About Me

IMG_4649Some people are simply farmers. Get up and ready for the newest day.  As farmers, we prepare the soil, plant the seed, feed and water, and hope for sufficient sunshine. Then we weed and till.

With a combination of luck and skill, we harvest the bounty, save seeds for next year, and the cycle continues.

It has been suggested, if not argued, that we learn from our mistakes. I’ve made more than a few. Consequently you’ll find me to be remarkably well prepared to share the pitfalls that litter the path ahead and that can be of benefit moving forward.

Personal interests include organic agriculture as Owner/Operator of Stepping Stone Heritage Farm, rare breeds of domestic livestock, asset protection, and most recently working with my wonderful wife Pat as hosts and co-innkeeper of The Cooper’s Inn B&B in beautiful Shelburne, Nova Scotia. A pretty good Breakfast Chef as it happens.

Once a farmer, always a farmer. Farming is as much philosophy as the whole ‘hoe and sickle’ thing. As an Inn-Keeper I continue to farm. It’s all about the social connections and sincere interest and curiosity. You’re invited to experience and explore ‘life beyond the ordinary’. It’s surprising how few residents of Nova Scotia haven’t made that discovery. It may be about roads less traveled or the draw of more populated areas. A sign that I read for the first time in late 2014 reads ‘Shelburne.Calm’  Perhaps you’ll get to experience it as well.


Years of practical experience with both Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown standards make me more aware of what the past attributes to today’s reality and tomorrow’s promises.  My association with Homestead Organics spanned over a decade, selling certified product selection includes livestock feeds and supplements as well as field crop seeds, garden and greenhouse supplies for the Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown industries.

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” ~John James Audubon

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