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!