Ann Slater has been growing and selling vegetables to the people of St. Marys and the surrounding communities in Southwestern Ontario for over thirty years. Since the mid-1990s, the small, intensive 1.5-acre market garden has been her full-time occupation. One of the reasons she has kept her market garden small is because she loves doing the physical labour herself, rather than managing hired help to plant, harvest or take care of the weeds.
As a small-scale market gardener, my most important piece of equipment is my body. My muscles can replace much of the work my equipment and tools do for me, but those same tools cannot replace the daily work done by my hands, my back, my knees and the rest of my body.
The fields around my farm in southwestern Ontario have rows and rows, and acres and acres, of corn and soybeans.