We believe in common-sense food –
What this means for us is that our relationship with our members is more important than certification or labels. We strive to be as transparent as possible about our practices and decision making and we strive to answer our member’s questions as quickly and as accurately as possible. If we don’t know the answer to one – we will find out.
This being our first growing season there will be a fair amount of our practices that are bound to change and evolve overtime as our membership grows and our familiarity with our land builds.
Here are a few tenants that will never change though;
Prevention is always the best practice–
Whether it is about preventing a cabbage moth outbreak or foot rot in our herd; practicing prevention, anticipating problems and identifying opportunities to avoid a problem before it arrives are key to minimizing the use of either chemicals or medications..
A sick animal will always receive proper care and consideration – failing prevention; we will never prolong an animals discomfort for the sake of our financial profit. When we do treat an animal – it will be with the most appropriate means available to us. This could include veterinary counsel, medication or in an extreme case, euthanasia. Again, prevention is our number one policy with regards to animal health.
Local economies are the most resilient and most deserving of investment –
This is an important practice to us and means we place a priority on supporting small scale, competent businesses whenever possible. We love getting tips and suggestions about other businesses that we can partner with and a chance to collaborate is seldom passed over. This means that sometimes our farm inputs, such as spent grain from a brewery, may not be GMO-free or Organic – rather they are the best available and reasonable way to support and collaborate. What this means for our members is accessibility and affordability. One of the biggest criticisms of the local food movement is its exclusivity and we take that criticism seriously. Accessibility as part of sustainability is a tenant of our culinary identity. Whenever possible we will always work towards small, closed loop supply networks rather than long, linear supply chains that take your money out of your community, your province or your country.
Nature is at its strongest when it is at its most diverse –
We believe that for farms to be ecologically viable they require the inputs and contributions of both plants and animals. While some might object to using animal products like meat, wool or milk, we see this as a key agreement between us and our land. Our animals are very much a part of our family and are loved every day they are with us. Animals of all sizes exist in the healthiest ecosystems & our aim is to build the vigor of our farm by incorporating as many different species of plant and animals possible – adding more every season and reaping the benefits of their presence to share with our members.
Success can be measured by many different targets –
Lastly, we believe that success isn’t measured by endless growth and expansion of our business but rather by staying small and measuring our improvements year over year in quality rather than quantity. Deeper soils, richer relationships and better performance of crops and livestock will be the key indicators that we are on the right track with Tapestry.
Any questions that you may have can be directed towards our email and will be answered as soon as possible.