We utilize cutting edge regenerative organic techniques and tools to mimic and strengthen natural cycles without the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. Our goal is to produce enough food to feed 125 people for 25 weeks on ½ acre and leave the soil and environment in a better state than we found it.
Our walking tractor uses less than 40 litres of oil for the entire season. It also doesn’t compact the soil and allows us to incorporate green manure, cover crops, and mulch and to work in smaller areas. The low cost of purchase for the tractor and ease of repair contributes to the low-overhead, high-value model.
Low input, advanced techniques define our approach: 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.
This strategy results in high output: our raised bed system utilizing seedlings and constant crop rotation allows for the successive harvest of over 100 different varieties of fruit and vegetables. We use heirloom, untreated, and organic seed stock to maximize diversity and to provide customers with unique flavours and colours.
In our first year, we provided a 16-week CSA for 53 members, and produced over 7500 lbs of produce -- good enough for 1000 boxes of veggies. We hosted 4 co-op students from McMaster University, led five workshops, and held twenty farm tours.