Albion Hills Community Farm (AHCF) in Caledon is providing a healthy, sustainable, local alternative to the increasingly expensive imported produce we’ve heard so much about in the news recently. This year the farm is expanding its vegetable growing operation by 25% to accommodate increased demand. Most of the veggies are being sold through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares, as well as at our weekly market stall on the farm.
“In spite of a slow start last year sales picked up rapidly as Spring approached and we quickly sold out. We don’t want to turn any customers away this year so we are expanding our planting plans” explained Shannon Stirling, Farm Manager at AHCF for the past 2 years.
Despite the rising tide of prices for vegetables and the challenges of small-scale, chemical-free farming, AHCF have decided to hold the price of their most popular item, a “half” share suitable for a couple or a small family, constant at last year’s price.
When we buy vegetables at the store it is not always obvious where they were grown and more importantly, how they were grown. “We encourage our customers to visit the farm, to find out for themselves how we do things – and help us with some planting, weeding and harvesting, so that they see at firsthand how their food is being grown” said Shannon.
For those who would like to try growing their own vegetables but don’t have space or the right soil type at home, Community Garden plots are also available to rent at the farm, at a nominal fee. Community gardeners are also encouraged to volunteer some of their time helping in the market garden. “It’s a great way to learn effective gardening techniques and I know how important it is to the running of the farm. We are so lucky to have this spot!” says Carol Good, a long-time gardener and supporter of the farm.
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