“Eating is inescapably an agricultural act, and how we eat determines, to a large extent, how the world is used.” — Wendell Berry


 It was in the midst of studying the many contents of this life altering quote, at university in Peterborough, that Jason and Marcelina met. Both wanted to dedicate their lives to healing the planet’s many hurts, and agreed that stewarding a farm into a state of productive resilience was the way for them to go about it. They found this place in Southern Ontario’s hinterland, and decided to call it home. Burdock Grove farm was established in 2008. 

This Land

The farm is situated in the traditional territory of the Saugeen people, southeast of Williamsford, in the very heart of Grey County. These are not the “prosperous” farms that lent themselves well to European derived broad-acre agriculture, much less the ever more broad-acre agriculture of today’s industrial era. There are rocks and boulders throughout the soil, which make mechanized cropping impractical. The conditions are better suited here to an agriculture where the landscape is handcrafted, its edible products destined to be consumed within the region.   

It’s a region that has been historically home to marginalized groups, whose ‘lot’ in life was to work ‘marginal’ farmland. This legacy is a tremendous strength, indeed it is our belief that key models in the development of an agriculture that can heal the planet will come from these corners of the landscape where stewards must think outside the box as a matter of course. 

If you’re curious about the name of our road:

Negro creek road is an interesting story which begs more questions than we have the answers to. This wikipedia page has been created by some folks who are doing the good work of finding these answers.