Marcelle Brooks and Mike Mahood’s dream of a quiet, rural life in Lambton County quickly turned into a life-changing fight against wind energy companies and the Ontario government. She grew up in Port Franks and works in an office, and he grew up in rural northern Alberta and works construction.
“We wanted to get back to the farm,” Mahood said. When 102 acres on Ridge Road in Lambton Shores went up for auction five years ago, it was just what they were looking for. About one-third of the land is woodlot and Mud Creek flows through the farm that sits on the quiet, tree-lined unpaved road.
“We love being here,” Brooks said. They converted the farm to an organic operation where they grow mixed grains. “It was a struggle for the first few years,” Mahood said. “The land basically has to be taught how to grow again.” They also began growing garlic for themselves, and planted more to sell to others. Growing, drying and processing a half acre or so of organic garlic is a lot of work, and most of it’s manual labour. Read article