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Meet Your Workshop Guide
Hey there, I’m Dan Brisebois
Farmer by day, spreadsheet maniac by early morning. (Asleep by night)
On a continual quest to keep farm systems simple and give farmers the tools to be able to keep farming.
I want to see soil and seed stewards across the landscape. I think it’s the best way that we can keep communities rooted in the land.
Every month I’m here with another online workshop to bring you systems and spreadsheets to better manage your farm so that you can keep farming!
Here’s are some facts about where I farm
Tourne-Sol co-operative farm is in Les Cèdres,Québec (that’s in Canada)
Tourne-Sol is a play on the French tournesol which means sunflower. The play on words is that it also means turn the soil.
The farm runs as a workers coop (I’m one of the founding members)
In 2005 we were 5 coop members. Now we have 7 coop members + 12 non coop members
Non coop members can become members over time
- 7 acres of organic vegetables
- 1 acre of organic seeds
- 4+ acres in full year cover crops in our rotation cycle
- There are also a lot of flowers in our fields
In 2005, we had 110 CSA members and 2 farmers markets. Now, we’ve phased out markets and have 500 weekly CSA baskets
In 2005, seed sales were $700. These days we sell more seeds than vegetables - we have an online seed store and seed racks in 150+ stores
This is what the farm looks like now, it is ever changing