Simone McIsaac and Sarah Stewart
Simone McIsaac and Sarah Stewart (McMillan) – 2008 Graduates of the UBC Farm Practicum
Simone and Sarah met during their practicum at the UBC Farm in 2008, and are now co-owners of Rootdown Organic Farm, a mixed vegetable farm serving restaurants, grocery stores and CSA members in the Pemberton and Whistler area. After completing the practicum at the UBC Farm, Sarah started Rootdown in 2009 and Simone joined the following year, after working at another farm on Vancouver Island. Since 2010, the farm has developed into a multiple-acre project, serving 20 restaurants and grocery stores, and over 70 CSA members, as well as raising Heritage pigs. The practicum program served as a foundational stepping stone for both Sarah and Simone, providing a wide array of organic farming resources on a spectrum of topics that has allowed them to grow into the farm that they are today.