Locally Germinated: a farmer’s cooperative, established in 2011, uses an innovative new food business model called Community Supported or Shared Agriculture (CSA) to provide fresh, ecologically-grown food to the Windsor-Essex Chatham-Kent area. CSA’s bring together consumers and farmers in support of a strong and healthy local economy. Consumers buy a share in our CSA and receive a weekly basket of produce featuring the freshest seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. Our members are directly supporting their farmers and our families. We have been a part of the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market since it’s inception and we were a part of the Belle River Farmers’ Market’s inaugural year in 2014 and a full season vendor in 2015.
A commitment to strict organic farming methods – no GMO’s, no artificial pesticides/insecticides/herbicides/fungicides, no artificial petroleum-based fertilizers. We use permaculture inspired and sustainable farming methods to grow food in a way that protects the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.
Our current farmers:
Andrea Nickerson – grew up in Thunder Bay, ON, where she studied Fine Arts at Lakehead University. After 2 seasons working at Terre Tremblay Farm she is taking over as Farm Manager for 2017.
Rashel Tremblay – grew up on a farm in Tilbury, ON, and is a music-loving, weed-eating, barefooted, sole parent to three life-learning children.
Michael and Deb Tremblay – have been farming for over 45 years, and transitioned to Organics in the mid 1990’s. They are pioneers in the local organic food movement and live in Tilbury, ON, where they raised 4 children . They grow a variety of crops and raise chickens for eggs and meat. In 2014 they raised heritage pigs for the first time.
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We also get a HUGE amount of help, in diverse ways, from: Lennon (the muscles), Faenin (foodie extraordinaire, seed-saving, pre-season planning, harvesting, harvesting manager), Oddy (animal custodian, insect patrol, harvesting, taste-testing), Joce, Nat, Paul (all 3 are amazing supports in all ways possible), Marie W (editing, support, general awesomeness) and Andrea (super farm friend and employee).
Our History: Locally Germinated is currently based on a family farm in Lakeshore near the town of Tilbury. The homestead was established in the 1880’s, the land cleared to make way for farming, and the Ash Trees used to build the still-standing log house that the Tremblay family currently lives in. The farm has been in the family since it was established and passed down through generations of mothers. Deb spent most of her childhood living on the farm with her parents and went on to raise her own 4 children there. The Creek that runs along one side of the farm is Tremblay Creek, named for some of Mike’s ancestors. We have all been blessed to be on this very special land.
Location: The farm is located at 20600 Morris Rd, Lakeshore (outside the town of Tilbury), 30 minutes from Windsor. Farm market and CSA pickup is on Wednesdays.