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 (with a baby expected in January 2019). We started market gardening in 2009 and our production has grown from 0.75 acres to 1.5 acres, with 1 acre planned in crops for 2019. 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 15 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.
For 2019, we are planning to expand our focus on community – a farm day camp has been growing on the farm for 2 years thanks to a partnership with a local forest school and we aim to expand our workshops for home gardeners.
Check out our website for more information www.persephonemarketgarden.ca
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