Entangled Roots is a herb and flower farm and beekeeping operation that also offers hands-on education. It is run by Becky Ellis (farmer/beekeeper/workshop leader) with help from Sean Kaiser (farmer/beekeeper). It originally developed out of Permaculture for the People, a blog and podcast created by Becky to promote activist-oriented permaculture. The blog/podcast has a new name, The Re-enchantment, and can be found here. We decided to call our operation Entangled Roots, which speaks to the deep connections – the entanglements – that all living beings and things have to one another. As farmers, we know that the flourishing of the plants and critters (and us!) depends on the relationships that exist within the soil, among the roots.
Entangled Roots also connects us to agrarian pasts. Becky’s roots are on a small family ‘livestock’ farm in Southwestern Ontario. She developed an interest in urban agriculture in early adulthood which led her in a variety of directions including graduate studies, permaculture work, and beekeeping. She has an M.A in Anthropology (2010) and will have a PhD in Geography (2021) from Western University. Her academic work has focused on community gardening, urban commoning, urban beekeeping and pollinator gardening. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Earth Activist Training in 2010.
Sean is Becky’s partner. His childhood roots aren’t grounded in farming but he has developed an interest in organic gardening and permaculture shortly after meeting – becoming entangled with – Becky. As an enthusiastic participant in their many urban agriculture adventures, he is excited for the next part of their journey as farmers and more serious beekeepers. Sean’s main passion is making art.
Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine and we hope to reflect this ethos in our work. We also believe in confronting systems of exploitation and oppression, especially as we encounter them in the agricultural system. We hope to help create better worlds for everyone – people, non-human animals, and plants!