Mission and Goals

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The Hayes Farm is a community farm and educational space that aims to foster a thriving and resilient culture of local food growers, eaters, and supporters. Our human-scale regenerative farming model advances food security and food sovereignty, socioeconomic responsibility, environmental accountability, and prosperity of purpose in the local community. We will accomplish this by integrating Wabanaki wisdom & food ways, principles of land-based learning, and deep-rooted connections and responsibilities to our Earth Mother.

Guiding Principles


The Hayes Farm is on traditional Wolastoqey territory. In 1725, the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) signed the first Treaties of the Peace and Friendship with the British Crown, where land was neither ceded nor surrendered. The Treaties of Peace and Friendship were a mutual promise to a commitment of respect and peace between nations and their generations to come.

As the future generations and current beneficiaries of these treaties, it is now our responsibility to live in peace and friendship with one another as sovereign nations, as well as with our Mother Earth.

Everything we do at Hayes Farm is human-scale, regenerative, and relationship-based.

Goals


Knowledge Sharing

a) Provide a comprehensive training program on a working farm to teach:

  • Beginners how to confidently grow food for their communities,

  • Experienced growers to critically examine and further develop their current agricultural and food distribution practices, and

  • Local residents how to evaluate their role in the food system and take action to create change.

b) Create a community farm model and template that can be easily adopted and adapted in other communities.

 

Enterprise and Stewardship

Create a model of prosperous and regenerative agriculture.

Help participants join a growing network of resources and community.

 

Reconnection and Indigenous Land Use

In the spirit of and honouring Indigenous culture and food ways, integrate principles of land-based learning, decolonization, and reconnection.

Remove barriers to entry to be inclusive and to be accessible.

Food Sovereignty and Self-Determination

Contribute directly to New Brunswick’s food security by producing food.

Help growers to become advocates for local food and farmer autonomy.

Empower communities in their decisions around food, farming, and their relationships with the land.