March 25, 2017. Phil, his father, and friend Jesse move a wood-burining stove into place outside the Taber family home in Hampton, New Brunswick. Phil is the first of his immediate family to go to university; he now works as a librarian. However, the family farm has become his passion.
Taber's father empties the stove's ashtray on the front lawn of the property. A working carpenter all his life, Taber's father works with Phil to maintain the farm's buildings. Taber's grandfather was the last to operate the fam commercially; Phil hopes to return the farm to some of its former glory.
Taber climbs the steep hillside behind the farmhouse. The rolling terrain of New Brunswick makes it difficult for large-scale, industrial farming. However, the patches of fertile land in river valleys and hilltops are still used by small-scale and hobby farmers.
Taber examines seeds from his 'garden box' — full of seeds and plans for vegetable crop rotations for the family garden. With a growth in demand for organic, local products, Taber sees a future in small-scale, thoughtful, farming.
Three wooden swings hang outside the family farmhouse, built in the late 1800's. The fate of the farm rests on Phil's shoulders: he must first pay off his student debt before he can begin making the many repairs needed to the house and outbuildings.
Taber sits on a stack of firewood behind the farmhouse. Much of the farm property is woodland, which the Tabers use for firewood and construction material. The farm is at times hard to balance with his professional life, but to Taber, it's worth the cost.