Filipina farmer’s gardening passion helps Canadians afford fresh vegetables

Filipina farmer’s gardening fresh vegetables
Gardening couple Rezel and Camille Rossignol operate Hearn Farm in Grand Falls in Canada. Screengrab from CBC video, photo from Rezel Rossignol FB.

Filipina farmer Rezel Rossignol and her biochemist husband in New Brunswick, Canada, are helping local residents in their community access fresh vegetables at affordable prices.

Rezel and Camille Rossignol work together at Hearn Farm in Grand Falls to provide their community with less expensive produce amid rising food prices in Canada.

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Vegetables like bottle gourd, Chinese cabbage, tatsoi, peanuts, luffa, Asian spinach, bitter gourd, corn, potatoes, and many more, grow on the farm operated by the couple.

In an interview with CBC, Filipina farmer Rezel said that her passion for growing crops stems from her upbringing in a small farming village in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat in the Philippines.

“I love planting because I was raised with a family of farmers…I love plants and I love veggies. I love watching them grow,” Rezel told CBC on May 28, 2022.

“From the seeds that you put in the dirt, until they bloom and produce, it is really satisfying to see,” Rezel enthused.

Rezel and Camille married in 2017 and started their garden in New Brunswick. The CBC reports that the couple is among the many locals in the area who have taken up home gardening to deal with inflation.

“I wish in my big heart, to help, my community especially, to buy affordable veggies and healthy ones, especially at this time of the year that everything is up or expensive,” Rezel said.

Rezel’s husband, Camille, said he is often pleasantly surprised by Rezel’s raw instincts in farming.

“Me being a biochemist, I just analyze the soil, and she just goes through it and will tell me ‘Oh, I don’t think that will fit’ and she’s mostly right, just by the texture of the soil,” Camille Rossignol said.

The Filipina farmer hopes to encourage more local residents to try home gardening and farming.

“If you do gardening, do it from the heart. I know you can do everything as long as you love what you are doing, just like any job that you are doing, as long as you love it, you can do everything,” Rezel told aspiring gardeners.

Filipino families secured their food source with home gardens amid the quarantine using edible landscaping (EL) starter kits by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) while these social enterprises gave consumers easier access to fresh produce amid strict lockdown measures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Filipina farmer Rezel Rossignol and her biochemist husband in New Brunswick, Canada for helping local residents in their community access fresh vegetables at affordable prices.

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