We, Drake Larsen and Sarah Hargreaves, established 3R in 2015. Ecologists-turned-farmers, we strive to apply our understanding of nature’s interactions to creating a regenerative farm using agroecological farming practices.
With a sense of adventure and love of working hard outdoors, we met at a remote biological research station surrounded by polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba. We lived in Drake’s home state of Iowa for 10 years, where we spent a lot of time sitting (Sarah has a Ph.D. in soil microbial ecology and Drake a M.Sc. in sustainable agriculture); learned about the scary state of agribusiness; hunted, gathered, farmed, gardened and preserved with some cherished folks. In 2015, after starting a family, we moved back to Ontario to start farming for our daughter’s future.
Sarah Hargreaves, Ph.D.
Sarah is Métis and the great great grandniece of Louis Riel. The discovery of her indigeneity in adulthood is a ongoing journey of learning and reconciliation; grief, celebration and healing. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in soil microbial ecology from Iowa State University and is passionate about cycles – especially those that are driven by soil microbes and build soil organic matter. She sees soil health has a catalyst to econnect farmers with the earth. As an educator, Sarah speaks and writes about soil microbes and soil health, and was featured in the video series Townhall Medicine. In addition to farming and teaching, Sarah is Research Director for the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario‘s Farmer-Led Research Program.
Drake Larsen, M.Sc.
Drake is a farmer and home educator – aka home schoolin’ papa. With a M.Sc. degree in sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University and inspired by his time working with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Drake is passionate about deepening the conversation about agriculture. Through photos, video, landscape visualization and evidence-based articles and editorials, he illustrates the realities of modern agriculture – and discusses the benefits of a diversified agriculture – as a wake up call towards positive change. His research and farming practices provide creative examples of the opportunities for ecological farmsteads managed to maximize farm ecosystem services.