Lynda Smith (Fraser) was born in Vancouver, married in Nanaimo, and raised three children in Lillooet, BC. Lillooet has ideal conditions for gardening, and that is where she started her passion for growing food. In that close knit community, she learned the art of home preserving, food storage, emergency preparedness and how to daily feed her family on a minimal budget. Lynda spent 12 years preparing meals in the Dietary Department of Lillooet District Hospital and also spent 3 years running the Noax Mountain Logging Camp kitchen. In 1997, she changed gears by apprenticing, and then working as a riding instructor/reining horse trainer. Lynda ran her own business, Mane Stream Reining, for over 20 years, earning HCBC Coach of Year accolades in 2001.
Lynda and her husband, Dave, relocated to Comox in 2012. At that time, she left the horse industry and started transforming their 1/4 acre property from Lawn to Food production. In Comox, Lynda is a regular speaker at horticultural events, garden clubs, facilitates cooking classes and hosts garden tours at their Comox property.
She offers her excess garden bounty to the neighbourhood at her Lawn to Food Urban Farmstand. Using her cooking experience, Lynda supplements the Farmstand seasonal produce with baking, home preserves, creative artwork and simple plant-based soaps. Her Farmstand business increased drastically in 2016 after Lynda competed on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada, where she was able to share her “Grow Food!” message to a national audience.
Presently, Lynda spends a lot of time with her grandchildren, preferably cooking in the kitchen or planting seeds in the garden with them.
You can contact Lynda directly at email@example.com