The Metanoia Farmers
Preparing for our thirteenth season, the Metanoia Farmers are a group of students and alumni from Canadian Mennonite University. Emerging as farmers motivated by our faith, the Metanoia Farmers practice sustainable agriculture to provide good food to urban eaters. We operate as a workers cooperative and practice consensus decision-making models. We hope to foster meaningful dialogue on food justice while joyfully stewarding Treaty 1 land.
Metanoia Farmers Workers Cooperative farms on Treaty 1 land, the traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Our water is supplied from Shoal Lake on Treaty 3 land, and we recognize that our use of this water directly impacts the Shoal Lake 40 First Nations people. With this acknowledgement we recognize our complicity in centuries of injustice and commit ourselves to working towards right relationship with the land and the Indigenous peoples of this land.
Photo (from left to right): Trey, Bryn, Kayla, Megan
In spring 2015 the CMU Farmers Collective became the Metanoia Farmers Worker Co-operative Ltd.
A Greek term for repentance, "metanoia," denotes a change of mind, a reorientation, and a fundamental transformation of outlook of an individual’s vision of the world and of oneself.
As a group of young farmers, we felt the sense of transformation the word "metanoia" evokes and reflects the experiences that brought us to this vocation.
The Metanoia Farmers steward the land at the CMU Farm in relationship with Canadian Mennonite University.