Neither Hilary nor Nick grew up on a farm.
Nick Moore arrived to Almonte, ON in 2005 from High Wycombe, England, to attend Rosewood Studio of Fine Woodworking. Little did he know that he would meet his future wife – a farmer – and buy a farm, become an organic farmer, himself, on top of being a furniture maker! Nick has a gift for repairing, restoring and building furniture. His love of nature, physical work and learning has made the farming a natural fit in Nick’s repertoire.
After becoming interested in food politics and the concept of Community Supported Agriculture in university, Hilary found herself in Amagansett, NY, apprenticing on one of the first CSA farms in North America. That was in 1999. Hilary returned home to work on the implementation of school yard vegetable gardens in inner city Ottawa, but missed the “rush” of farming. So, she did another farm apprenticeship in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where she learned how to drive horses, as well as organic animal husbandry of sheep, goats, pigs, milk cows and vegetables. Hilary operated Teamwork CSA for 13 years, and is as convinced as ever that Community Supported Agriculture is a powerful way for us all to improve the health of our farmland and environment at large, our communities and our personal health. She started out borrowing land, eventually settling in at Dunbrae Farms in Almonte, ON, where she operated her CSA for 7 years before her and Nick bought their own farm in Lanark, ON. Today, Nick and Hilary grow vegetables for the Almonte Farmers’ Market, raise Tamworth pigs, laying hens, keep bees and their two workhorses, Winnie and Zeus. The farm is ever-evolving.
Over the years, Hilary has been involved in many projects to help facilitate a healthier food system in the area. She was involved in the formation of the Ottawa Food Security Council (renamed Just Food) and remained as the Chair for its first year. She was also involved in the design of the Ottawa Good Food Box local food procurement initiative as well as a Schoolground Greening Initiative in Ottawa. She is currently involved in the National Farmers Union and is the President of the Almonte Farmers’ Market.
Our organic produce and honey are available at the Almonte Farmers Market. If you are looking for a quality meal out on the town, we also sell our produce and pickles to the Heirloom Café in Almonte. Our organic eggs are available for sale at our farm, as well as at Dunbrae Farms in Almonte.