Our Story

This is a huge year for Terramor Farm, we’ve moved from our leased plot to our very own farm in Burnstown, ON.

The humble beginnings of Terramor Farm coincided heavily with the blossoming of our relationship.  When we began dating 4 years ago we shared a passion for visiting Luke’s family farm in White Lake, helping with the daily tasks, enjoying the scenery and the great lunches prepared from the farm’s bounty. As the harvests were coming in we wanted to have an opportunity to share the experience and benefits of farm fresh vegetables with our close friends back in Ottawa. A very casual system of group texts and weekly box deliveries was established for our initial 5 members. The birth of our first CSA (veggie box) program was extremely well received, word of mouth spread, and in that first summer we saw a growth to 20 members. After another successful season and more growth we quickly realized that providing delicious and nutritious vegetables to our friends could be more than just a pastime, it could be a livelihood!

Our 1st year in business (2015) we took the dive, leased a piece of the farm and began our own farming venture. We formalized our registration program, offering ‘shares’ in the harvest, which was an intimidating commitment, but well worth the hard work and planning. Our members have been loving it! Fast forward to now, we are entering our 3rd season and have just purchased our own property in Burnstown, 50 minutes west of Ottawa. This has been a wild ride and this great step should allow us to continue to provide amazing vegetables to our community that is Ottawa and the Valley for years to come!

We welcome you to pop on by!

Why Non-Certified Organic?

We practice organic growing techniques through and through, so you may ask why we have not ventured to be ‘certified’. Based off of the practice within the coffee industry known as ‘direct trade’ we aim to skip the 3rd party certification and base our title of ‘non-certified’ as a title synonymous with trust. A trust between grower and buyer that the product is as good as a mans word, that there is no need for a third party to ensure the validity of a farms practices to their clients. A trust in the integrity of both farmer and buyer that supersedes any need for ‘certification’, a faith that the ‘direct trade’ between grower and consumer has the mutual best interests of both parties in mind!

What is CSA?

CSA means ‘Community Supported Agriculture’, the approach to local farming is an attempt to ensure the small farmer has access to fair markets, and the consumer to quality product.

Robyn Van En summed it up as:

Food Producers + Food Consumers + Annual Commitment to one Another = CSA

Community supported agriculture provides a mutually beneficial arrangement between farmer and community.

There are vast differences between the varying models of CSA’s, as they change from farm to farm and from community to community. However, all share the philosophy based in the idea that every member within a community stands to benefit from the scenario where consumer and grower are in direct contact.

The approach which we are adopting is that which each member purchases a ‘share’ of our seasonal production. In exchange for financial support in the spring from the ‘shareholders,’ we commit to provide healthy, locally grown food throughout our growing season. The goal of our CSA is to reconnect our customers with the land, allowing them to know where and how the food they eat is grown, and furthermore, know who grew it!