Our mission is to grow a diverse family farm that is sustainable both ecologically and economically. As we do so, we will respect, protect, and work with our natural environment. We wish to support our local economy and to work with our community to build a secure local food system. In doing so, we hope to help reconnect people with the food they eat and the way it is grown.
We grow our food organically: that means without chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides, and no genetically modified seeds. We let the sun, soil, and water do most of the work! We help where we can with good compost, soil management, the use of cover crops, and integrated pest management.
We grow a wide variety of vegetables on about 1 acre of land. That's called small-scale farming! By staying small, we can do many things by hand, limiting our inputs and use of fossil fuels. We do most of our machine work with a walk-behind BCS diesel tractor. On just an acre, we can stay connected to our crops, and grow very efficiently without having to disturb more soil or increase our environmental impact.
Apart from not adding harmful chemicals to our soil and food, we also do our best to limit our use of fossil fuels, to be energy efficient, and to promote the biodiversity of our environment. We plant trees, allow native plants to grow, and protect the water on our land. We take our stewardship of this land to heart.
We are also committed to growing a community of informed consumers who are connected to the food they eat and the land it is grown on. We hope that one day healthy and affordable food will be accessible to all.
We grow over 30 different kinds of vegetables, with many more varieties therein - everything from Arugula to Zucchini. We like interesting varieties and unique colours that aren't grown commercially, but we understand the love of the classics and staples as well. In the future, we plan to plant perennials like rhubarb and asparagus, and to grow an orchard with both common and uncommon fruit varieties. At present, we do not raise any animals for meat, although we have our own flock of chickens because a farm just doesn't seem right without them.
Our typical crop list includes:
Beans, beets, bok choy, carrots, cabbage, celery, chard, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, garlic scapes, head lettuce, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radish, salad greens, scallions, shallots, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, turnips, winter squash
We are Alex and Kimberly Glazirin, two nature-nerds who fell in love with farming and each other!
Alex is an inventor, tinkerer, and entrepreneur, who absorbed the values of homesteading and hard work every summer of his childhood in his grandparents' village. He became an environmentalist in his youth, and finally escaped the city to a farm in Australia. It was there, inspired by Joel Salatin, that he came to realize that he, too, could farm. A year later, he started his first farm with rented soil, a stick, and some seeds.
Kim is an animal-lover, writer, and tree-admirer who spent her childhood chasing chickens, catching frogs, and picking peas from her parents' garden. Her desire for justice led her to a bachelor's in International Development; her desire for a calling led her to become an elementary school teacher. But after meeting Alex, she found true purpose in organic farming, which she discovered to be a beautiful marriage of biology, the arts, social change, and family.
Alex began the farm in 2010. In 2012, Kim joined and they farmed together on rented land for 4 seasons in Orangeville. In 2016, Alex and Kim got married, and moved to family land in Strathroy to start their forever-farm. They are currently building up infrastructure and plan to open in 2019. According to an internet quiz, Alex is a Indigo Rose Tomato and Kim is a Napoli Carrot.
Our farm is located in South-Western Ontario, just 10 minutes north of Strathroy and 30 minutes West of London. The land was purchased by Paul and Brenda Barker in 1986, when they fell in love with the creek and the woods of hawthorne trees. Kim was fortunate to be able to grow up here, and in 2016 we were given the beautiful opportunity to begin our farm here, and to renew the multi-generational living now forgotten in much of our culture. The farm is 50 acres, consisting of two workable fields, a meandering creek, and 30 acres of woods.