Santosha Farm is our on-site, 1.5 acre, non-certified organic farm. No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are used. Ever. In addition to attending local market sales and supplying local resorts and restaurants, we develop our guest’s meal packages to incorporate seasonal fresh produce, directly from the farm. For our cycling focussed guests, this puts a little spin on the phrase field-to-“fork”.
Santosha is a Sanskrit word that refers to contentment, gratitude, and honouring life’s ups and downs. Not only do we feel like these are principles to always live by, but we also feel that they are very applicable to farming. Farming is an extremely challenging venture, even during good growing seasons. We feel one of the challenges of farming is to feel contentment and gratitude in the times when things are not going well, or to be content with where we are at on the “to do” list, no matter how far behind we may be! And to accept that things will go wrong, and things will also go well, and sometimes, even great! We never know what to expect from year to year with weather, and it is always inspiring when we see the first seeds peeking up from the soil.
We have entertaining laying hens on our farm that forage and are supplemented with certified organic feed. Our on-site trails meander through woods, wetlands and our gardens, where we grow a diverse variety of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruit!
Below is a list of what we grow:
- Aronia berries
- Beans – fresh & dried
- Brussel Sprouts
- Edible flowers
- Garlic & garlic scapes
- Green onions
- Peppers – sweet & hot
- Pie pumpkins
- Summer & winter squash
- Swiss chard
Our Growing Philosophy
We truly believe that small market farms, based in sustainable growing practices, are the future, and we are members of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario. We believe that we need to take responsibility of our food and how it is grown to help create positive change. Not only are we ‘cide free, but we also leave wild spaces on our farm for wildlife, and we create habitat within our gardens and on the land we steward to support pollinators year-round. This includes things like planting native species to support wildlife with food and habitat, growing appropriate non-native flowers, putting up bat houses, and leaving brush piles to provide birds, insects, and small mammals with food, shelter, protection from predators, and overwintering habitat. On our farm, land stewardship comes first. Everything we produce is based on that.
We actively support local sustainable food initiatives and networks and are proud to be able to incorporate our own produce and other local growers and value added producers into our client’s experience.