Barrie Hill Farms
- Highbush Blueberries
May - September
Conventional. Canada GAP certified. They use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as their first line of defence against pests and regularly scout crops for infestation or disease. Pesticide use is always as a last resort and they only approve low risk pesticides. The decision to use a pesticide on a crop is made based on considerations of long-term impact to their land, health and safety of their produce; not just economics. Barrie Hill also engages in an entirely voluntary Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) that is assessed by a network of peers. This process has allowed them to make many crucial changes to their operations. Examples of this include using drip irrigation for their strawberry plants targeted towards the root zone (allowing the plant and fruit to stay dry). They also plant cover crops to restore nutrients, and where possible, rotate crops to improve soil quality and health.
Barrie Hill Farms is in Springwater, ON and is owned and operated by the Gervais family. Morris’ parents, Adrien and Evelyn purchased the farm back in 1968. It operated as a tobacco farm for about a decade. In the late 1970s, the Gervais family decided to foray into the world of berries. They began growing strawberries, and eventually added highbush blueberries to their offering. They now grow their highbush blueberries on over 40 acres of land and are one of the biggest highbush blueberry farms in Ontario! Barrie Hill hosts lots of great community activities – running a very popular pick your own program on site and annual harvest festivals.