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 It doesn't get much better than fresh vegetables, but fresh vegetables grown right at the Backed By Bees location does take the cake.  We are incredibly excited to announce that we have moved forward and have begun to work together with Ryan on a market garden.  We are looking forward to help you stock your kitchen with fresh local vegetables.

We asked Ryan a couple of questions to get to know him and his passion a bit better and here is what he had to say...

1. Why market gardening?

My decision to pursue a career in market gardening developed from my love of growing food, my interest in nature, and my awareness of the negative impacts that come with industrial agriculture. I can’t think of a more fulfilling career. I can’t wait to grow vegetables in a way that benefits the surrounding nature as well as supplies a healthy, flavourful product to my customers. 

2. Can you tell us a bit about the garden, what are you planning on growing and are there any practices you use? (organic growing etc.)

This spring/summer I plan to have different varieties of kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, radish, potatoes, beans, zucchini, carrots, beets, lettuce, and cucumbers.

This garden is really me just learning on the fly. I’ve always had a big home garden but nothing to this scale.

All of my produce is to be grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, etc. The plants are fed solely through the use of compost. Compost improves the soil while supplying nutrients, which in turn produces great vegetables. 

3. What is the easiest thing to grow - and the hardest?

When it comes to easy vegetables you can’t beat kale. It grows quickly, it’s tough (even surviving temperatures in the negatives), and people love it. 

Every gardener has their vegetable nemesis and I would have to say mine is beets. I’ve always had trouble with the crop but through careful planning, I’m hoping to be able to have a steady supply for you all. 

4. Why do you believe in local?

In my mind, local equals quality. A local producer has the opportunity to make a high-quality product available for their surrounding community. I believe agriculture has taken a wrong turn; focusing on producing large quantities of sub-par produce. Growing on a small-scale allows me to focus on attaining the highest quality of vegetables I can, through using practices I believe in. I then get the privilege of making this produce available directly to those in my community who care. 

It’s been said that the only way you can be sure of the quality of your veg, is to know the name of the person who grew it. 

5. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Ryan Lawson, I’m 22, and I’m taking a swing at growing vegetables for a living. If I’m not gardening I’m probably playing guitar. In the past, I’ve been the singer and rhythm guitarist in a couple of rock bands around the Hamilton area. The private jets, money, and endless parties that come with the rockstar life have caught up with me and I’m looking to settle down as a market gardener. 

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