Ferme et Forêt

The Farmers

Geneviève LeGal-Leblanc 

IMG_2746_1Geneviève has nearly fifteen years of experience in agriculture, from tapping maple trees and keeping bees at her family’s Lanark homestead, to apprenticing on a farm in Benin, West Africa, to earning a diploma in Agriculture and International Development from Alfred College of the University of Guelph. She has worked at the Canada Agriculture Museum, The Otesha Project, and teamed up with a friend to run Vegetable Patch – an urban organic market vegetable business that utilized unused backyards as its growing space. In between, she has harvested literally tons of wild foods. At Ferme et Forêt, she’s in charge of the veggies and wild foods, throwing her knowledge of biodynamic agriculture into the mix.


Sean Butler


Sean’s enthusiasm for growing food came first from a passion for eating good food. When he realized that one could grow or gather foods far superior to 99% of what’s available on the market, there was no looking back. He WWOOFed, apprenticed and worked on organic farms from BC’s Cortes Island to an abandoned Newfoundland outport. Put off by traditional agriculture’s “war against nature” mentality, he was drawn to permaculture, and completed his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009. Since then, he has designed the La Pêche Community Orchard at Eco Echo in Wakefield, a one third acre urban food forest in Ottawa, and taught permaculture to youth groups. An agricultural workshop and book junkie, he’s always learning and trying new things. At Ferme et Forêt, he heads up the maple syrup and egg operations, as well as developing new enterprises such as log-grown shiitake mushrooms and a diverse permaculture orchard. He writes about farming at La Terre Noire.