At The Ontario CSA Farm, we aim to produce organic vegetables while educating the community about the importance of sustainability. We started our farm in Northern Ontario as the region is known for being the core of Canadian agriculture. Many farmers raise livestock and grow their crops nearby, so we have the opportunity to meet and talk about how we can contribute to the agriculture sector.
Additionally, we’ve developed farming practices with the guidance and support of our community members. We don’t promote the usage of the following:
- Black Plastic Mulch
- Synthetic Fertilizers
We understand the harmful effects of these substances and highly discourage farmers to apply these to their crops. We are committed to reducing waste, teaching everyone about organic vegetable farming, and producing renewable energy. Here are some things to consider (that we did) when you are starting an organic vegetable garden or farm:
The Organic Certification Procedure
Ask advice from the experts on which accredited certifying agencies can guide you through your application. You are required to renew your certification on an annual basis.
Choose plants with healthy colours and those that aren’t budding or haven’t fully bloomed. You need to keep your eye on new roots.
Plant certain types of flowers such as daisies, marigolds, or sunflowers to attract more helpful insects. Bumblebees will come around to pollinate plants while praying mantises will consume the pests in your garden.
Soil Conditioners and Fertilizers
You can begin with organic garden soil or create your compost pile.