Ferme Agricola

Papineauville, Quebec, Canada

Food waste is a significant global concern that Ferme Agricola takes seriously. The worker’s cooperative grows fresh, certified organic food on its 160-acre farm on unceded Algonquin (Weskarini), Mohawk, and Huron-Wendat territory and believes food builds community. Most of the produce is offered through a thriving CSA program, with pick-ups at the farm and throughout Ottawa. The baskets feature seasonal items ranging from cucumbers, eggplant, and tomatoes to salad mixes, carrots, garlic scapes, and more. The nutritious produce is also available at the farm store and the Main Street Farmers’ Market every Saturday from June to October. As for any food not sold, the farm partners with the Alliance Alimentaire Papineau, a local food hub ensuring all excess produce goes to those in need. In 2021, Agricola donated 750 kilograms of vegetables for re-distribution and transformed goods! Of course, you can’t grow healthy food crops without beautiful flowers nearby, so customers can also join the flower share and receive local cut stems every week throughout the summer months. Whether enjoying veggies, flowers, or both, you can feel good about what Agricola grows. The farm never uses chemical pesticides or fertilizers and uses only hand tools, cover crops, and compost to enrich the soil. Nothing but love and care for the surrounding environment and community. 

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Catherine Sherriffs

Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.