About Lochaber Growers
Established in 2016, The Lochaber Growers is a registered Not-for-profit co-operative of 4 farms in the Lochaber area. The four 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 beautifully fresh and local fruits and vegetables ranging from blueberries, fresh melons, corn, and cherry tomatoes, to ginger and garlic.
Our farmers are a collaboration of the wise and wily. Bonnie and John Quinn (Quinn Farm) has been renowned for selling sweet corn and greenhouse tomatoes. Fenn Martin and Amberlee Boulton (The Avante Gardener) provide Ohio Garlic and an assortment of greens and cabbages. Brian and Theresa Gillis (Gillis Farm) contribute a medley of fresh chards and salad greens and our beloved raspberries. Gyumbo Noh and Kendra MacEachern (Homi Garden) are famous for beautiful greens and successful fresh ginger. Working together we have been able to provide the most diverse assortment of fresh vegetables 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 Association 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 grow and use the land to grow and 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.