Farmed by Martti & Melanie Lemieux, Valleyfield is focused on building rich topsoil to nurture flavourful, nutrient dense foods for the families of Algoma through regenerative agriculture.
The Local 638 is an informal association of farmers tucked along the valleys of Hwy 638 that share practices, exchange labour and help each other market their efforts. (and nope we're not a union)
If you're interested in food, helping on the farm or have ideas for the future of food,
let us know. We didn't get here by ourselves and enjoy working with people to make things happen.
Sylvan Valley, ON CANADA
80 acres +60 borrowed
Lowline Angus, Icelandic Sheep, Berkshire+Tamworth Pigs, Seasonal Poultry
Grassfed Beef & Lamb, Pasture Raised Pork & Poultry, Organically Grown Produce, Farmstead Baking
It's a big picture approach capable of generating rich topsoil, growing flavourful, nutrient dense foods and improving our shared quality of life through the proactive managment of water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics.
The process by which water cycles through the ecosystem. Water evaporating from oceans, plants, and soil forms clouds and returns to the surface as rain. This water recharges ground water, fills rivers, and eventually returns to the sea.
When the water cycle is healthy, rain soaks into soils where it either remains available to plants in the root zone, or recharges groundwater that feeds wells, seeps, springs, and streams. Where the water cycle is unhealthy, rain generally runs off the land, causing flash floods, or evaporates from bare soil.1
The process by which nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen, and calcium cycle between living things and the atmosphere and soils. Where mineral cycles are healthy, nutrients cycle rapidly and tend to stay within living things or accessible to them (for instance, as a "nutrient bank" in the upper layers of soil). Where mineral cycles are unhealthy, nutrients tend to get tied up in biologically unavailable forms or lost through erosion, leaching, or burning. 2
The process by which energy from sunlight fuels ecosystem functions and feeds virtually all life. Where energy flow is poor, most sunlight gets wasted striking bare ground or dead or dormant growth. As energy flow improves, more leaf area captures more sunlight over a longer season, growing far more food to feed the ecosystem. 3
The development of communities of living organisms. Because of the constant interplay of species, weather and climate variations, etc., this process is ongoing. The greater the biodiversity in a community, the more stable and robust that community tends to be. 4
Writer: Peter Donovan
Title: "Glossary for managing wholes: People, land, and money"
The above history was gleaned from a rich little book written by Iona Robbins. Thank you Iona for a great read... and Thank you Mr. D Smith for lending it out.
IN 1870, 1200 TROOPS under the command of Colonel Garnet Joseph Wolseley were sent to quell Louis Riel and the Red River Rebellion .
Leaving Toronto by boat they docked in Bruce Mines and traveled by land to Sault Ste. Marie rather than risk detection by traveling along
St. Mary’s River. The Fenians were raiding Canada from the United States and Wolseley didn't want them alerted.
From Colonization Road in Bruce Mines, through Plummer township up to Sylvan Valley and into Sault Ste. Marie his men traveled the "Military Road", literally building sections as they went.
In time, parts of the "Old Military Road" were graded and paved and much of it became todays Hwy 638.
Little did they know that the valleys in this stretch of land would become home to small pockets of farms going against the grain in their own way.
Title: "Glancing Through Rydal Bank and Plummer Township : Over One Hundred Years of History"
Author: E. Iona Robbins
Publisher: Tyro Publishing, 1995
ISBN: 0921249349, 9780921249344
193 Cemetry Rd.
Echo Bay, ON