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Farming in the Diaspora

by Michaela Cruz


Michaela Cruz runs Healing Hands Farm located in Oustic, ON with her partner Dan Fuller. Their focus is to provide organically grown Asian heritage vegetables and seasonal staples through a subscription and a farmers' market in Toronto. Michaela studied Plant Science and Organic Agriculture in her undergraduate degree, although her path to becoming a vegetable grower started early when her mother instilled the sense that plants are an essential part of life.

Michaela and her family moved from the Philippines 18 years ago. The name ‘Healing Hands’ was born out of her memories being supported by Hilot, which is an ancient Filipino healing system analogous to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda that incorporates massage and herbal medicine. After graduating from school, she sought to cultivate this healing touch. Michaela started as an urban farmer in Toronto until she and Dan started their farm on rented land in 2017. Michaela sees farming as a tangible way to facilitate resilience and resistance through healing plants and food.

You can learn more about her work at:

Healing Hands Farm Website Instagram