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  • "We are now open for the season! It's been another early year for us. The berry crops look amazing. We are very excited about farming this year and want to grow the highest quality and healthiest food possible. Our environment is very important to us so we do everything we can to be environmentally friendly while being sustainable. We are looking forward to a great summer and want to thank you all for your ongoing support. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates, or you can call 604-946-8216. Thanks and hope to see you soon!"

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FARMING PRACTICES

Emma Lea Farms was incorporated on our Century Farm in 1954 by Robert and Betty Husband (See Our Farm History Page). Kevin took over the management in 1975 and added new crops such as Strawberries, Raspberries, Cabbage and Rutabaga. Over the years, we have continued to grow in a healthy sustainable manner with the hopes of keeping our farm going for another generation. Below are some of our methods of moving forward and producing a healthy, environmentally safe product that we are proud of.

ENVIRONMENTAL FARM PLAN
A program initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada with the following objectives:

Help the agriculture sector better identify its impact on the environment. Promote the growth of stewardship activities within the agriculture industry. Support the environmental objectives of the Agricultural Policy Framework by: a) assuring Canadians that agriculture resources are being managed in a sustainable fashion; and b) helping to brand Canada in the global market as a source of safe, high-quality food produced in an environmentally responsible manner.


ON-FARM FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION
This certificate shows that we have met the Canadian Horticultural Council requirements. This is an on-farm food safety program designed to help producers and packers implement good, food-safe procedures in their operations. This includes keeping traceable records on all daily operations and training all personnel in all aspects of crop production and food handling.


ES CROPCONSULT
This company offers Integrated Pest Management services. They monitor our fields for pests and diseases and that helps minimize any sprays needed to insure a disease free crop. Insects are only treated as they occur in numbers that exceed a safe threshold. Plant diseases can be predicted and prevented early by frequent and careful monitoring.

We regularly rotate our crops so that the same crop is not reseeded in the same field year after year. This keeps the soils healthier and the soils better balanced. We also seed cover crops such as Winter Wheat, Fall Rye, Barley and Oats. This is done for a couple of reasons. Having a cover crop helps improve drainage, helps store nutrients over the winter, and feeds the thousands of migratory birds which visit us every winter for their resting ground.

We promote good clean picking hygiene for all our field workers, and provide clean washrooms, hand washing facilities, and fresh water. We live on our farm and strive to keep it clean and neat. This adds to the pride and honour of our workers and staff.