The Poechman Family

Bruce County, near Hanover

What do you grow/raise on your farm?
Angus beef, grains like oats and spelt, hay, eggs.

How long have you been farming organically?
We first certified our farm in 1989, and then added the flock of organic laying hens in in 1994.

What is most important to you about farming organically?
Personally, I find it much more challenging, dynamic and rewarding to farm with nature, rather than relying on chemicals. If nature is willing to let me farm without harm, why not? The most limiting resource in long-term food production is soil carbon, and organic is the leading advocate in improving the carbon cycle.

Do you have any advice for folks who are considering getting into organic farming?
Get ready to unlearn the old, and learn lots about nature’s ways. Find a good mentor and build a partnership to tackle it.

Is there something interesting that you can share about organic farming that our Farm Fans might not know?
World research claims that mankind has made the greatest CO2 contribution by deforestation. We have lost 40% of the soil carbon to the atmosphere, and I feel that only organic agriculture can bring the carbon back fast enough to counter climate change.

What is your favourite chicken dish?
Homemade shake 'n bake.

What is your favourite way to enjoy eggs?
Raw, with ice cream…think Rocky!

Our commitment to organic

When our founding farmers started farming in Ontario many years ago, they chose to grow organically because they knew it would provide the best products for their families and friends.

Our Commitment to Organic

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