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Megan Samms, a textile artist and co-owner of Tuckaway Farm, Apiary & Apothecary, makes her home in Katalisk Sipu, the Mi'kmaw name for the area around the Codroy Valley, not far from where she grew up.
This area was once known for its active saw and wool mills, flourishing craft practices and unique microclimate that enabled farmers to grow rich, nourishing crops.
Both Samms's art and her farming methods are thoughtful, practical, beautiful and sustainable.
"With my textile work, I make things for people to use. I want people to clean up spills, to see it as a living thing that you can use," she said. "I use organic fibres, forage for plant dyes. The unused fabric scraps get given away, or I try to find another use. Spent dyes are composted, and I use rainwater in the washing and dye process," said Samms.
She and her partner Ash have spent months building and transforming a small building on their property into an off-grid studio where they'll host a craft and textile library. This space will also be the home of an artist-in-residence, and function as a learning and craft hub.
The operation is a sustainable farm with honey bees, chickens and a few pigs.
Samms plants heritage, open-pollinated and organic seeds, along with flowers that provide the bees with nectar and pollen.
They grow herbs, tomatoes, lettuces — a whole gamut of crops. But they've also made some surprising things — like chickpeas — work here.
Samms and her partner help organize craft markets, gardening markets, and community garden events.
"The goal — or at least one of my personal goals — is to see this area become self-sustainable for food," she said.