Want to raise natural and organic vegetables and meats but not sure where to start?

If you are a new or soon-to-be organic grower, you are in the right place!

If you wonder what's in the food you eat
And food scares make you queasy
Grow natural and organic vegetables and meat
New Terra Natural Food makes it easy!

So, who are we (and why are we perpetrating bad poetry)? New Terra Farm is a small family-owned business located near Merrickville, Ontario. We grow a lot of our own veggies and meats, with limited quantities for sale.

Trust us, we grow-it better than we po-et!

Why we do what we do - GREAT FOOD!

Free Market Gardening Start-up Guide

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DATELINE January 2023: I just updated and expanded my popular Bootstrap Market Gardening book.

Based on live training I've done for colleges, universities and community business organizations, I developed 9 new Training Modules to guide the new or soon-to-be market gardener in starting-up, marketing, and managing a successful market garden business.

This course compresses what we've learned about growing food and running multiple businesses in more than 20 years at New Terra Farm.

I think we have all come to realize the only real security is what you can build for yourself.

My book is a good place to start. You can see the new and improved Bootstrap Market Gardening Course here.

market gardening scottI love my garden!

Our guiding philosophy . . .

Natural is better! Foods grown organically have more of the good stuff (vitamins, minerals and other factors that promote good health) and less of the bad stuff (i.e. herbicides and pesticides) in them. If you are as concerned as we are about what's in the food you eat, then go natural! Get more information about this topic (some very scary!) via the links and reports on our Organic Advantage page.

Farm grown is better! Purchasing directly from organic farms and farmers' markets helps guarantee fresh produce. Farmers' markets and home delivery food basket programs (also known as Community Supported Agriculture or CSA) are a great source of natural and organic food for your family.

We day-range our poultry on pasture - NO confinement

Pasture-raised is better! There is growing evidence to show that raising animals on pasture is better for the animal, better for the farmer, better for the environment and produces food that is better for the consumer. Find out more on our Organic Farming and Animals Welfare page.

Local is better! Current statistics show that over 85% of natural and organic food eaten by Canadians comes from outside the country. It takes 1500 calories of petrochemical energy to get 1 calorie of food energy to Canada from California. That is the definition of 'not sustainable'!

Buy local, get great food, support your local grower and save the environment, all at the same time! Look for local, Ontario, or Canadian sources (preferably in that order) for natural foods and organic packaged and prepared foods as well.

Our piggies help clean up our garden

Now what, oh wise yet humble farmer/poet?

You can follow the links to find LOTS of information sources and resources for growing natural and organic food for you and your family, or your market.  You'll find information about growing, cooking, preserving and enjoying good food that's also good for you.

And, a whole LOT of information about the business of growing for market!

Dogs and lambs living together - MASS HYSTERIA!

New Terra Farm Receives Agri-Food Innovation Award!

New Terra Farm received the Premier's Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence for our innovative small farm marketing and management model. Find out more about the award on our New Terra Farm page, or Contact da Farm for details.

Suzie immediately grabbed the plaque, wouldn't let go

The award is just one reason we believe that there's never been a better time to be a market gardener! Demand for fresh, natural and organic food is soaring: the market in North America is growing by at least 20% annually.

If you are a small farmer (or are thinking about starting a market garden), don't miss finding out more about about our prize-winning market gardening model and take home some lessons from our efforts to launch a successful small farm (without having to spend a fortune.)

Hey, they gave us the award, we must have done something right!

My Latest Bootstrap Book - also just in time for 2023!

Man, 2021 SUCKED! Suzie and I had it a lot better than many folks, since the farm has always fed us and provided some extra income. 

I think a lot of people had their eyes opened, and have come to realize the importance of building some resiliency into their lives. 

In any extended emergency, Job #1 is to feed yourself and your family. I just finished my latest Bootstrap Book (this is number 5 in the series), the Bootstrap Survival Garden

This book explains in great detail how to grow a sustainable food supply even if you have access to only a small parcel of land. 

But don't wait for the emergency to  break out. Like the book says, 'learn how to grow food like you have to, before you have to'!

Check it out here.


This site made with 100% recycled electrons. No animals were harmed in any of the photos (a couple didn't make it past Thanksgiving, though)

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