your farmers

who we are

Question: If you won a million dollars what would you do with your life?

“We’d grow a lot of food.”

Tamara McMullen

Tamara in our fields

I am an unashamed plant geek.  I love flowers, I love leaves and I love Latin names.  I’ve spent much of my life learning about plants: how they grow and how to design with them.  I spent my childhood playing in the woods and my teenage years working at a garden centre.  I studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph and practiced in the field when I graduated.

It took me two years of landscape architectural practice, and a lot of nudges from Brian, to realize that I did not want to work in an office; I wanted to get my hands into the soil and grow food.  Food has always been important to me.  For my whole life my family has come together around food and so embedded in all of my favorite family memories is the smell and taste of the meal we shared.

Farming is hard, but it’s also my dream job. I get to play with plants all day, spend lots of time in my personal happy place- the greenhouse, and I get feed my community and my family.

I’m so lucky to know that what I want to do in my life is live it simply, with Brian, and now our son Jack, growing good food for good people and telling the story of that food.

Brian Wiley

Brian the happy hoer
Brian the happy hoer

I grew up on the land where we started our farm.  I spent my childhood outdoors with limited access to electronics, developing a fondness of the natural world and a keen sense of curiosity and creativity.  I continued to pursue outdoor projects and worked with my hands throughout high school and University, gaining practical skills through landscaping work and theoretical knowledge through my studies in landscape architecture.

It was at the University of Guelph that my eyes were opened to the many issues and opportunities in the world.  I began to develop a passion for homesteading and a desire for a self sufficient lifestyle.  This eventually led to my interest in farming as a profession that presented the best way to meet my newly developed life goals while simultaneously addressing many of the issues in the world I had learned about.  I moved back to where I had grown up and built a sustainable home on wheels. 

We lived in that tiny home on wheels for several years, and began our farm. In 2017, we were able to find our own land and moved to what we call our forever farm, where we continue our homesteading, market gardening, simple living adventure.

Jack Wiley

Jack checking out our new hedgerow

Jack joined us in August of 2014.

He is a big fan of dirt, worms, and of food and he is a joy to have with us on the farm.

He loves harvesting cherry tomatoes, finding the “ready” broccoli, and coming to market whenever possible.

He is so lucky to be part of this incredible, loving community in which we live and grow.

6 thoughts on “your farmers”

  1. Hi, Tamara and Brian. Cathy (also a Guelph grad) and I are seasonal cottagers in Bayfield and just encountered you at today’s Bayfield Farmers Market. Then we came home and checked out your lovely website. Then we ate the fresh greens we bought today. Wow! 3-D high-def fantastic greens! We spend the rest of the year in the San Francisco area, so we’re spoiled for fresh food and mourn its absence when we get to Bayfield. But no more! We are really excited to have learned about Firmly Rooted, and are deeply impressed by the sentiments about living and the land expressed on your website. We wish you the best of luck living out your ideals and making yourselves happy. We’ll be seeing you at the Bayfield Farmers Market. Hope you’ll be there every Friday! We feel lucky to have you in the Bayfield area.

    1. Hi Bill and Cathy,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments! We are really enjoying the Bayfield market and the enthusiasm for fresh healthy veggies and our farm ideals. You will certainly see us there every week, we are looking forward to it! See you again soon.

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