We live on a 100-acre Farm at the bottom of the Bruce Peninsula.
We’ve growing 2 acres Garlic and .25 acres shallots organically (not certified) for 12 years
The rest of the land is pasture and rented to a sheep farmer (he provides us with decomposed sheep manure for the garlic).
The soil is a rich loamy & slightly heavy with lots of stones), holds moisture & nutrients well but gets hard when dry sticky when wet.
The soil produces good Garlic but can be a challenge to harvest if the weather is wet or dry.
We do all the work by hand (planting, harvesting. Cleaning, trimming, drying & braiding) We’re lucky that there lots of kids in the area that don’t mind hard work. It is hard work in the heat of the summer.
All the Garlic is sold retail at Farm Gate, Farmers Markets, Garlic Festivals and 40% is sold for seed.
Native of Donegal Ireland
Graduated from Gurteen Agricultural College in Tipperary.in 1971.
Came to Canada in 1974 to work on a Dairy Farm.
Had to leave Dairy Farm due to allergies in 1980.
Went back to college and graduated in Welding Technology (1982)
Which pays the bills to this day.
The love of the land and luck I moved to our present location (100) acres 1984 in partnership with Wendy.