Green Bicycle Farm is a small scale vegetable and cut flower farm who focus on sustainable agricultural practices.
Green bicycle farm is located in Rockwood. We grow vegetables, flowers, native trees and honey. We believe that nurturing and building our soil is the key to growing truly nourishing food. To accomplish this we mostly use hand tools and the help of the natural world. We continue to develop techniques that encourage a healthy biome on and around our farm. This to us is imperative when participating in wholesome and sustainable agriculture. We don’t use pesticides or herbicides. We believe in working hand in hand with nature and we keep educating ourselves on ecological ways to deal with pests and diseases. We are dedicated to growing the most nourishing and beautiful produce and flowers for our community. Look up our CSA page for more info on how to sign up for a season of weekly boxes full of tasty fresh vegetables, honey and flowers!
The acronym “CSA” stands for Community Shared Agriculture. It is a system in which the community buys shares from a farm before the growing season starts therefore allowing the farmers the upfront expenses that are needed at the beginning of the season (seeds, tools, compost, equipment). When you buy a share you buy into the adventure of farming with us! We will share together the benefits and risks of growing food. In return, you will receive a season's worth of fresh, local and high quality and will contribute to building a strong community. By supporting us you become part of a movement who strives to create an equitable and healthy food system. We genuinely care about our members and we will honour your commitment to our farm with our dedicated work to produce the best food for you.
The regular share contains 8-10 items each week. This is a good option for a couple or a small family. You will receive your veggies from mid-June to October for a total of 20 weeks.
Regular share: 575$
family share add on
The family add on is designed for larger families who think a regular share will not meet their needs. 3 or 4 items are added to the regular share each week and it consists mostly of the staple items such as carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. Also 20 weeks, from June to October.
Family share add on: 200$
Bring life to your house this season by signing up for the flower add on. You will get a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers along with your veggie box. You have the option to sign up to receive a new bouquet every week or every other week.
Weekly flower add-on (16 weeks): 240$
Bi-weekly flower add-on (8 weeks):120$
What will be in my share?
Your share will be filled with vegetables that are in season so its content will keep changing. We grow many different vegetables and varieties to supply you with different items each week (we will not drown you in a mountain of kale we promise!) We grow all of what most people are used to but keep in mind that you might have to broaden your culinary world and give your taste buds a ride once in a while since your share will also contain some less common but still extra tasty items. If that sounds scary to you, fear not! When you sign up you have the option to receive our weekly newsletter where you will find out what will be in your share along with some recipe ideas.
Pick up locations
We offer two different pick up times and locations;
1- You can come pick up directly at the farm on Tuesdays from 4pm to 7pm.
2-thursdays downtown Guelph from 4pm to 7pm (location to be determined) Your share will have been already prepared and packed into a rubbermaid tote.
How it works
Once you have made the decision to commit to a season with us fill up the CSA registration and agreement form. You will receive fresh vegetables for 20 weeks, from mid-June to October.
We offer a regular size share, a family add on share and a flower and honey add on. You can also buy the flower and honey options on their own if you wish, without purchasing a veggie share.
MEAT SHARES-partnership with Green Pastures Farm
You can now sign up for a vegetable share AND a meat share all at once and pick both shares at your chosen location.
Are you ready for a season full of great food?
WE TAKE BULK HONEY ORDERS NOW! PLEASE CONTACT US TO MAKE YOUR ORDER.
What would the world become without bees and other pollinators? We are unfortunately dangerously close to finding out the answer. Many of us are concerned about the future of our little winged allies. We now know that conventional agricultural practices have greatly damaged the insect population worldwide. We are proud to be able to host bee hives on our farm and provide our bees with the best possible environment for success. Each year we plant a wide range of wildflowers and flowering trees and shrubs for our bees (and birds). Our gardens are always buzzing with happy bees. We are committed to raising our bees in the most respectful way. There exists quite a bit of controversy around some beekeeping practices and we want to be transparent about what we do. Our practices reflect the information that bee specialists and researchers have been sharing.
Here are some frequently asked questions about our bees and honey along with some facts and myths.
Do you supplement your hives with sugar? Ahhhhh, this is one hot topic in the honey world right now. The answer is yes, we do feed sugar to our bees during the cold months. An increasing number of customer see an ethical and health issue in this practice. It sounds cruel to steal the bees precious food reserves for the winter and replace it with some crap sugar. It doesn’t seem like a fair practice for the bees and the people who buy honey, right? I mean, who wants to buy white sugar hiding under a smooth golden cloak? Mr Evil White Sugar you are already a pro at being in everything everywhere all the time so you just leave the damn honey alone, ok!? While a lot of people will argue that sugar is fed to the bees for purely economical reasons, there is actually a lot more behind this practice. Keep in mind here that we are solely talking about small scale beekeepers here. Big operations have different practices and it is not what we are talking about. Big operations will take all of the honey from the bees and feed them sugar instead. But often small producers like us will leave enough honey for the bees to have an “emergency stash” of food. Sugar water is given as a supplement and there are quite a few valid reasons to do so. To really understand let us walk you through the steps of honey making and harvest.
The beginning of Spring is actually a critical time for bees. Beekeepers have to be alert and check on their hives regularly as this is often a time of food shortage for the colonies. When the warmer days set in, the bees will scout for food but the the food sources are still very scarce at this time. That’s why you need to let your pretty dandelion lawn be! Dandelions happen to be one of the first foods available for the bees. Usually our bees find enough food on our property to take care of themselves. Spring is also the time where we do a general check over of our hives to make sure everyone is healthy.
By this time the queen has already been laying thousands of eggs and the colonies are growing strong. The worker bees are busy gathering pollen and nectar and the drones are out breeding. Other than adding more honey supers (it is like adding floors onto an apartment building), this is generally a hands off time for our bee management. There is a constant flow of nectar from Spring to Fall with the exception of a few weeks during the summer months (those weeks are weeks where there isn’t a lot of flowers blooming. Strange, right?). We try to keep track of this and do a large planting of a specialised nectar crop such as buckwheat to keep the bees foraging going all through summer.
Two major things happen with our Green Bicycle bees during fall. One is the goldenrod rush, which is the last major wildflower nectar that is collected. Number two is the harvest of the honey (yum!) The harvest process is pretty straight forward but labour intensive. We first sort the frames of honey and end up giving about 1/3 back to our bees. The frames then get processed and the honey is extracted from the frame. The delicious fresh honey is then stored into food safe containers from where it will be sold in bulk quantities or poured into smaller jars for the household consumer (That’s YOU!). Our honey is not adulterated in any way. We do not add/remove anything nor do we pasturize. This is straight from the hive honey!
Once the we have harvested the honey we let the bees wind down for the rest of the fall. There will be lots of nectar left on the plants for a few more weeks and as we mentioned, we give loads of honey back to them to store for the winter. We will monitor them shortly after this and provide them with any supplementation food they require. Research from many different universities have shown that supplementing with additional food source relieves stress on the colonies. This in turn prevents; aggressive behaviour and colony collapse. Honey stored for too long in the hive can change properties and become toxic to the bees. (REFERENCE)
IN NO CASE does the food which we supplement (sugar) the bees with, get turned into honey that is extracted. This is consumed only by the winter bees, inside the lowest box called the Brood Box. This is the area where the Queen lays her eggs and workers take care of young. We never take anything from this box as it contains our most precious bee resource……BEES. In short, the honey WE eat is 100% flower goodness.
The Brood Box containing the Queen and the winter bees are packed up and receive an insulating cover to protect from the harsh weather. They spend those cold dark months eating, vibrating and keeping their monarch toasty warm. Usually here in Southern Ontario we will get a January or February warm spell and during these few days we will do a quick check on the hives to make sure everyone is still doing well.
We take pride in taking care of these wonderful creatures and always keep their best interests in mind. Through our own studies and mentorships we have found a way that we can effectively keep our colonies healthy. More bees in the world is the goal!
Green BICYCLE team
The idea of Green Bicycle Farm was born a long time ago while I was visiting and working at other farms in western Canada. The name of the farm is actually telling exactly how the farm started; on my green bicycle! I grew up in suburban Montreal where the most commonly grown plant is grass. Up until my early 20’s I had never grown a thing. How outrageous is that?! That changed when I decided to go live out west where I started working on a farm where I worked for most of that year. This experience left me with the desire to keep growing things. Spring could no longer come without me being taken by a crazy gardening\growing fever. It was through my travels on my green bicycle across Canada and down the states west coast that the idea of starting a farm really flourished. Back from my travels I settled with my partner Pete on ten acres on top of a hill in Rockwood. The house on the property was crappy but hey 10 freakin acres to start a farm was enough to silence my secret desire to live in a perfect little cozy cabin. So here we are now slowly building our farm year after year. I feel truly inspired by revolutionary small scale farmers such as Jean-Martin Fortier, Eliot Coleman, Curtis Stone and Erin Benzakein. They show the world it is possible to grow high quality food and flowers without using the traditional agricultural practices are damaging our health and our ecosystems.
Csa registration and membership agreement form
Green Bicycle Farm
CSA membership agreement
Welcome to our CSA program! We are happy to have you on board for the season. The goal of the CSA membership agreement is to help clarify the key points of what it means to become a Green Bicycle Farm member. When you sign up with our farm you trust that we will supply you with high quality fresh food and flowers. Your comittment to our farm means a lot to us. We will honour it by working as hard as we can to provide you with excellent produce for 20 weeks, June through mid-October. We want to say thank you for choosing a small farm to feed your family. You are contributing to the change that needs to happen in our food system and we are glad that you are part of this journey with us.
The growing methods we use on our small farm are very different than the methods currently used in conventional big scale agriculture. We are a part of a new generation of young farmers who wish to provide their community with nourishing food without harming the planet. This is why building a healthy living soil is our main focus on the farm. It is where the life of all the plants we grow start and develop. We know that a healthy soil will mean happy plants, higher yields, and most of all, nutrient dense food for our members. We use A LOT of compost to replenish and feed our soil and pelleted chicken manure to feed our plants. We focus on creating biodiversity on and around the farm which is an efficient and natural way of dealing with pests, weeds and diseases. In certain cases, as a last resort, we may use certified organic pest control if we find that one of our crop is seriously endangered by an out of control population. We do follow organic practices and principles however we are not currently certified.
Growing food means dealing with the natural world. When you sign up:
You are ready to share the risks; farming involves a lot of unpredictability and despite all of our efforts we might occasionally loose a crop.
You understand that an item you were expecting in your box might not be available on a specific week or even for the season.
Most of the time your food is harvested on the day you pick it up. You understand that we do wash our produce but that you might occasionally find a bug or a bit of dirt on a vegetable.
You understand that our selection depends on the time of the season and you are open to trying new veggies. (When you sign up for the newsletter you will receive recipes too)
-If a crop does fail we will replace it with any other items we have ready for harvest at that time to make up for the price of the lost item.
-If a crop fails and we have nothing to replace it with because of some kind of extreme climate conditions, we will do our best to make it up to you the following weeks.
1- At the farm 5329 3rd Line, Rockwood, N0B2K0 on Tuesdays from 4pm to 7pm.
This is a market-style pick up wich means all items will be laid on a table with a blackboard indicating which items and in what quantity you are getting for that week’s share. You must bring your own bags or tote every week if you choose this pick up option. The advantage to this market style pick up is that you will be able to swap items you don’t want by using the swap box. There is more flexibility for customizing your share when you choose this option.
2-In Guelph at the Sip Club (91 Wyndham St N), from 4pm to 7pm Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm
Your share will already be packed and stored into a tote with your name on it.
You bring your full tote home and return it empty the next week when you pick up again. If you forget your tote at home one week, you are responsible for returning your empty tote to the farm in order to have your next pick up. A deposit of 10.50$ is added to the price of your CSA subscription to cover lost totes. It will be returned to you once you bring your last empty tote at the end of the season.
Note. We do not carry extra totes therefore if you don’t return your tote we won’t be able to pack a tote for you the next week…...too many totes in that sentence ;)
Missed pick up
We understand that life happens and that you might unexpectedly not be able to pick up your share one week during the season. Please let us know as soon as you can. We suggest you arrange for a friend or a family member to come and pick up your share for you. If that is not an option, we can arrange for a pick up later in the week at the farm.
If you do not pick up your share and don’t advise us, it will be donated to the food bank. There is no refund possible for missed pick up.
You can let us know (well in advance please) if you will be missing a pick up because you will be on vacation. We still suggest that you ask a friend or a family member to pick up your share. However if that isn’t an option and that you have informed us at least 2 weeks in advance we can give you a credit for the value of the missed share and you will be able to use that credit any time during the remaining of the season. You can choose to spend it by having two shares on a week instead of one or you can use it to buy any other products from the farm (honey or flowers). We can only allow this to happen twice for each shareholder during the season for our planning and logistic’s sake.
Payment details and deadlines
Regular Share: 575$
Family add-on: 200$
Flower add-on (weekly for 16 wks): 240$
Flower add-on (bi-weekly, 8 wks total): 120$
Flower punch card 10 bouquets: 120$
Flower punch card 5 bouquets: 60$
Honey punch card 5 kilos: 80$
Payment plans: It is helpful for us to get the payment in full when members register. That is why if you do we give you your first week of veggies for free and you pay 550$ instead of 575$ (each box is worth between 25$-34$)
However, we are aware that paying a full season of vegetables in advance is not easy for everyone. We offer payment plans options to make more it more accessible. We ask for a 100$ deposit and the balance can be paid with monthly payments (post dated checks are preferred but e transfer on the 1st of each month works too). Shares must be paid in full by September 1st. Please contact us if you would like to make a different arrangement.
Early bird registration: When you sign up for a regular share before February 1st 2019 you get a 1 kilo jar of honey from the farm (18$ value).
When you sign up for a share we expect you to stay on board with us for the season. When you buy a share, we have planned in advance to grow vegetables for you. Seeds are bought, crop plans are made, everything is very carefully planned. We are not able to offer a refund. We expect that you are ready to commit and that you have done the necessary research to determine if signing up for a CSA program is the right move for you. However, we know that life happens and we understand if unforseeable events force you to put an end to your commitment to our farm. Please give us a call if that happens to you.
How to communicate with us
Contact us via phone or email. For all CSA inquiries, comments or concerns please reach Annie at 226-203-3214 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will communicate with you via email. When you sign up, we will add your email to our mailing list. This is how we will keep you updated about the farm and the CSA program and it is also how we will communicate any changes (location, time of pick up etc)that might occur.
By purchasing a share form Green Bicycle Farm, you agree to all the terms and conditions of the membership agreement.
Check this page regularly for upcoming events and workshops taking place on the farm.
Fruit, nut, and flowering tree pruning workshop
Description: This hands on workshop will cover everything one will need to know in order to establish and maintain their personal fruit trees/orchard. Topics of discussion will include; Goals of pruning, PPE (personal protective equipment) and tools required, maintenance of tools, maintaining good tree health whilst pruning, proper cutting practices, pruning young fruit trees and re-establishing neglected fruit trees. This is a general course outline but discussions will be somewhat determined by class participation.
A Vegetarian chilli lunch will be provided.
Instructor: Peter Dewey is a certified arborist who has been working in the tree care industry since 2009. He has travelled to many countries in Africa to help establish local economies through developing market gardens and tree nurseries. Peter holds equal passion in growing native trees from seed, establishing new canopy cover and climbing for maintenance pruning or hazard tree removal.
What YOU need to bring:
-proper outdoor clothing for rain or shine (our class room is the great outdoors)
-work or gardening gloves
-cutlery, mug and bowl
Recommended to bring:
-a (non-motorized) cutting tool you would normally use at home (we have some tools that we can all share but quantities are limited)
-note pad and pencil
When: Saturday, March 16, 9am to 1 pm
Where: At the farm (5329 3rd line, Rockwood, N0B 2K0)
NOTE: Current CSA members receive a 20% discount on this course
Workshop will run rain or shine however if there aren’t enough participants we will have to cancel. A full refund will be returned to those who had paid.
Check this page regularly or subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming workshops and events.
We want to hear from you!
Green bicycle farm
5329 3rd line, Guelph/Eramosa, ON,