About Us

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We are Ben and Lisa, a former winemaker and an environmental scientist. Together with our young son, Henry, we love growing, cooking and eating great food. Fresh Start Farm is the realization of a mutually shared dream, long in the making, and our contribution to the world of delicious, healthy, organically-grown produce.

in 2013 we purchased a 9 acre plot of land in Boston, Ontario, a tiny community south of Brantford. We spent the very long, and extremely cold winter of 2013/14 building a house, and have since added a small cold-storage unit, an 18’x25′ hoophouse, a covered area to wash and prep veggies in, a chicken coop, a 57hp tractor and several implements.   Through a generous grant from the Carrot Cache Community Resource Fund our big plans to take what was once a cash-cropped food desert and turn it into a financially viable, diversified small farm have seen the planting of apple, pear, cherry, paw-paw, plum, hazelnut, walnut, pecan and sugar maple trees, as well as raspberries (red and black), blueberries, asparagus and rhubarb!

2016 is our fifth official season and we are growing for the Cambridge Farmers Market, a 30 member CSA, and, if all goes well, supplying produce to a local food co-op in Hamilton, ON and a restaurant in the NOTL area. We are  growing all sorts of vegetables, herbs, tubers, berries, and producing organically-fed free range eggs! Early in the season we also produce a variety of heirloom tomato seedlings from certified organic seed, for the home gardener/tomato enthusiast.

So keep in touch, here or through the social media links on our homepage, and we’ll keep you up to date with the good, the bad, and the tasty bites of our adventure in organic farming!

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5 Responses to About Us

  1. Atom says:

    Very exciting!! Guess you’ll need that spinach, make you strong like a couple of Popeyes! Cheers, atom.

  2. Ryan McKellar says:

    Hey Ben and Lisa! I just finished checking out your website and love what you’re doing. Sounds very exciting, Mandy and I have considered doing a little of what you’ve got going on. Funny thing is, we have the space, haven’t got the energy to get it started! So kudos to you two.

    • freshstartfarm says:

      Great to hear from you Ryan, I’m glad you got to check out the website! We’re definitely learning a thing or two about time management along the way, that’s for sure. We don’t have a lot of free time, but I’d say about 90% of it is devoted to this venture, it really is all-consuming from March to, I’m guessing late October? We’ll find out, we have a few cold-frames at the house, so we may try to extend the season a little, if we can. It’s been going well so far, now if we can only find our own place!

  3. Bojan says:

    Great stuff guys, haven’t enjoyed the simplicity of a web site in a long time!!!

    Just recently saw a movie called To make a Farm…
    blew my mind, just the lifestyle of working your land.

    Thinking of doing it my self!

    Stay healthy and best of luck!!!

  4. atom says:

    Hi Ben and Lisa,

    Oooh the seed packets!! I’m not ready to start any seeds yet, but getting very itchy, especially with today’s gorgeous weather.

    Thought this blog may be of interest: http://yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.ca/

    I found it via her book, which I’m thinking of getting. Do you know it?
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Year-Round-Vegetable-Gardener-Matter/dp/1603425683/ref=pd_sim_b_1

    Hey, can I buy a couple of artichoke plants, pretty please?!

    Cheers,

    Alison

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