How do you catch your breath at the end of the day?
I find any excuse to walk the field. And during long summer days, when the staff has gone home and I have the farm to myself, I love to drive the tractor in as the sun is setting and flocks of swallows fill the sky.
What are the essential tools of the trade?
Coffee. I can’t speak a full sentence if I don’t have my morning coffee. Also, good protective gear and work gear. Being able to get my job done while feeling comfortable is important.
Speaking of work gear, why do you choose to wear Blundstone boots?
I chose them because they look cool, comfortable and like they worked with my lifestyle. They’re awesome. They ventilate really well, so they’re great all year round. I put them on in the morning when I get to work and, because they’re stylish, I’ll just hose them off if I’m going out to dinner. People stop to ask me about my boots all the time.
What do you value as a consumer?
Hand-craftsmanship, usability and accessibility. I want to produce food that still tastes fresh after a week in the fridge. I want it to be something everyone can get their hands on and enjoy. Similarly, Blundstone has a shoe for everybody, with unisex sizing and lasting quality—I had my first pair for five years and just retired them.
What do you hope the farm looks when you’ve retired your next pair of boots?
Every summer, when this work gets really hard, I just think about why I do this. I love that we produce something real, something tangible, that feeds people. It makes it worthwhile. Five years from now, I’d love to see One Leaf Farm become a part of something bigger, or something that provides a lot of different things for different people. I really like to idea of a more cooperatively run enterprise. It could be run by a group of people who share a passion and grow more accomplished together.
This post is produced in partnership with Blundstone.
Words:MacKenzie Lewis Kassab