planting06.jpg - 49668 Bytes Pfenning's Organic Farm is a grower/packer/shipper of certified organic produce. More than just a farm, ours is a "Quality of Life" business that takes a holistic approach to sustainability, and we live the organic concepts in our daily lives and business practices.

Our farm is nestled in a curve of the Nith River just outside Baden, Ontario, offering us a peaceful setting in which to raise our children. We think "local first" and focus on family and community building. From that starting point, we develop market relationships where mutual respect is the foundation.

mangoes.jpg - 34012 Bytes Our staff, including Jamaican migrant workers, are not only employees, but neighbours and friends. The vegetables we grow are packed on our farm and sold in stores around our region and across the province. We provide an unbroken chain of traceability and responsibility from field to fork, and we offer a reliable standard for our customers. While our focus is local production first, we also import off-season and tropical products to round out our line-up and enable us to offer quality product all year.

At Pfenning's we understand that education is key, and we are constantly learning and sharing what we learn with others. Our form of agriculture is the science and art of Organics and we have practiced it here in Canada since 1981. Although our family business spans three generations of Pfenning's, our organic history started long before that in Europe.

Organic agriculture as we practice it works to manage the nutrient balance in the soil to achieve optimum plant health, which in turn provides the right balance of nutrients in the foods we harvest. Balance in the soil brings balance in the food and improves the health of the people eating it. Every bite counts.

The sins of civilization:
Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Science without humanity,
Knowledge without character,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles,

I want world sympathy for the battle
of right against might.
            ~ Mahatma Ghandi

On our farm today we seek to be a model of the sustainable production of organic grains, legumes and vegetables, with a comfortable balance between the tried and true and the new and modern. The farm is a busy hub of actvity in which the most up-to-date equipment and methodologies ensure efficient packing and prompt, reliable distribution of fresh organic products to the health food stores, small grocers and supermarkets who are our customers. One of our interests is the re-introduction of the household grain mill to freshly grind the cereals we eat everyday. Our new packing shed brings in the latest technology in cooling to take the heat out of the storage areas and redirect it to make hot water and in-floor heating for the work area. This efficiency minimizes energy consumption by combining the need to cool some parts of the building and heat others.

We welcome you to browse our web site. We are confident that you will find it educational and we would enjoy hearing your comments and questions.

The Pfenning Family and Staff, Pfenning's Organic Vegetables Inc.
"Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People"

 

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