We (Heather Thoma and Paul Salanki) bring diverse backgrounds and skills to our farming enterprise.
We have been farming and working with communities on Manitoulin Island since 2003. From 2003 to 2010 we provided 50 families, two farmers markets, local restaurants and a co-op with fresh organic/Biodynamic produce through our Community Shared Agriculture project and market garden. Since 2010 we have shifted to focus on growing organic/Biodynamic grains and field crops, and milling fresh stone-ground flours and rolled oats for sale locally, regionally, and provincially. We also work with food security and education initiatives to build community resilience on multiple levels.
The name LoonSong comes from our regular experiences hearing and seeing loons in the places on Manitoulin where we have lived and gardened. Loons are ancient birds, who mate for life – so in their calling we are reminded of our connection to the wisdom of the past, and of commitment to a work that is viable for the long-term future.