Mission and Goals
The Hayes Farm is a community-led organization that aims to inspire and mobilize New Brunswickers toward a resilient and thriving food system by providing them with the skills, expertise and support to practice human-scale regenerative agriculture. Our model addresses local food security, financial responsibility, personal and spiritual fulfillment for individuals and food production in the local community. We do this in the spirit of honouring Indigenous culture and food ways, integrative principles of land-based learning and reconnection.
The Hayes Farm is on traditional Wolastoqey territory. In 1725, the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) signed the first of the Peace and Friendship Treaties 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:
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.