About Our Farm
Larkspur Farm is a small farm in Buckingham, QC. We grow long-lasting cut flowers and full flavoured vegetables for farmers’ markets in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
We often get asked how two young people from the city ended up farming. For us, farming is a vehicle for social change, and we feel lucky to be able to share our passion with the people who eat what we grow. Yes, farming is hard work, but it’s also creative, impactful, fascinating, and we can’t imagine doing anything else.
We choose varieties based on flavour and grow vegetables that we like to cook with. We take pleasure from eating straight from the field or off the vine, and want to rekindle the connections to food that we know run deep in people, families, and communities. We are eager to learn from and build relationships with eaters who are cooking with our produce and grow together.
We specialize and direct market high quality salad greens, fresh roots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs. We also grow a wide variety of cut flowers and foliage for farmers’ markets and florists.
We grow on less than an acre of rented land without the use of a tractor. Instead, we focus on tools that allow us to make the most of our small land size and our capacity as farmers.
Healthy soil is at the heart of our farming practices. We work to maximize living soils that contribute to the health of our plants and the nutrient content of the vegetables. This spring, we plan to create permanent beds with the use of a rotary plow and a harrow. After that initial tillage, we plan to only cultivate the top inch and a half of soil. Our no-till tool box includes the use wheel hoes, tarps, and cover cropping. We also use a broadfork to aerate the soil before plantings and keep the soil covered with green living plants for as long as we can.
The other benefit of no till agriculture is that it enhances the soil’s ability to drawdown atmospheric carbon for safe, long term storage. To learn more about the role regenerative farming practices can play in mitigating climate change, click here.
We farm without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and will be pre-certified organic in summer 2019.
We like that the lark is a symbol of the first light of day; there every morning to remind us to take things lightly.
Larkspur is the common name for delphinium, a spring flower with over 300 varieties that looks like the foot of a lark. We can't wait to grow it!