Me and my good pals Ren and Stimpy: the first pigs I ever raised, hanging out by the mud hole.

My name is Jared James.

I grew up in Toronto and in the summers would go on many canoe trips to the Temagami region, Killarney and Algonquin Park.  At 15, I sprouted some saplings on a windowsill, within a year I had joined the Toronto Bonsai Society and growing trees became a hobby. At 17 I became a back-country canoe guide, I worked leading children aged 11-16 on canoe trips and taught them about nature and the skills to live in it. I then went to the University of Guelph to study ecology. I started growing vegetables, kept some egg laying hens and became interested in permaculture.  Living only an hour from the farm my grandparents owned I started to salvage fallen trees from the farms woods for lumber and began to recognize the lands vast potential. I would spend my springs at the farm and work summers as a guide. In 2011, I graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences majoring in Natural Resource Management with an area of emphasis in Crop Ecology and moved to the farm. I raised chickens, ducks, bees and pigs and started to really learn about farming. In 2014 I got the opportunity to farm the land full time and 'Timberline Farm' was underway. I got some more pigs, some cows, a tractor and got to work. 2014 saw 1200 trees get planted, three kilometers of page wire fence built, and the beginning of a long process of repairing the post and beam barn and shed. I enjoy raising livestock and I am proud of the ethical way I do so. But I am a farmer because I love nature; farming this land allows me to protect and enhance 149 acres of nature, raising and selling livestock is what makes it possible to do so. So enjoy Timberline Farms pasture raised pork and grass fed beef and you will be helping me help the environment.

Some food for thought...

To me, one of the most important things about farming that is lacking in the industry is transparency between the producers and consumers. With organic farming now part of the mainstream of agricultural production people are more aware of issues related to animal welfare, the use of antibiotics, hormones and pesticides, and the general health and safety impacts to both humans and the environment as a whole of the various agricultural production methods. This is a good thing, but as a consumer it is still important to think critically about the goods you are consuming, organic or not, and this means questioning the information the producers provide. Just because a product is 'organic' does not mean it didn't come from a 'factory' farm and, likewise, not all non-organics are produced in factory farms. However, it is fairly safe to assume that any 'organic' product offered for sale on the shelves of national or international supermarket chains is probably being produced on such a large scale that the 'organic' producer is not the romantic image of a traditional farm a consumer might be led to imagine. But there are many exceptions to this rule and for the most part it is up to the consumer to think critically about what they are buying and whether or not it truly reflects the method of agricultural production they would like to support. I do not claim to be the best farmer raising the best food the best way, but I am happy to explain to anyone exactly how and why I do things the way I do here on the farm.  Feel free to call or email for further information about Timberline Farm's methods of production or to arrange a visit to the farm to see them for yourself. To go to the 'Contact' page...

This photograph was taken in 2010 on Booth's Rock Trail in Algonquin Park.

Jonah the hen perching on my shoulder: one of my first four backyard chickens in Guelph with their guard dog, Mojo, in the background.