Growing Food in the City - Burnaby, Instructor 2016
Diploma in Organic Landcare – Gaia College 2009
Owner Operator – Just Imagine Landscape Design and Maintenance Whistler BC 2004-2013
Owner Operator – Ruby’s Run Urban Farms Sechelt BC 2013-present
Farm Manager – Salish Soils Mine Reclamation Gardens Sechelt, BC 2013-2015
Certified Professional Massage Therapist Whistler BC 1996-present
Michelle Young is an avid organic farmer and landscape contractor who has spent the last 25 years working in the fields of healing arts and organic land-care.
Michelle’s land-care projects have ranged from ornamental landscaping to edible landscaping to organic market gardening.
An early innovative education in Ecological Landscape Design and as a Certified Organic Master Gardener propelled her to pioneer the implementation of organic land-care practices into the Whistler commercial landscape scene. Her portfolio contains a collection of Whistler strata properties and numerous private residences.
In 2005 she was mentored into an organic farming operation in the Pemberton Valley. Michelle gratefully acquired the understanding and practice of growing for market, small greenhouse production, farm-gate sales, restaurant supply and CSA weekly private orders and delivery.
She is a practitioner of healing arts and massage since1996.
Upon arriving in Sechelt in 2013, Michelle and her partner took the barren back yard of their house and transformed it into an urban market garden. With a mandate to “Feed the Neighbors”, Ruby’s Run Urban Farms was established as Sechelt’s first urban farm, providing Garden Gate Sales to local residents and restaurant customers.
In the spring of 2014/15, Michelle was invited to co-create Sechelt’s second Urban Farm, under contract to a First Nations Composting Facility. The initial task was to demonstrate land reclamation in a more wholesome fashion than what has traditionally been done. The result was a two-acre organic food farm established on an abandoned tailings pond of a large, active, gravel mining operation. The farm flourished, the surrounding ecosystem re-established and farm students were mentored.
The community benefitted.
This inspirational project was a beautiful and practical example of a waste to resource cycle, of restorative land reclamation. Michelle enthusiastically endorses the process of increasing local, natural food production while simultaneously beautifying the neighborhood. She believes the time is “now” for supplying nutritious locally grown produce to the people and understands the importance of her community having a healthy relationship with their food and those who produce it.
For the future she dreams of creating access to honorable employment on farms by teaching and empowering our youth and community to grow their food while demonstrating a “can do” approach.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I truly appreciate it.