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Farm Focus - Coldspring Farm
The philosophy of Coldspring's small, family run farm, in the Annapolis Valley, is to let Mother Nature do what she does best: foster life. You can do your part to foster the development of small scale, sustainable agriculture by your loyal support in the marketplace. Every time you demand clean food, grown in our Maritime bio-region, you cast your vote for sustainability in regional food production.

Because at Coldspring they don't let chemicals get in Mother Nature's way, crops and livestock are allowed to develop at their own rate. Carrots grow better; cattle and chicken are happier. Paul and Ruth Colville are pleased to bring you the results!

Whether you have allergies to chemicals or simply prefer to eat naturally, Coldspring Farm can provide you with a wide range of certified organic foods. All of their produce is certified organic by Nova Scotia Growers Association.

Not only does Coldspring provide produce, it also has free-range eggs and chicken, as well as certified organic beef. The flock of hens is free to roam at will among the fruit trees and pastures in search of bugs and worms, and fed only grains (organic when possible) - no antibiotics, no medications, no meat or fish meal, no hormones and absolutely no cages. As part of their organic soil building system, the folks at Coldspring keep a herd of 30 beef animals, which are available by individual cuts.

Food box selection in accordance with seasonal availability
Home Grown Organic Foods is a small business dedicated to providing our patrons with fresh, organic and sustainably farmed produce and foodstuffs. We support local certified organic growers as well as growers that are in transition towards certification. We believe in recognizing the hard work of organic producers and providing the freshest, healthiest, highest value and quality organic produce and foodstuffs possible.

Home Grown has addressed a variety of customer concerns regarding the contents of the food box contents. Some members applaud the introduction of some imported organic fruits in the food box while others have voiced concerns that the food box does not contain the local produce that they would like to see. Home Grown seeks to provide our members with sustainably farmed and locally abundant produce. During the winter months as fresh local produce becomes scarce and the food boxes begin to have the hearty weight of root vegetables and apples, you will find non-local produce items in your food box to provide you with a greater diversity of produce items.

Home Grown recognizes the benefit of supporting organic farmers and providing imported food that is in season within it's region so long as it does not compete with local growers. All our food box items are in season to ensure the freshness, taste , quality as well as economic and environmental value of the produce.

Over the winter months there will also be more dried grains, seeds, pastas and rices included in the food boxes to provide members with some hearty carbohydrates to complete a cold climate diet. Home Grown also recognizes the diverse needs of each of our members and hopes to accommodate many different lifestyle and dietary needs. Whether roots are your kitchen kindreds or your culinary adversaries we would like to know to serve you better.

The new HGOF web-site allows members to change their preferences and dislikes on-line. To further tailor your food box to suit your needs (go to Update Food Preferences), check out our new web-site to access your Member file. Both Geordie and myself (mostly Geordie, he's the 'tech') will be glad to help you along the process. Please do not hesitate to contact us through email, phone or in person to indicate your food preferences and dislikes and especially to discuss and address any issues that you feel pertinent to the growth of the organic farming, food and living awareness movement.

Thanks, eat well and enjoy,
Buying Local and Buying Organic: Sometimes a Tradeoff
At Home Grown Organic Foods, we want to offer you the most healthy, tasty and sustainably produced food we can find. In particular, we favor products that are certified organic and produced locally. Our fruits and vegetables are always 100% certified organic. However, for some of our grocery products, we offer our customers a choice between either a locally-sourced conventionally produced item or a non-local organic item.

We feel, that in some cases the cost to the planet of shipping food long distances is as great or greater than the cost of conventional farming methods. We understand though, that for health reasons, many people prefer organic products. We are always looking for the best of both worlds, local and organic.
Creating A Sustainable Community Food System
Over the past few decades the North American food system has become increasingly industrialized and controlled by large corporate interests. Meanwhile, many small, local food producers have gone out of business because they can’t compete with large agri-business food producers. Despite the ability of our industrial food system to deliver large quantities of a diverse range of foods to millions of people, a growing number of individuals and organizations are raising concerns about its impact on the environment, farm households, consumers, food safety, and quality of life in rural communities.

The Sustainable Agriculture Research Education Program in the U.S. points out that over the past 20 years food prices have increased by 20% above inflation, yet the share of each food dollar returned to farmers has declined from 33 cents to 21 cents. Throughout North America there is a movement towards a “sustainable community food system” in which food is grown, processed, distributed and consumed in an ecologically and socially responsible manner on a community scale. This kind of food system links producers and consumers by the bonds of community as well as economy.

At HGOF, we believe the model of buying certified organic produce and groceries from small, local producers and distributing them directly to consumers is a key ingredient of a sustainable community food system.
Organic Carrots Grown Almost Year Round in NS
NS has ideal carrot growing conditions, with warm summers and cold winters that keep the soil cold. Carrots go sweet in cold soil, when their starches convert to sugars. NS growers harvest carrots in the fall and early winter and then leave them unwashed in covered outdoor bins. Immediately before shipping, the carrots are washed, graded and packaged. By contrast, carrots from Mexico or California harvested in warm soil and "hydro-cooled" (stored in cold water right after harvesting), then dried, graded and stored in their packages. This causes them to deteriorate rapidly and lose their taste.

We are pleased to be offering you great tasting NS carrots week after week. Please note that even the sweetest carrots can go bitter if stored with fruits like apples, which give off ethylene gas as they ripen. Always store your fruits and vegetables in separate crispers. At this time of year you can leave your carrots outside, where they will stay sweet and crisp for weeks.

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