The Green Circle Food Hub was formed by farmers in the early days of the pandemic, out of the tremendous need for collaboration and cooperation between farmers and homes.
It started with a few farmers working together to sell each other's food and deliver to homes through no-contact delivery. Kendal Hills Farm, a small farm outside of Orono, Ontario had the facilities (fridge storage, freezer storage & dry storage) to serve as a collection point for food.
The purpose for the Green Circle Food Hub is to serve farmers, homes and the environment
- Increases access to the best, seasonal food from small producers.
- Provides a direction connection to the people growing and making your food
- It allows farmers & producers to set the prices for their food. Normally, farmers are price-takers and are forced to accept very low prices for their food from wholesales and distributors.
- Increases the amount of time they spend on the farm by reducing the time they spend on the highways and at markets delivering and selling their food
For the Environment:
- Reduces the amount of vehicles on the road. Instead of 40 vendors making 40 deliveries to the same 40 locations, it's one vehichle.
- Reduces packaging
- Reduces food waste
About Kendal Hills Farm
Kendal Hills Game Farm is situated on 70 acres of rolling woodland in the ecologically sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. Emily has called Kendal Hills home since she was a child and now she and Dave, as well as their two kids and her parents, are working with the land to farm pasture-raised fowl & other livestock and to cultivate and wild-harvest gourmet mushrooms. Emily & Dave are committed to the principles of regenerative agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. By capturing carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, regenerative agriculture aims to reverse global climate change. At the same time, it offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, and higher health and vitality for farming communities. The system draws on decades of scientific and applied research by the global communities of organic farming, agroecology, holistic grazing, and agroforestry.
In addition to the farm, Emily works as an academic librarian and Dave draws upon his 15 years working on community food security and social innovation as Executive Director of the Rhizome Institute for the Future of Food, a national nonprofit dedicated to developing and testing new ideas that contribute to a regenerative food system.