ONTARIO CSA FARM DIRECTORY
10 MOST RECENT CSA LISTINGS
- OCT 20/14 ERIN
- Red Rabbit Gardens
- Oct 1/14 STIRLING
- Holly Ray Farms
- July 28/14 DRESDEN
- River Bell Market Garden
- June 24/14 NEUSTADT
- Fair Fields CSA
- Apr 23/14 CALEDON
- Left Field Farm
- Apr 10/14 DUNDAS
- Our Father's Farm
- Apr 6/14 BRADFORD
- Carron Farms Ltd
- Mar 27/14 GOLDEN LAKE
- Griffith Farm & Market
- Mar 27/14 MIDHURST
- Ecovale Farm
- Mar 27/14 WELLAND
- Kinsella's Simply Organics
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
With the prominence of issues in the news such as climate change, the use of pesticides, fertilizers and genetic engineering is causing people to become more concerned with food safety, sustainability and where their food comes from.
YOU CAN'T GET ANY FRESHER!
IMAGINE getting field-fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the garden, hand-picked on the day you receive it?
CSA farms offer fresher, healthier alternatives to produce loaded with chemicals, picked too early, rippened in crates, offering fewer nutrients, and shipped for thousands of kilometres before making it to your plate.
BRINGING THE FARMERS TO YOU...
WHAT ARE CSA FARMS?
The Ontario CSA Farm
Directory lists farmers that offer weekly freshly picked farm-raised food boxes to members who are part of their CSA (Community Supported
wanting good quality, safe food and farmers looking
for stable markets form a type
LOOK AT OUR CSA MAP TO FIND A CSA NEAR YOU!
The consumer (you) pay the farmer a one-time fee (or share) prior to the start of growing season. This fee is determined by seed cost, equipment maintenance, property fees, tools, salaries, distribution costs, etc. In return, you receive weekly food boxes either by delivery or at a pick-up location near you. A full share may feed a family of 4 in produce for a week, where a half share may feed 2-3. Each farm's shares are different in size and cost. This type of program greatly reduces the waste involved in blindly growing food for an indeterminate number of people. MORE...
IF YOU CONTACT A CSA FARMER, PLEASE TELL THEM YOU SAW THEIR LISTING IN OUR DIRECTORY
FACTS ON IMPORTED FOOD IN CANADA
* No processed food is inspected unless a complaint is received
* "Product of Canada" may not mean "grown in Canada"
* In 2006 Canada imported 5.5 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tested ONLY 17,910 samples for pesticide residue. 87% passed in that small sample base. What about all the others they didn't inspect?
* In 2007 Canada lowered its standards on acceptable pesticide use to conform with the USA, allowing MORE pesticide residue on food.
WHY BUY LOCAL FOOD?
Becoming a member
of a CSA creates a relationship between people
and the food they eat, the land on which it is
grown and those who grow it.
This supportive relationship helps to create an economically stable farm operation. The members receive quality produce, In return, farmers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse selection of crops. The farmers sustain the local economy by making local purchases for a win-win situation!. MORE...
LITTLE OR NO CHEMICALS = HEALTHIER FAMILIES
CSA farms offer TRULY FRESH, quality vegetables, fruit and other items that have little or no pesticides or chemicals and are often Certified Organic. All are dedicated to proper land stewardship involving crop rotation as well as NATURAL and SUSTAINABLE growing practices. Many add nutrients to the soil with compost, rock minerals, seaweed or manure from their organically fed animals. Many limit the use of fossil fuel through the use of human power, draft horses or oxen. Most animals are pasture raised without antibiotircs or medication. Pest control is dealt with in many ways aside from caring for and producing healthy soil, including companion planting (planting specific plants together which detract pests) and floating row covers.
For too many
years pesticides, herbicides, chemicals
and artificial fertilizers have been used.
And, for too many years the residue from
that "toxic goop" has been oozing
into the ground water of soil that is not cared for sustainably. Is it any wonder
that many diseases today have increased
ten-fold since the early 1900's? CSA farmers follow proper
land STEWARDSHIP practices in order for the soil and produce be healthy for generations to come.