Jonathan Knight has been farming organically in the Kispiox Valley since 2009. A love of growing food, living in wild places, learning old skills, and figuring things out led the way to this historic farmstead on the sunny south slope of Tenas Hill. Prior to sowing the seeds of WoodGrain Farm, Jonathan got his hands in the soil across the country during wwoofing stints and bicycle travels.
Jonathan is also an accomplished baker and miller, and his past bakery True Grain Bread on Vancouver Island received acclaim near and far:
“Like any food obsessed community anywhere in the world, the heart of the place is the bakery, and Jonathan Knight has set about to reinvent bread baking in the tiny town of Cowichan Bay.” The Globe & Mail May 2007
“Jonathan Knight established his bakery along the main road, thereby transforming the little village into an epicenter of the artisanal movement on the island.” Gourmet Magazine Aug 2009
Cowichan Bay Bakery article Victoria Times Colonist April 2007
After heading north, Jonathan co-ordinated the establishment of the Skeena Bakery in New Hazelton as a social enterprise workplace for people with disabilities. He also helped germinate the Hazelton Farmers’ Market, and continues to serve on the market board as well as with the Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market.
Jolene Swain has called WoodGrain Farm home since 2015. She has a Masters in organic pest management through SFU, and has done extensive biology field work throughout BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. She is also an organic farm inspector, has a passion for foraging wild mushrooms, and is particularly fond of the macro lens on her camera while in the garden.
“The farm’s called WoodGrain Farm, by the way. It is a little slice of paradise. The light is always perfect, the wind never blows, the bugs hardly bite. It takes a long time to get here, but people get here, and then they stay.” Eugénie Frerichs, Modern Farmer August 2013