Kent Coates – Farm Owner
I spent 12 years in the Navy and in 2006, as the Head of the Marine Systems Engineering Department in HMCS FREDERICTON, I decided that with a young family and lots of energy it was time to farm the land we had purchased four years earlier. During my time in the Navy I had two main hobbies: first, I took every opportunity to learn about agriculture and farm businesses and second, athletics including cycling, triathlons and later white water canoeing. While I raced at two world championships and a world games, I find my business takes just as much energy and comes with a lot more challenges. The challenges can be rewarding and I take great satisfaction in developing environmentally sound crop rotations and farm practices while growing great tasting food. “Putting things away for the winter” is another satisfying part of our work; getting all the hay made, firewood stored and storage crops safely “in” for the winter leaves a great sense of accomplishment. I also like to challenge myself with designing and manufacturing specialized farm equipment to make our farm run more efficiently. I like building things: machinery, buildings, and community. I envision my farm growing more and more food that we produce using very sustainable practices while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. I think that a farm is a great place to bring up children.