Fertile Ground Farm

Our Vision

Fertile Ground offers people a taste of the joys of farming. We are committed to providing our customers with the freshest, highest-quality produce we can grow.
 

We believe in:

  • growing organically as the best way to nourish ourselves, our customers, and the earth, for years to come
  • distributing all of our produce through local food systems
  • striving to give back as much as we take.
     

We are excited about getting our hands dirty and working the ground in ways that root us in hope and cultivate our wonder. We are committed to inspiring people to get excited about their food.
 

Farming Ecologically

Although not certified organic, we adhere to the Canadian Organic Standard as a minimum in our farming practices. Ecological farmers are stewards of the land whose practices promote soil fertility and a healthy farm ecosystem. Organic agriculture is much more than "no-spray." 

At Fertile Ground, we:

 

never use synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers

build healthy soils through crop rotations, compost and cover crops

minimize water use

plant mostly organic and always non-GMO seeds

reduce food miles by selling produce locally

raise our animals on pasture and GMO-free feed

create habitat for pollinators & other critters

work in cooperation with other farmers & our community to create a more sustainable way of life

 

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Pollinators +

We love creating habitat for pollinators & other native critters. So far we have five 200' pollinator strips integrated into our fields and surrounding headlands. Natural meadows are protected and hayfields are only mown once Bobolink nesting is over.

The diversity of bees, wasps, hoverflies, moths, butterflies, beetles and other allies is both beautiful and functional, providing pollination and predation services that improve yields and decrease pest pressure. Best of all, we love watching them bloom!
 

Farmer-Led Research

We love to cultivate our curiosity by running on-farm trials supported by the Ecological Farmer's Assoc of Ontario's Farmer-Led Research Program and the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI). Farmer-led research uses the scientific method to test new ideas, trial varieties and improve operations. So far we've run an experiment testing the efficacy of organic foliar sprays on cucumbers, and taken part in a number of variety trials evaluating fall lettuces and sweet peppers.

Views from our Pollinator Strips