We are a multi-generational, family-owned and operated farm. Located in Curran, Ontario, we have now been proudly operating for nearly a century. From its humble beginnings as a mixed dairy/potato farm, the last few decades have seen the farm shift its focus on cash crop operations and growing common grains such as corn, soy, buckwheat, wheat, and rye.
We started using regenerative agricultural practices in 2018 and obtained Certified Organic certification in 2021. This certification ensures that we follow strict guidelines when we grow our crops.
We offer Certified Organic vegetables such as sweet corn and potatoes. Our meats (pork, chicken, and turkey) are raised organically with Certified Organic grains, but cannot be certified organic since we have no local certified organic abattoir. All our meats are processed and inspected at a provincially-licensed abattoir.
Our Regenerative Practices
Our primary goal on the farm is to provide the highest quality, most nutritious food to our customers. Being both organic and regenerative is the only way we know how to accomplish this. As such, we are trying really hard to adopt the best practices to ensure our soil is as healthy as possible and actually getting healthier. We also try to provide the healthiest, most natural, living conditions for all our livestock.
Our hogs, chickens and turkeys are all raised with free access to pasture as soon as they are old enough. We grow specific crops in the pasture so that our livestock has a healthy treat to eat. These animals get to enjoy a natural environment protected from predators with a high quality feed to ensure optimal health.
This is our biggest learning curve. Cover crops are very local and are very specific to what result we would like to achieve.
In regenerative agriculture, cover crops are as important—if not more important than the regular crop. The idea is to have the ground covered at all times using as many diverse cover crops for as long as we can in the season.
No / Minimum Tillage
Another very important goal of regenerative agriculture is to not disturb the soil. Since we are organic and cannot use any chemicals, the only way we can control weeds is with tillage. What that means is we have to minimize our tillage operations as much as possible, time them when they do the least damage and till as shallow as we can.
After a couple of years trying different tactics, we are happy to say we have invested in a roller-crimper this year. This is the next logical step in our journey.