Darrell Roes - The Farm
Darrrell raises a mixture of pastured poultry, pigs and grass-fed beef organically (non-certified) at our farm and another just down the road. He grows barley sprouts to make sure his animals have access to green food year-round. Darrell produces some of the eggs for our CSA Egg Share, and will be offering a variety of meat packages to members as well.
Extend A Family Waterloo Region - WALES Group
Working Adults Learning Empowering Skills (WALES) is a group of adults with developmental disabilities whose goal is to explore their own personal possibilities in the community. Led by participants, with the help of staff, every individual creates their plan to achieve future goals. Through discovering and using their own gifts, they move forward by breaking large life dreams into smaller steps. Most of all, individuals learn to find their strengths and to use them to connect and be involved in the community. Extend A Family and their WALES Group participants host our Tuesday CSA pick-ups, offering activities for kids...cold drinks on hot days...and generally helping us with our set-up and take down each week.
Petals and Sprigs
On Maternity leave for 2017! Petals & Sprigs is a new farm near Baden growing culinary herbs, cut and edible flowers and other specialty produce. Owner Stephanie Scott has worked part-time for Fertile Ground, and offered flower shares to our Tuesday CSA members. Watch for this option again in 2018.
Laepple Organic Farm
All of our CSA potatoes are grown at Linda and Fritz Laepple's certified organic farm just outside of Ayr. The Laepples grow excellent potatoes - much better than our sandy soil will ever produce - and have the equipment to do it without breaking backs like we would. They also provide us with straw to mulch our tomatoes and bed our chickens.
Mike and Debbie Loepp grow all of our CSA squash on their certified organic farm just outside of Wellesley. Their field space, equipment, and storage facilities combine to allow them to handle this space-intensive and heavy crop much better than us.