Four Seasons Farm

Located in Maitland, Four Seasons Farm is operated by good friends Owen Roberts and Sina Wagner. Owen grew up on the farm – which his parents started in 1992. After university, some world traveling and a bit of WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) throughout the world – Europe, United States, Canada and the Middle East to be exact – Owen, along with Sina, purchased Four Seasons in the summer of 2012.

Growing up in Germany, Sina worked as a cabinet maker and in the TV business – however – she wanted a change. And with that, she travelled to Canada and began as a WWOOFer on Four Seasons Farm – the rest as they say, is history.

“Needless to stay, I got hooked,” Sina explained. “We’re now in our sixth year of business.”

With a name like Four Seasons, people often wonder if they actually farm for all four seasons.

“Although we have ten greenhouses, which we use for perennial herbs and to extend the season into the early spring and late fall, in our fourth season – winter – we cultivate rest,” Owen added. “Winter is also time to reflect on the past and plan for the next season, to work on maintenance and repairs on the farm, to find workers, and to sell produce as we work toward a bigger variety and volume of storage crops.”

At Four Seasons their main focus is salad – a plate ready mix of up to 80 varieties of lettuce and greens, as well as arugula, shoots and herbs. Here they also grow a variety of vegetables for the main summer season; chard, fennel, kale, zucchini, tomatoes and turnips. But that’s not all! They are also growing their capacity for storage vegetables for the winter months such as; garlic, onions, shallots, beets, carrots and squash.

“Our ability to grow and package organic vegetables that last a long time in your fridge and pantry is labour intensive,” they explained. “Our workforce includes skilled workers, full-year interns who focus on learning by doing, and a few local part-time workers for harvest days. We always have workers living at the farm, we share a farmhouse and the chores that come with it.”

Four Seasons sells their produce to restaurants, hotels and stores in Halifax and Dartmouth, as well as at the Halifax Historic Brewery Market every Saturday from May to December and into the colder winter months.

This will be Four Seasons Farm’s second year participating in Open Farm Day!

“After last years good turnout, we’re excited to show more people our place,” Owen mentioned.

Owen and Sina decided to participate because they like to educate people about farming. They believe it’s important for everyone to know where their food comes from, and what it takes to grow it and get it to their dinner tables.

“Encouraging a healthy local economy and connecting people to their food source us something we’re passionate about,” they agreed.

“It’s also important to show people diversity,” Sina added. “As an organic farm we are naturally diversified in our crops and therefore in our revenue streams.”

Visitors can partake in guided or self-guided tours of the farm, there will also be activities for kids, a salad buffet and a farm meal for hungry visitors! As well as a market stand with produce for purchase.

Did you know: their preferred way of cooking is the Schwenker? If you don’t know what that is, come check it out – they may heat it up on Open Farm Day!

What’s Owen and Sina’s favourite part about Open Farm Day?

“Showing visitors a peek behind the scenes on the farms they support, and seeing their interest in how their food is produced. We also enjoy showing them how we do things differently compared to conventional farms.”

Four Seasons Farm can’t wait to see you on September 16th!

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