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Sustainability

We maintain a natural environment on our regenerative, sustainable farms, preserving the natural environment and working with nature to grow the tastiest fruits and vegetables possible for you!

Our farm packing facility is certified organic, solar powered and uses an innovative natural night air cooling method to reduce summer heat, and we help partner farms do the same to reduce farming's impact on the earth.

Organic

Many of our farms are certified organic to COR with the top certifying bodies for organic foods in Canada.

Recyclable Packaging

All our packaging is 100% recyclable, and we strive to find even more ways to minimize packaging for our retail products! Do you know of a packaging innovation for frozen foods, and thought, wouldn't that be great to have frozen fruits and vegetables packed that way? Tell us! We are always on the look out for innovations in packaging!

Interested in our zero waste bulk food options? Check out borealfrozenfoods.ca, our online farmer's market for frozen fruit!

Cleaning Ocean Plastic

In Partnership with CleanHub, Every purchase from Boreal Berry Farm  helps clean one million plastic bags from the oceans each year.

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Cleanhub's goal is to create a sustainable and circular economy for plastic waste, reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills or oceans. They believe that by working together, we can create a more sustainable future for our planet.

Planting Trees 

Did you planting more trees can have a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions According to a 2019 study published in the journal Science, the Earth has the potential to support a 25 percent increase in tree cover which translates to about 500 billion trees. By planting these trees, we could sequester approximately 205 billion metric tons of carbon and reduce atmospheric CO2 by an estimated 25 percent. This means that we could potentially cancel out half of all carbon emissions caused by human activity since 1960! Trees not only help reduce carbon emissions but also clean the air, filter water, and provide homes for the Earth's biodiversity. That's why we have partnered with One Tree Planted to plant 100,000 trees every year. Let's show some love for trees!

Carbon 0

We observe standards that both reduce our carbon footprint, and create carbon off-set credits through our organic and sustainable fruit orchards.

Using solar power to run many of the processes in our facilities reduces our carbon footprint. We grow switchgrass bio-fuel to heat our facilities in the winter.

Our orchards produces Carbon Credits through our Zero-Tillage Farming Practices and Nitrogen Emission Management Practices.

The challenge of building and maintaining a packing facility in the north was overcome by our unique construction technique. Our facility located right on our farm is built to LEED standards with concrete filled insulated foam blocks, allowing us to use sustainable heating and cooling systems.

We use an innovative night air cooling method to maintain temperature in the warm season without the use of cooling units. Developed in Germany, our system uses very little electricity and the natural cool air of the northern summer nights to help maintain freezer temperatures.

 

Maintaining Bee Health

As members of Partners of Pollinators, we work to protect bee colonies around the world. Partners of Pollinators promotes pollinator health helping farmers incorporate affordable, simple, science-based guidelines, like offering nutrition and habitats for bees. The program helps ensure the future of both pollinators and sustainable agriculture in North America and around the globe.

Our Boreal and Arctic berries, fruits and vegetables emerge early in the spring season, and rely on sustainable native pollinators. We provide pollinator habitats in our orchard to provide year round nourishment for our natural pollinators, such as bee homes, natural raspberry canes, and damp soil areas for overwintering bees.

 

Wildlife that Share our Orchards

Our commitment to the natural environment shows in the diversity of wildlife that makes our farms their homes. From blue mason bees, to nesting pairs of peregrine falcons and sandhill cranes, we protect our our farms' natural biodiversity by using only sustainable, earth friendly and low impact farming techniques. Harvesting is done largely by hand, we use ground cover crops and no-till soil maintenance. We are certified bee friendly and reduce our carbon impact by using natural and biodynamic farming methods. Our Orchards nestled in the spectacular Boreal forests of Northern Ontario are a migration stopover for hundreds of birds, and habitat for deer, moose, porcupines, timber wolves, ermine, endangered turtles, muskrats, beavers, and black bears. By choosing products farmed in harmony with nature, you are helping to protect natural grasslands, forests and wetland ecosystems for species at risk.

Biodynamic

Many of our farms use no outside inputs and use composting to make nutrients for the orchards, and follow biodynamic farming principles.

Biodynamic agriculture is an agricultural approach that prioritizes the interconnectedness of nature. It is a holistic and sustainable approach to farming that emphasizes enhancing the natural life processes of the environment. Biodynamic farming seeks to create self-contained farm individualities, each with its own unique identity based on the interrelationships between animals, fields, plants, meadows, orchards, forests, and wetlands. By prioritizing these interrelationships, Biodynamic farming creates a healthy farm that is capable of producing high-quality, health-giving products. This approach to agriculture offers a sustainable and regenerative alternative to conventional farming practices that often prioritize profit over environmental health. Biodynamic agriculture gaining popularity around the world as more people recognize the importance of sustainable and ethical farming practices.

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