About Us

Who We Are

At Common Ground we are always seeking ways to show that small spaces can grow big changes. Our unique, bio-intensive system uses cutting edge regenerative organic techniques and tools to mimic and strengthen natural cycles without the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. With over 100 varieties of heirloom, organic and untreated fruits and veggies, our system of production tries to reduce environmental impact while increasing social and economic good. We utilize permaculture techniques, intercropping, mulching, floating row covers, drip irrigation, stale seed beds, and many other techniques in order to minimize use of water, off-farm inputs, and maximize output. From our unique solar powered straw bale walk in cooler to standard bicycle based delivery, we are committed to growing the healthiest, most sustainable food possible. We partner with local co-operatives such as The Mustard Seed, The Kitchen Collective, and THAAT Co-op to support local businesses and to help create a local food movement capable of sustaining itself.

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What We Do

We don’t just grow food here. Common Ground is a place to share knowledge and learn. By becoming a member you can hone your own skills. Started by author, university lecturer, community educator, and food system consultant Michael Mikulak, Common Ground is a teaching farm that offers a unique Urban Homesteading Curriculum that will help you get off the industrial food grid. While most urban backyards are not big enough to support a typical family, they can provide a lot of food in a small space. Whether you want a small pizza garden, some fresh herbs, or to grow a canning garden so you can make your grandma’s famous pasta sauce, we can empower you with the skills you need. We offer stand alone projects and courses on a wide range of topics, teach classes and offer internships at McMaster University, and can help you realize your urban prepper dreams of self-sufficiency in the city. Because Common Ground is a highly productive micro-farm, many of the techniques we use are closer to what an urban gardener would practice. Where you might feel out of context on a big farm, our size is just right. This means you will be able to directly apply the skills you develop here to your own backyard.

Here's Where You Come In

Even if you don’t have time to take the courses we offer, your share supports the farm and helps develop a new generation of growers. By joining a CSA, you help the farm by providing stability and sharing in the risks. With all our planning, knowledge, and tools, Mother Nature always has the last word. Most farmers employ industrial techniques as a way to control nature and mitigate the risks associated with bad weather and climate  change. By joining a CSA, you are that insurance. Because all the food in your share will come from our farm, if we have a bad year, your box may be smaller than normal. But in a good year, you will share in the bounty and we will go the extra mile to show you how much we appreciate your support. This is the kind of support that farmers need to treat Mother Nature as a partner rather than something to be conquered. As a member of our CSA, you aren’t just a consumer, you are also a producer. As a member, you will have an opportunity to participate in pizza and movie nights, invest and have a say in infrastructure projects that will further decrease our ecological footprint, help us support local businesses and co-operatives, and pay our workers a living wage. We aren’t just committed to getting our footprint to zero, we want our social, economic and environmental impact to be positive.