PRIDE IN THE PROCESS
Here at heritage harvest, our organic farm is a vertically integrated system from tilling the land and planting the seeds and providing the crops with good soil. Mother nature provides the sun and rain alongside our use of organic nutrients and weed control to give a nutrient rich grain that we harvest and store in dry secure bins until it is time to be cleaned, sorted, and ready to be moved to the flour mill building. At the mill it is ground into whole wheat flour package ready for delivery to bakeries, chefs, stores, and consumers (nothing added, nothing removed). This is a way of farming where you can produce the plants you want on the land you have sustainably in a biological system that is working together, organically growing heritage wheat varieties and biodiverse crops which contributes to a stronger food security system. It's quality over quantity.
We see our product through from seed to table
Soil Improvement and Sustainability
Our soil is a sandy-loam mixture, very light in texture. We have adjusted our soil tillage best suited to these conditions limiting tillage ahead of the air-seeder. We find that this procedure is quite effective for the tine-weeding operation. In the fall we do not leave any soil exposed to the elements because of the chinook conditions and wind erosion. An on-farm made compost tea with other organic products (material) are applied to the soil and foliar. This forms the basis of our soil sustainability program. We do soil sampling analysis to establish a baseline soil composition. Samples are taken annually from several locations in each field and sent to a laboratory where a thorough analysis is conducted.
MILLING ON THE FARM
Traditional Stone Mill
After much research, we have renovated our milling operation and have installed a stone mill imported from Denmark to provide our customers with a traditional stone ground product. Slow grind, no heat, stone to stone grind. The stones are the difference, quarried from the same location for the past 200 years (not high-speed machine cracked and finished by stone grinding).
Fit to Purpose
Special fit-for-purpose machinery is built in our farm shop for use in the operation. An air-seeder has been modified to 10 inch shank spacing with quad-shoot seed boots that broadcast the seed over an area rather than the traditional single row planting. This seeding method is proving to be very successful in establishing an early seed emergence and ground cover canopy for weed control. A custom built tine-weeder based on European technology is used to deal with any weed emergence. The tine-weeding is done within 3 or 4 days of seeding and again in about 7 to 10 days if necessary.