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    It’s all happening! I’m excited to be writing my very first blog post on our new and gorgeous Simcoe Organics website. So, hello!

    Here’s a bit about me:

    My name is Emily Wilson, and I have somehow snagged the dream position of being paid to grow organic food. I’ve been obsessed with food for as long as I can remember, beginning with eating it, into cooking it and now growing it. I recall bursting into tears at age five at the sheer cruelty of a world that would allow an entire homemade blueberry pie to slide off the top of my Dad’s Buick Skylark and smash into smithereens on the pavement below. Utterly tragic.

    I’ve been gardening for about a decade, although only really got serious about it 5 years ago. What started off as a sweet but largely ineffective hobby has grown into a full time life style. I’ve been helped and mentored along the way by various people and organizations, including at both the Strathcona Community Garden in Vancouver, and the amazing juggernaut of political, social and vegetable change that is the Orillia Community Garden. Now, the stars have aligned to allow me to make a living doing something I truly love, and for that, I am humbled and grateful.

    Hmmm, what else? I performed in the opera as a child (the highlight of my career was playing the so often underrated role of a frightened chipmunk in Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde), I was trained as a magician’s assistant, I was part of a women’s cob building collective, I’m far too obsessed with CBC Radio, I’ve never owned cell phone, and I’ve been a vegetarian for  18 years but have recently decided to eat animal products as long as they’re the weird organs no when else wants. Hey, it’s local!

    Now that spring is in full gallop, I’m furiously digging, raking and planting with my pint-sized helper, Levon. I’ll be keeping you updated as to what’s growing, what’s sulking (I’m looking at you, lanky spinach transplants), and where we are on our journey through the first year of running a market garden. Until next time…

    - Emily




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