Keith was born in Star City in 1958; the household moved to Hudson Bay when he was five. Hisfather, Arnold, farmed and went logging, but did not raise livestock. Keith counts his farmingcareer from age 14 when he was first paid to drive tractor all summer long.At first he was a ‘conventional’ bachelor farmer, starting in the early 1980s. Like so many youngfarmers at that time, he was forced into bankruptcy before the decade ended. His father, stillfarming as well, scraped through and decided to ‘go organic’ rather than continue to pour moneyinto pesticides and fertilizers when it wasn’t coming back in yields or sales.Keith left to work in the Alberta oil patch for three years, then returned with a wife and a nestegg and so was in a position to take over the homestead when his father retired. They becameCertified Organic in 1990.In the spring of 2006, Keith attended a meeting in Prince Albert organized by Food Secure Sask.Everyone was really concerned about the quality of food available, the chemicals being used, andwho controlled their food supply. Keith knew a bit about Community Shared Agriculture, andsince he’d already been selling his beef directly to consumers since 2000, he started talking tosome city friends who were very enthusiastic about the idea. In the spring of 2007, he started hisCommunity Shared Agriculture Project: Etomami Community Organic (ECO) Farm.
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