What Makes our Maple Syrup, Fresh Produce, and Berries so Special?

How we Farm

Sustainable Farming

Our farming practices focus on building and maintaining soil health to produce the most nutritious, healthy fresh vegetables and berries we can. Building healthy soils in the 40 acres of rolling fields, ranging from light sands to heavy clays, presents a real challenge! We use biological and sustainable farming practices to build soil health.

These practices include:

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    Crop rotation

    Each field grows a different crop each year. A critical practice for sustainable production

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    Crop diversity

    We grow many different vegetable and berry crops, and a vast number of different varieties within each type. This diversity not only gives our customers exciting new produce but also reduces pests and diseases.

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    Green manure and cover crops

    As soon as the harvest is over, we plant a fast-growing crop like rye, clover, or oilseed radish that prevents erosion, holds nutrients in the crop biomass, suppresses weeds and diseases, and returns nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Cover crops are grown either over winter or for a full year before we cultivate the soil again.

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    We collect composted horse and cow manure from a neighbouring farm and generously apply it to the berry and vegetable fields each spring.

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    Start up fertilizer

    As our Muskoka soils are inherently low in fertility, we may use limited amounts of environmentally–friendly (low salt content) fertilizers to promote a good stand establishment and a vigorous growth of the green manure crop.

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    Restricted pesticide use

    We significantly reduce, or in many cases, eliminate the use of pesticides through the above practices. We practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which further reduces the use of pesticides. However, when needed, we chose products that have a less environmental impact. We ensure that there is absolutely no residue left on the harvested plants.

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