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Maple Woods Organic Farms

Our mission is to produce nutritious crops and products for our family’s health as well as our customers’.
We strive to promote biodiversity on our farm by supporting the natural ecological systems entrusted to us. We hope our practices will improve the farm to the benefit of the next generation.

When we, Gary and Joan Fischer and our family first started farming here, we converted the whole farm to organic and our first certified organic crop was spelt in 1990. We have been certified organic ever since and have gradually added acreage to our operation. The majority of our 500 acres is now used to produce feed and pasture for our beef herd, plus we grow cash crops of spelt and soybeans. We strive to produce high quality, nutritious crops by using farm practices that build the soil structure and health. To do this we rotate crops to interrupt pest cycles and control weed pressure. As required for Organic Certification, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are not used. By adhering to this practice we are eliminating chemicals in the food system, water and the environment, as well as keeping the soil microbes and organisms alive and well.

We use clover, oats and peas as green manure cover crops to help build soil structure and increase fertility. Grass-legume mixtures grown for hay and pasture also add nutrients and organic matter to the soil, as well as helping control soil erosion. Fall planted spelt also works great for controlling erosion, as it is planted in the fall and covers the soil over the winter months. Soybeans, corn and a mixture of oats, peas and barley are grown for cash crops and feed for our commercial herd of beef cows. Straw and the hulls from the spelt dehulling are used for bedding the cattle when it is too cold and wet for them to be on pasture. This manure is then composted and used to increase fertility in the soil.

Our farm is divided into fields with trees and shrubs for wind breaks between them. We also take great pleasure in planting trees and have a windbreak of 5000 spruce trees on the perimeter of our farm along the road and as windbreaks between some fields. The fence rows and windbreaks give wildlife shelter and food as well as subduing the wind in winter as well as in the growing season. This results in micro-climates in the individual fields for better growing conditions for the crops.

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