Environmental Farm Facts

The farm carefully adheres to the Environmental Farm Plan for Nova Scotia which helps farmers identify and assess environmental risk on their property. Designed by the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, the EFP assesses farm activities and identifies environmental concerns related to water sources, soil management, chemical storage and wildlife habitat.

The Environmental Farm Plan process begins with an initial farm visit to acquire information on the farm and the farm's practices. A program coordinator and engineer then conduct a review of the farm to assess environmental risks. Once the review is complete, a report is presented to the farmer along with a detailed action plan for implementation. Each season, Eyking Farms works diligently to perform the necessary tasks to stay current with the EFP.

Growing Methods

Eyking Farms uses a minimal amount of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides to ensure the fertility of its soils and to protect its fields from weeds and insect predators. Use of these products is carefully monitored and controlled and must comply with rigorous Canadian farm safety standards.

Nova Scotian producers have been pioneers in integrated pest management practices – practices that focus on natural crop rotation, careful production and harvesting methods, and the development and use of insect resistant plant strains. Eyking Farms' growing methods encompass many of these practices, through the adoption of more natural production methods that help to ensure the quality of its vegetables – and the economic stability of its operations.

Ensuring Food Safety

When it comes to building a relationship of trust with its customers and clients, Eyking Farms understands the importance of maintaining high standards of food safety.

In accordance with standards mapped out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and administered through the Canadian Horticulture Council (CHC), Eyking Farms takes part in a nationally recognized On-Farm Food Safety Program (OFFSP). This program requires Eyking Farms to keep detailed records of its farm practices, monitor water quality at the farm, follow strict environmental stewardship guidelines, and train employees in safe food handling practices. The program also ensures that all of the produce that is grown at Eyking Farms can be traced through the journey from the farm, to retail outlets, and to consumers.

As a participant in the On-Farm Food Safety Program administered through the Canadian Horticultural Council, Eyking Farms is engaged in the CanadaGAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Program. The program is benchmarked to internationally recognized Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) Standards.

Production and Harvesting

Eyking Farms begins the production process in early spring, when the seeds for romaine, cabbage, turnips and other major crops are planted into trays the farm greenhouses. Typically, the seedlings take between four to six weeks to develop before they are ready to be distributed by a mechanized transplanting process to various fields.

As various fields come into season, harvesting takes place through mid-July to late October. Throughout the growing season, family members and Eyking Farms staff work tirelessly to ensure that vegetables are harvested at the peak of their freshness, before being shipped to retailers.