From the lowly Radish to the voluptuous Tomato or the delicate Nasturtium to the titan Sunflower, they are all different. Different seasons or farms can affect the consistent flavour of vegetables.
First and foremost, our regenerative practice is to feed the varied and vital microbes that exist in our soils. Without them, our plants will not thrive properly, and soil erosion will also occur.
How does it work? Our plants convert air (carbon dioxide in the atmosphere) and water during daylight (photosynthesis process) into simple sugars in their roots. These simple sugars will feed the microbes (beneficial bacteria & fungi) in the soil. The byproducts from these microbes, in turn, will feed the plants at the roots level. The plants then utilize these byproducts to grow and become nutrient-dense. These nutrient-dense plants, in turn, feed us. It is a very simple yet complex Soil Web Cycle in the Regenerative Agriculture method.
Our regenerative environment grows 35+ cover crops per season on all rows or beds. At our farm, wildflowers and weeds are our friends; we have learned to manage them properly without having to till them under.
We are a small family-owned operation with farms in Fenwick and Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. Our farm is an active experimenting & teaching environment. Seed saving and using our seeds for next year's crops is part of our practice. These seeds have a built-in natural resistance to pests and the weather conditions around the farm. New plant trials usually require us to acquire new seeds from an organic source. Our farm is strictly no pesticide or herbicide use of any kind. We do use organic liquid fertilizer as a foliar spray, i.e. fish base or vegetable base.
We specialize primarily in garlic, heirloom tomatoes, Asian vegetables, peas, sunflowers, brassicas (cabbage family) and cucumbers.
Throughout the year, the farm continuously grows new or improved vegetable seeds along with cover crop seeds. We use different tools and equipment that are best suited for managing the required task. (weeding, sowing, fertilizing, more) Another crucial practice is to read the contours of the land; this will affect where and what we grow, plus whether the beds should be temporary raised beds or permanent ones.