Rupert Jannasch grew up on the south shore of Nova Scotia and his early experiences in the woods and helping on farms led to a lifelong interest in agriculture. After high school, he worked extensively on farms around the world including an apprenticeship on a farm in Germany. On his travels he became interested in organic agriculture and in the late 1980s became the first organic inspector in Atlantic Canada. Rupert has worked as an occasional instructor at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, conducted pasture research and extension work and later became Executive Director of REAP (Resource Efficient Agriculture Production) Canada, a Montreal-based NGO promoting biomass fuels and international development. Freelance writing for farming periodicals has always occupied his spare time.
In 2004, he purchased the farm now known as Ironwood Farm in Summerville, Hants Co. Nova Scotia. There he operates a modest, mixed farming operation selling vegetables, fruit and lamb to wholesale and retail markets. Capitalizing on the farm's unique location, microclimate and diverse woodlot, also hosts farm tours and holds workshops on a variety of topics.
Heather Johnson spent much of her formative years working in either her father’s orchard, or at the local exotic animal farm (now Zoo). It was only after finding her way to Hwy 215 over a decade ago that she rediscovered her family connection to the Hants Shore dating back over one hundred years, which may help to explain her undeniable attraction to the area. The sheep are part of a long-term plan to work with fiber and supply fleece for felting with her students. She divides her time between the critters, vegetation and geology of Ironwood Farm and some amazing children and teens in Halifax, where she is deputy head teacher at Halifax Independent School.