ABOUT THE FARM







Hoople Creek Farm is a small-scale family farm dedicated to sustainable agriculture. The farm is located near the St. Lawrence River, in Ingleside, Ontario, about 85km South-East of Ottawa, and is named for the creek that runs through our area. Our farm is on the homestead of one of the early settlers, which our road is named after. Old iron nails and horseshoes are frequently being uncovered as we dig the fertile clay-loam soil.

We bought the farm in 2007, and by the spring of 2008, we were selling our first produce at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. The support and encouragement we received from our first customers at the market convinced us that we were on the right track, and inspired us to continue building the farm. We believe in an integrated approach to farming, using the time-tested model of livestock and crops working symbiotically to harvest the sunshine and improve the soil.

We have benefited greatly from the knowledge, advice and talents of those working in and supporting agriculture here in the Seaway valley. With it's micro-climate moderated by the St. Lawrence river, good soil, and welcoming people, we feel privileged to have the opportunity to live and farm in Eastern Ontario.

What is Local Organic?

We use the terms together, because we think they are just as important, and in fact, address the same issues. We don’t believe that buying ‘organic’ lettuce grown on a giant corporate farm in California, using migrant labour and dwindling irrigation water, and then trucked all the way here is an earth-friendly or healthy choice. At a time in which energy use has become a defining issue, how and where we grow our food is a part of the solution.

There are many benefits to growing crops organically, but some of the most important advantages are yet to be fully appreciated. Growing organically means working at nature’s pace, which involves accepting a certain amount of give and take with mother nature, and relying on local resources rather than imported nutrients gained from chemical sources.

We never use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides on our crops. We believe that by building our soil and growing the strongest plants possible, pests and disease are greatly reduced or completely eliminated. It is an ongoing process, but we think that knowing with certainty that the food we eat is safe from any kind of chemical contamination is important. The benefits to the soil, water, and wildlife on the farm make it that much better.

We fertilize only with natural sources, which includes compost, naturally-occurring rock minerals, and cover crops to fix nitrogen from the air into the soil. Natural soil amendments create a healthy environment for microbes and worms which are instrumental to building and maintaining a fertile soil.

We pick most of our produce the day before we bring it to market, and wash, chill and pack it with care. We eat what we grow, and view our customers as an extension of our family. The taste of freshly- picked organic produce never ceases to impress us, and the feedback from our customers tells us that we are on the right track.

What are Heirloom vegetables?

Many of the crops that we grow are referred to as ‘heirloom’ or ‘heritage’ varieties. Heirloom crops are grown from seeds which have usually been passed down for generations, and offer a huge variety of delightful tastes you won’t find at the supermarket. Industrial agriculture has narrowed down the crops that are grown based on criteria such as shelf-life and yield. But a world of variety and taste exists outside of the narrow list of crops that are grown commercially.


The Creskey Family