People just like you are living off the land | Queen of Green | David Suzuki Foundation
Métis singer-songwriter/university student/beekeeper Liv Wade and Christi Salyn, who runs a property management business, own and operate Heartfelt Farm on Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Liv grew up in the country. Christi was a city kid. Their mutual love for nature, animals and a healthy, sustainable lifestyle brought them together to grow food and enjoy the benefits of being close to the land.
Where did you learn to run a successful farm?
Liv: From the time I could walk, I was around animal care/farm life — in 4H and on my aunt and uncle’s farm. I was in a serious car accident while living in Vancouver. I decided to connect back to where I felt myself the most — to nature, animals and family — to heal. I also took a beekeeping program.
Christi: I had many homes and jobs on farms. My first job on Salt Spring was in a natural food store on a 10-acre farm. I felt inspired to learn all I could about the lifestyle. I asked endless questions to old farmers. I collected hundreds of books at garage sales and thrift stores.