About

The farm

A small-scale ecological farm specializing in organic Asian vegetables.

Cultivating a quarter acre in Perth, Ontario, Bao Bao Farm aims to foster biodiversity on the farm and bring cultural diversity to the local farmer’s market. Using no-till and biointensive methods with mostly hand tools, the farm produces a variety of culturally significant Asian vegetables, as well as seasonal staples. Bao Bao Farm will be serving Parkdale Farmers Market during the summer months on Saturdays.

Bao Bao Farm is located on the traditional territory of the Wendake-Nionwentsïo, the Algonquin and the Anishinaabeg peoples. 

 

The farmer

Shini approaches farming with compassion for the planet and deep love for foods that remind her of Home — Japan and China.

Shini’s roots were planted in Japan by her Chinese parents before moving to Canada. While living in Toronto, she wanted to support local food systems by shopping at farmers markets, however she was disappointed to find a lack of Asian representation in both food and farmers at the markets. She felt compelled to fill the gap with locally grown foods that she loves to eat and that resonate with her and her community.

Shini started Bao Bao Farm in 2021 with the goal to serve local, fresh, pesticide-free veggies that are culturally relevant to the community. Growing East Asian crops is a way of reconnecting to her heritage and culture. She hopes to reclaim the narrative around East Asian crops and foodways via farming and sharing cooking tips.

Starting the farm from ground up without formal training or generational wealth is challenging and fulfilling. She seeks to pull out a chair for aspiring BIPOC farmers at the farming table by sharing her journey and learnings on her social media.

Shini holds an undergraduate degree in Math and Engineering from Queen’s University. She applies her strong system thinking and analytical skills to run her farm business efficiently. She earned her own seed fund for Bao Bao Farm by leveraging her software development skills in the tech industry. When not farming, Shini enjoys making art, geeking out over sustainable building designs and lying down on the ground.

 

Farming practices

Beyond organic.

We proudly grow our vegetables with the highest standards. We are not certified organic, but we follow and go beyond all organic practices. The certification is too cost prohibitive for our small farm at the moment. 

  • We don't use any pesticides or any other synthetic chemicals.
  • We farm no till and grow on permanent beds, which means we minimize soil disturbance to allow the living soil food web to thrive.
  • We are human scale and farm without a tractor.
  • We use locally sourced compost and homemade natural fertilizers for fertility.
  • We love cover cropping to improve soil structure and fertility.
  • We minimize the use of single use plastic in our production and packaging.
  • We plant hedgerows of native plants and wild flower to increase biodiversity on the farm.

If you have any questions on how we farm, feel free to send us an email!