FarmLINK Feature Profile
Andrews' Scenic Acres - March 2010
Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity for New Farmers!
Farm owners Bert and Lauraine Andrews plan to retire from production agriculture and close their farm business this year, and are offering new farmers access to their land and markets during this season and in years to come (see *** below).
Located just north of Milton alongside the Niagara Escarpment and the Greenbelt, Andrews' Scenic Acres has catered to local food markets by growing high-value crops, developing value-added products and pursuing direct sales to consumers in the Greater Toronto Area. The pick-your-own farm is best known for its strawberries, raspberries, high-bush blueberries, sweet corn, pumpkins and flowers. Produce is sold at the farm store and at nine farmers' markets. Known for its award-winning fruit wines, the Scotch Block Winery, also located on the farm, incorporates many of the berries grown on site. The farm also boasts a large agri-education program, attracting 20,000 elementary students annually.
There is immense opportunity at Andrews' for new farmers to access land, established perennial crops, markets and clientele, and build on 30 years of innovation. There is some flexibility in arrangements that could be made between the Andrews and new farmers; any number of scenarios and creative agreements could accommodate new farmers' diverse interests and production needs. Sale and lease options exist for use of the land itself on acreage as small as 1/2 acre or more. Business partnerships with Andrews' Scenic Acres could open up market access to new farmers as well during the 2010 season.
Some possible scenarios:
Andrews' Scenic Acres has a tractor and plough that could be made available for use by new farmers, given the necessary insurance is provided. There may be irrigation capacity on the land as well.
For more information on Andrews' Scenic Acres, visit:
Bert Andrews can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (905) 691-2672.