CAN (ON): Local farm grows from rehab project into family business

The benefits of farm-raised meat and produce are well known. You know how your food was raised, and you can't beat the taste. For one Timmins farmer, agriculture has been a life-altering experience.

Marcel and Karine Forget are the owners of Rubber Boot Farm. But farming is not their original fields.

"My background is in construction," he said. "I did project management and estimating. I also did that for mining contractors. My wife, Karine, is an optometrist full-time. We own a clinic downtown and in Iroquois Falls, so that keeps us very busy too."

"In 2015, I had a motor vehicle accident, and I broke my back." Forget recalled how his thoughts turned to wholesome food during his recovery. "I had surgery in Sudbury. I was getting sick and tired of the food in the hospital," he said. "I asked my dad if I could get a hamburger, so he brought me back some fast food, and I almost spit it right back out. That was my body telling me it wanted some tomatoes and some fresh produce, and some homemade cooking from grandma and my mom or whatever."


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