Farmer and activist promoting local, ethical & seasonal eating | Helena Sylvester of Happy Acre Farm & Harvest Queen in Sunol, CA

I’m excited to invite you to my conversation with Helena Sylvester, the farmer and creative force behind Happy Acre Farm and Harvest Queen. Happy Acre farm is located in the rolling hills of Sunol, California. Helena and her partner Matthew started farming after binge watching a bunch of eye opening documentaries about our food system. They wanted to know where their food came from and wanted to provide healthy food for others. They built their farm on one acre of rented land in the Sunol AgPark. We visited Helena and Matthew in the winter of 2019 when she was seven months pregnant with their son August. It was an exciting but stressful time as the couple considered their farming future with a new baby. Although it is a constant juggling act, Helena has found creative ways to make farming with a baby and toddler work from both a day-to-day perspective and a financial perspective. Helena now works part time on the farm and part time on the brand team at Carhartt - a role she pitched to the company after working as a brand ambassador for them. In addition, she continues to build Harvest Queen, a passion project encouraging people to eat seasonally and support their local farmers. After working the farmers market circuit for many years she realized how desperately there needs to be more education when it comes to the cost of food, seasonality and supporting your local farming community. Harvest Queen has become a trusted resource for people in the Bay Area and beyond - who want to connect their food chain dots. I am so inspired by Helena’s fearless attitude when it comes to trying new things, creating her own opportunities and using her voice and platform to educate and amplify the voices of farmers and farm workers. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this hardworking woman as she continues to build Harvest Queen and Happy Acre Farm’s olive oil business. Visit the Urban Exodus Blog for additional photos of Helena's farm and family, links to her websites, social accounts, and a link to her Urban Exodus farm feature from 2019. Thank you Helena for sharing your story with us! 

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Ditch the City and Go Country. Practical advice for country dreamers, rural folk, and urban-dwellers alike, who want to feel more connected to the natural world and the purpose and choices in their lives. A movement is underway of people abandoning the emotional, physical, and financial expenses of city living and crafting their own purpose, livelihoods, and joy in the rural reaches. Urban Exodus gives an intimate and authentic glimpse into the lives of those who decided to embark on the road less traveled to pursue their own interpretation of “The Good Life.” The Urban Exodus Podcast celebrates rural living and shares the stories of those who are crafting creative, sustainable, and self-sufficient lives.