About Lochaber Growers
Established in 2016, The Lochaber Growers is a registered Not-for-profit cooperative of 3 farms primarily in the Lochaber area. The family farms have mobilized their combined growing efforts to serve our community with the best possible produce. Known for our food box/community-supported agriculture (CSA), our cooperative effort boasts a unique diversity of products, offering fresh and local fruits and vegetables ranging from strawberries, wild blueberries, asparagus, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, celery and garlic, along with the option of eggs and beef.
Our farmers are a collaboration of the wise and wily. Bonnie and John Quinn (Quinn Farm) are renowned for growing asparagus, sweet corn, wild blueberries, basil and greenhouse cherry tomatoes. Fenn Martin and Amberlee Boulton (The Avante Gardener) provide Ohio Garlic, strawberries, snap peas, brassicas, cabbages and an assortment of greens. Alicia and Danny King (Six Maples Farm) provide free-run fresh eggs and grass-fed frozen lean ground beef for the food box program. For the 2022 season, we welcome Martha New Growers, David Matheson and Meghan Johnny who will be providing some of the fresh veggies for our food box program. Working together we are able to provide the most diverse assortment of fresh produce to our clients.
Lochaber Growers is very proud to support community partners including L’Arche Antigonish who have been valued clients and a community of close friends who regularly visit our farms. We are also proud of our ongoing relationships with the Antigonish Food Security Coalition and the Antigonish Farmers Market. We are each motivated to farm by the deep satisfaction of community and local food security.
Rooted in the Antigonish Movement tradition, Lochaber Growers was established to improve our capacity for sales but also to create a network of farmers who could share tools and implements as well as sales experience and general know-how.
Additionally, as settlers and farmers on the land known as Mi'kma'ki, and neighbours to Paqtnkek, Mi'kmaq Nation. We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
As we farm this land, we give thanks for our privilege to use the land to grow and to enjoy good and healthy local food on land given in friendship and collaboration that benefit ourselves and the greater community of Mi'mak'ki.
Thank you for supporting our ongoing growth.