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Lightfoot

Lightfoot

The Perennial Plate - Sn 3/Ep 4The Perennial Plate - Sn 3/Ep 4

The story of a family's lost land and it's recovery over generations.  Now back in Lightfoot hands, it is being used to make biodynamic wine with the pull of the world's largest tide cycle (The Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia) within eye sight. 

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- Here's an old ledger, an old farm ledger. There's poetry and songs and-- Price of farm with apples, $7,500. Amount paid down, 1,500, mortgage held by C.R. Chipman six grand, pretty basic math. So that's how they started their farming here on this land. And then it very quickly went downhill from there to the fact that they had to start to sell land to survive. I, um, grew up in the town of Wolfville, but my heart was out here in the country with my grandmother. She always had a big market garden and an apple farm and she didn't really spray it or tend it, she just picked the apples, if they had scabs on them so be it. - Hey , good morning. - How are you? - I'm well, how are you doing? You're good? Happy harvest. - It wasn't called biodynamics to her, it was just called farming. And she would scoff at the neighbors when their fertilizer bags would blow over onto our farm, she would curse like a sailor about that. So I got the impression, really, at a young age that was wrong. In the downturn of the apple industry, they sold land in the 60s to basically stay in their house and to provide them a bit of an income. And I just remember this cloud over our family for having to sell this land. And the particular farmer who purchased it used a lot of petro chemicals and we just started to see a lot of different with the trees and the biology that used to be really prevalent on the farm. I just remember having this unexplainable urge to make things right. And I didn't even know, really, how to do that or what it was all about. One, two, three, go, go, go. Excellent. Push hard. Heavy? That'll probably do us, for now. This looks good, I don't know what it is. It's a beautiful day to start harvest, vintage 2017. So I want to say thank you everybody. - Cheers. To the future. - Future. - Don't forget me, dad. - I won't forget you, cheers. Well that's for James. Be very careful and take it around. James, Meadow's got your chili. Through the course of hard work and sacrifice, me with a young family, I had to work hard and I had to work off the farm and on the farm and we slowly built it up. So we've got it back now. We were able to purchase that land in the 90s so that it's a viable enterprise. We always said collectively in our family we wanted to leave the land better for the next generation. That was handed down from my grandmother to my father and now from me to my daughters. We're here, this is our land and this is our namesake and this is our legacy.

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