OK Sea Salt is Onya Hogan-Finlay and Kim Kelly.
As a queer couple with backgrounds in DIY art projects, education, and landscape design, we bring a passion for community building to our partnership as salt farmers. The idea to make sea salt 'crystalized' after we moved from Southern California to Atlantic Canada and boiled down a cauldron full of seawater collected on a coastal walk. Our first batch of sea salt was so tasty and crisp, we decided to make a business of it.
We are a women-owned small business established in 2021 and based in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia, Canada. OK Sea Salt is harvested by hand and is guided by the cycles of the seasons and ecology of place. Our seawater is collected during the high tide of the full moon - one bucket at a time - in the LaHave Islands.
Environmentally sound business practices are important to us, and we are building towards carbon neutrality by designing a small-scale solar evaporation saltworks, and by sourcing locally produced reusable packaging made from post-consumer materials.
We acknowledge that we are visitors and uninvited guests in Mi'kma'ki. OK Sea Salt occupies the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People that is covered by the "Treaties of Peace and Friendship" which Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The historic treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources by Mi'kmaq People. As settlers born in New-Brunswick (Canada), and Massachusetts (USA), respectively, we aim to redirect a percentage of profits from OK Sea Salt sales to social justice groups in the Atlantic region.
The Salty Dykes on Bush Island, Onya and Kim
(Illustration by Caroline Brewer)