Projects

1000lbs Project

Every year we donate 1000lbs of produce to not-for-profit organizations and foodbanks. This is just part of our commitment to building stronger, healthier communities and finding ways to give away abundance.

100 Trees Project

We love trees! Fruit trees, nut trees, native species, trees for beauty, trees for shade. They capture CO2, the provide habitat for birds, and they hold the soil in place. It’s our goal to plant at least 100 trees a year… forever. Come and see our growing collection of trees on one of the public farm tour days. Or to participate in our spring planting, get in touch.


Donate a tree today. If you believe in this project you can become a sponsor of a tree and we will plant it for you. Or you can come plant it yourself on our community planting day. You can come back in ten years and taste the bounty!


Asian Pear - $15

Hazelnut - $15

Speckled Alder (native, nitrogen fixing) $5

Vegetable Nutrition Study

In 2016, Wheelbarrow Farm received a grant from The Big Carrot in Toronto to test the nutritional quality of our vegetables against supermarket varieties (both organic and conventional). A&L laboratories in London was hired to do the testing using the Brix method. Brix testing measures soluble solids within a plant and is a good predictor of nutritional content, flavour, sweetness and longevity.


Spinach

Wheelbarrow Farm   5.5, 6.5, 5.4.   Average 5.8

Earth Green (organic)    4.9, 4.3, 4.6    Average   4.6

Queen Victoria    4.2, 4.9, 4.0    Average 4.4


Kale

Wheelbarrow Farm   11.2, 10.1, 13.4   Average 11.6

Grocery store conventional   8.8, 10.9, 10.4    Average   10

Foxy Organic    7, 8.6, 10.4   Average 8.7


In each case, the Wheelbarrow Farm vegetables tested with at least a 20% higher Brix score than grocery store alternatives. This can partially be explained by freshness. We harvest either the day of market, or the day before. Grocery store produce can be up to two weeks old. 


Stay tuned for more testing in the 2018 season. We are planning to test chard, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, and beets.