Persephone Market Garden

Persephone Market Garden is 100 acres forest, swamp, meadows and market garden, located between Owen Sound and Sauble Beach. Kristine is the primary farmer, supported by Thorsten and our children Oskar and Marilla. We started market gardening in 2009 and production has grown from 0.75 acres to 1.5 acres. We market through a Community Shared Agriculture program, with a delivery season of 20 weeks (June – October), Eat Local Grey Bruce Cooperative (online farmers market), and direct to restaurants. We primarily use a walk-behind tractor and hand tools, though we do have a larger tractor for some jobs (like turning the compost). Crop rotation and intercropping are our primary pest (weed, disease, insects) management strategies and our fertility management is based on integration with livestock (a flock of about 30 sheep), along with cover cropping.

Over the years, we have developed a comprehensive farmer training program – trainees receive detailed crop plans, standard operating procedures that describe our production process form seeding to washing and packing, in-the-field training, as well as monthly workshops. Our goal is the give you a foundation of knowledge and skills in farming, from the soil to business management.


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