We are Jennie Videto, Chris Lambert, and Winnifred Sunshine, the two farmers (and farm pup) of Catena Farm. Over a decade ago we fell in love with the idea of growing food for our community and one day running our own farm. We are currently in our third season of growing and loving every second of it.
Our sweet farm pup joined the family in the 2019 season and puts in many hours on the job. Winnie is in charge of vole patrol, snacking on extra vegetables, rolling in everything possible, and digging helpful holes in the middle of our walking paths.
Our operation originally started on a very small garden plot in the city of Ottawa. This was a great learning experience for us and as we gained experience, we began selling garlic and holding annual spring seedling sales. These became popular enough that we received requests to start selling other produce, which we did, customizing weekly orders for friends and family.
Eventually we outgrew our garden and have since started to farm on a 1 acre rented piece of land while we look for the perfect farm to purchase and settle down on. Our philosophy, however, will always be to try to grow the best quality produce possible, which is why we plan on staying small.
Our current farm is located in Shawville, Quebec. We actively farm on one acre with the intent of doubling our production to two acres when we own our own property. We are choosing to restrict our land use so that we are able to immerse ourselves in the ebb and flow of farm life but still maintain a balanced work-home life. We don’t need to be a multi-million dollar farm to feel successful, so we work enough to be comfortable, and find happiness in our work, each other, friends and family.