Organic and Biodiverse

Organic and Biodiverse

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An Experiemnt in Naturual Farming

 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. 


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History of the Kozowyk Family Farm

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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.

Fruits, Herbs & Flowers

Fruit

Haskaps almost ready to pick

Perennial Fruit

Apple Golden Nugget, Holstein, Melrose, Nova Spy, Redfree, Tumanga.
Blackberries Illini Hardy.
Sour Cherries

Currants Black, Pink, Red and White

Gooseberries Black Velvet, Captivator,  Hinnomaki Red, Invicta, Jahns Prairie, Pixwell, Poorman Pink.

Grape Wild

Haskaps & Honeyberries Berry Blue, Blue Belle, Borealis,Cinderella,Svetlana,Tundra. 

Mulberry 

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.
Annual Fruit:

Ground Cherry Aunt Molly

Melon

Tomato Matt's Wild, Cosmonaut Volkov.

Herbs

Stinging Nettles

CULINARY HERBS

Basil

Cilantro

Chives 

Dill

Garlic and Garlic Scapes

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Mints: Apple, Peppermint, Swiss.

Lovage

Oregano

Parsley: Curly and Flat Leaf

Sage: Common

Sorrel: Garden

Stinging Nettle

Sweet Cicely

Thyme.

TISANE HERBS

Black Currant Leaf

Elderflower

Lemon Balm

Mints

Mulberry Leaf

Stinging Nettle

Wild Blackberry Leaf Wild Raspberry Leaf

Wild Strawberry Leaf

Yarrow 

Flowers

Borage flowers

EDIBLE FLOWERS

Borage

Calendula

Eastern Redbud Blossom

Lavender

Lemon Gem Marigold

Nasturtium

Rose Petals

Violet

Wood Sorrel

Zucchini Blossom


CUT FLOWERS

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.

Toka plums

Sweet Cicely



Collecting Rose Petals

3 varieties of Jerusalem Artichoke

Vegetables

Perennial

Fiddle Heads

Good King Henry

Jerusalem Artichoke



Annual

Beans

Pumpkin

Squash