Mike Lanigan and Edith Barabash Transfarmed a Cattle Ranch into a Vegetable Farm

Mike Lanigan was a third-generation cattle rancher for 30 years. Four years ago, he partnered with ranch employee Edith Barabash to transition the ranch to a thriving organic vegetable farm and animal sanctuary. Their 28-acre vegetable farm at Farmhouse Garden now serves as their primary source of income.
Farmhouse Garden covers 100 acres, with 40 used for both the vegetable farm and the sanctuary. Experienced in growing vegetables before the transition, Mike expanded his garden by several acres to grow and sell more vegetables.
“We’ve found support in the most unlikely of places—like other ranchers in the community who originally seemed completely against what we were doing but after learning more actually ended up donating hay.” —Mike Lanigan and Edith Barabash
Farmhouse Garden sells its vegetables at the Village Market in Thornhill, serving hundreds of residents every week. Mike and Edith farm any vegetable that will grow in Ontario, including leafy greens, beans, peas, and roots.
Switching to growing vegetables is a great alternative, and it might require some training and research, but it’s so peaceful and a great way to still be connected with your land while making a living.
Farmhouse Garden also hosts events to educate others about the farm and the animals. Mike and Edith have found connecting with their community incredibly meaningful and inspiring. Learn more about Farmhouse Garden here.

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