All our fresh produce has been certified organic since 2008 and is currently certified by CSI.
3 orchards combine tree fruit with small fruits, herbs, flowers and native plants.
We strive to find a balance of hands on and hands off – allowing nature to provide some of the plants in her own good time.
Most of the soil is under permanent ground cover, with a few strips within the orchards cultivated for annuals.
We use on- farm, plant based mulches for soil and plant health as well as moisture retention.
There is a mature hedgerow that spans the north side of the farm, as well as a few hedgerow “pockets” between the orchards. In 2016 we started placing more native trees, shrubs and plants around and within the orchards. We believe abundant biodiversity strengthens the health and productivity of the fruit producing trees and shrubs.
Alex and Betty Kozowyk started farming in Flamborough in 1953. Their farm was a mix of cattle, chickens, pasture, hay fields, raspberries, vegetables for the family, and flowers for beauty and the hummingbirds. A few acres of the provincially significant, Flamborough Centre Swamp was also included in the farm.
In 2002 Pat Kozowyk and Ernst von der Kall bought a 10 acre portion of the farm. They named it Baba Link Farm, in memory of Pat’s mother, “Baba” Betty. Baba is Ukrainian for Grandmother.
The logo for the farm is based on an Ukrainian folk art design, and is a little like the Bobolink birds that sang all summer in the pasture.
Baba Link Farm is situated where Betty grew excellent raspberries, which she grew without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. She was organic, years before organic standards came into being.
Alex Kozowyk quietly smiled, occasionally shook his head at some of Pat’s experimental ideas for the farm, but always offered a tremendous amount of support and expertise.
Both Alex and Betty are dearly missed and remembered daily on this beautiful piece of land.
Apple Golden Nugget, Holstein, Melrose, Nova Spy, Redfree, Tumanga.
Blackberries Illini Hardy.
Currants Black, Pink, Red and White
Gooseberries Black Velvet, Captivator, Hinnomaki Red, Invicta, Jahns Prairie, Pixwell, Poorman Pink.
Haskaps & Honeyberries Berry Blue, Blue Belle, Borealis,Cinderella,Svetlana,Tundra.
Pear (Asian) Kenko, Taylor Apple Pear.
Pear (European) Conference, Gifford, Golden Harvest, Golden Spice, Louise Bonne, Pixie.
Plum Burbank, German, Green Gage, Italian, Shiro, Toka.
Raspberries Canby, Cuthbert Improved, Kiwi Gold, Polka.
Rhubarb Canada Red, German Wine, MacDonald, Valentine, Victoria.
Saskatoons Honeywood, Martin, Northline.
Ground Cherry Aunt Molly
Tomato Matt's Wild, Cosmonaut Volkov.
Garlic and Garlic Scapes
Mints: Apple, Peppermint, Swiss.
Parsley: Curly and Flat Leaf
Black Currant Leaf
Wild Blackberry Leaf Wild Raspberry Leaf
Wild Strawberry Leaf
Eastern Redbud Blossom
Lemon Gem Marigold
Seasonal selections from our varieties of native, non-native,herb, annual and perennial plants.
Flowers are an important part of the farm, both for plant biodiversity and pollinator health.
Inter-planted with vegetables,
some flowers deter deer and thereby avoid a great deal of crop loss. There are probably many more benefits of flower/food inter-plantings for us to discover.
Good King Henry