What is Organic?

What does 'organic' mean?

Organic farming is much more than just 'chemical free'.

It is true that organic farmers do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, GMO's or irradiation, but we do much more than that. We improve the soil health and structure through careful management techniques that reduce soil erosion and add organic matter. In addition we keep our water and energy consumption as low as possible, avoid creating unnecessary waste and both maintain and create wildlife habitats. Our goal is to be as ecologically sustainable as possible so that future generations can enjoy farming this land as much as we do.

In order to ensure that we follow the Canadian Government's organic standards, certified organic farms are inspected annually by independent organic farm inspectors.

Why eat fresh, local, organic food?

Many nutritionists, top chefs and environmental organisations recommend eating local, seasonal organic produce.

Benefits of doing so include better tasting, healthier food, a greener environment and more resilient communities.

Here are some reasons to eat local, seasonal, organic produce:

Taste the goodness. Locally grown food is picked ripe for maximum flavour and nutrition.

Preservative Free. Freshly picked food does not need chemicals to preserve it.

It's what's on the inside that counts. Farmers put flavour before appearance.

Reduce your carbon footprint. Local food only travels short distances from field to plate.

Less Packaging. Locally grown food typically has little or no packaging, creating less waste.

Support local farmers. Buying locally keeps your money in the local economy.

Maximum Nutrients. Food harvested at peak season, tastes better and is better for you.

Save Energy. It takes a lot more energy to grow strawberries in January than it does to grow them in June.

Get in touch with nature. Peas grow best in the spring and fall. Tomatoes are most delicious in the summer. Make the connection between yourself, your food and the seasons.

Try something different. Citrus fruits are not the only source of vitamin C. Did you know that there is more vitamin C, per gram, in fresh parsley than there is in an orange!

It's a matter of taste. Many people list flavour as their number one reason for buying organic food.

It's better for you. Studies show that some organically grown crops contain more vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and less nitrates than conventionally grown crops.

Pesticides are toxic. Buy organic to protect your health, the health of your children and the health of farmers.

Protect the environment. Help keep harmful chemicals out of the air, water and soil.

Sustainability. Organic agriculture recycles nutrients and energy, reducing the burden on the planet.

Show Mother Nature that you care. Organic farmers plant trees, maintain hedgerows and preserve natural habitats.

Accountability. Certified Organic farms are inspected annually to ensure that they abide by the Canadian Government's organic standards.