Earth Haven Farm
ORGANIC - BIODYNAMIC - SUSTAINABLE
Earth Haven Farm is a 200 acre family-owned and operated subsistence farm dedicated to a sustainable lifestyle. We are located in the hamlet of Thomasburg just north of Belleville in the Municipality of Tweed in Ontario. We have 3,000 acres of conservation land to the east of us, 800 acres of woodlot to the north and another 800 acres of woodlot to the south. We are in an ideal location for growing healthy, nutritional food, free of chemicals, pesticides and other toxins.
We farm using organic and biodynamic practices; a tradition of agriculture that connects all cultures around the world to their natural, ancestral agricultural roots. Bio meaning life and dynamic meaning force = working with the life forces of nature to enhance soil health, plant and animal vitality with the end result being nutrient dense food.
Earth Haven Farm has been Certified Demeter (Organic) since 2008, with membership in the Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario. Demeter and Biodynamics are well known throughout Europe, India, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Central and South America with a growing following here in North America. Earth Haven Farm is one of a few number of Demeter Certified farms in Canada. One of our goals is to bring about awareness of these agricultural practices and the benefits they have to the health and quality of the soil, and thus the health and nutritional value of the plants for both animal and human consumption.
Along with our gardens of delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs, we pride ourselves in raising 100% pasture grass fed and pasture grass fed finished beef. In addition to their flavorful high-protein and low cholesterol meat, our hardy and sweet-tempered Scottish Highland Cattle are proven allies in helping us to clear a lot of underbrush from overgrown hedgerows and wooded pasture areas. They are truly the ideal breed for our remote farm location, topographical conditions and agricultural practices. We also offer biodynamicaly raised pastured pork from "Ravensfield Farm".
In these current times we are seeing more and more people with serious health issues related to three generations of eating "toxic" foods. Here at Earth Haven Farm all of our efforts are put into growing healthy, nutritious food, free of chemicals and toxins. Our aboriginal peoples refer to "food as medicine" and we are proud to support our heritage farming traditions by growing food that has a nutritional value that can be considered to be medicine.
In our ever-evolving journey in self sufficiency, our purpose is to leave something of value behind for future generations. It is our hope and dream that not only our children and grandchildren will continue on where we leave off, but also that we will inspire others to enter into a deeper and healthier relationship with their own land base.
Grass fed beef
We maintain a small herd of purebred Scottish Highland Cattle. They are rotated daily onto new pasture. In the winter they are fed hay from our farm and always have access to a wooded pasture. Organic, Non-GMO mineral supplements are provided to the herd. There is no corn or grain in their diet making them 100% grass fed and finished. Meat from grass fed beef is lower in cholesterol and there is less fat and more marbling. Many people seek grass fed beef for health reasons.
- Less total fat.
- More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that's thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks.
- More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E.
Please note that we maintain a small herd of cattle and the demand is high. We may only butcher once or twice a year. Meat is sold at farmgate and at farmers markets.
Our herd is kept small so that they can keep their horns which is part of their lymphatic and immune system. Horns help the cows cool in the heat of the summer and warm in the cold of winter. Keeping a small herd also alleviates the need for antibiotics. All hay and green leafy vegetables fed to our herd are organic and free of any GMO's.
Community Supported Agriculture
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Becoming an Earth Haven Farm CSA member gives you a direct relationship with us, your farmers. Your membership provides you with much more than the weekly joy of receiving ultra-fresh, organic and locally grown produce. It provides you with education, the opportunity to try new food, and pride in the knowledge that you are reducing your environmental footprint and directly contributing to sustainable, local, organic farming while helping to support the next generation of farmers.
The Earth Haven Farm CSA program is an experience that includes:
- A weekly or bi-weekly box of freshly harvested organic produce, containing 7-12 items, depending on share size. Produce will change throughout the growing season.
- Small Size - suitable for a single person or couple with minimal green requirements.
- Medium Size - ideal for the vegetarian, a couple or a small family.
- Large Size - ideal for the family that loves their greens, vegetarians, juicers, cooks and people that like to entertain.
- For more information on our CSA program, visit our website at www.earthhaven.ca
Please note: We do not butcher often and therefore our meat is not always available. Contact Aric Aguonie at infoearthhaven.ca or call 613-478-3876 to inquire about availaility.
To learn more about Earth Haven Farm and what we do and what we have to offer - visit our website at www.earthhaven.ca
Education – Internships – Farm Help
Earth Haven Farm is a teaching farm, offering educational experience to those wishing to work a full season (April through October). We do accept applications through the WWOOF, Work-A-Way and Goodworks.ca programs and will accept people wishing to stay a minimum of 4 weeks. These are non-paid positions. Accommodations and meals are provided in exchange for work. This is ideal for students of environmental study programs, organic or sustainable agriculture to gain co-op experience or to work while doing a masters program.
Further educational courses are offered at Earth Haven Farm through the Earth Haven Learning Centre located on the farm. For full details of courses, dates, and costs visit www.earthhavenlearning.ca
An Important Note: Earth Haven Farm is a working farm and a private family homestead. To ensure a peaceful, healthy environment for our plants, animals and people to thrive, we are not an agri-tourism destination. We respectfully ask that visits are made by appointment only.