The Farm

Eyking Farms is made up of approximately 212 acres spread over 17 different fields within the Millville -- Boularderie Island region.

Having a variety of small holdings gives Eyking Farms the flexibility to maintain a natural cycle of crop rotation -- and to keep a careful eye on the individual crops that are coming on stream during the summer and fall months.

Because of its northerly location, the growing season in Millville, Cape Breton arrives later than in other major agricultural regions in Nova Scotia. This gives Eyking Farms an opportunity to extend the season for locally grown produce to its retail clients and customers.

While romaine lettuce is Eyking Farms' primary crop, the farm also produces iceberg lettuce, carrots, cabbage, rutabaga, cauliflower, mixed leaf lettuce, and celery. The clay soil of Boularderie Island is particularly well suited to growing romaine, turnips, and cabbage crops -- and the region's climate is distinguished by warm sunny days throughout the growing season months, followed by cooler evening temperatures.

The Green Atlantic Facility

In July 2010, Eyking Farms opened the doors to its new Green Atlantic value-added facility. This new facility is allowing the farm to meet retail demand for fresh, locally grown and packaged romaine hearts. The debut of Green Atlantic three-pack romaine hearts onto store shelves at Sobeys and Loblaws (Atlantic Superstore, No Frills) is the beginning of what the Eyking's hope will be a successful venture into supplying consumers with value-added fresh vegetable products.

Design of the facility began in early January 2010, after project financing from the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture's Strategic Infrastructure Fund was secured and loan approvals were negotiated with Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation. The facility represents a major investment in value-added processing in Cape Breton and includes state of the art conveyance, sorting, bagging, and packaging equipment and new vacuum cooling facilities.

Eyking Farm's worked closely with Sobeys and Loblaws to secure Atlantic Canadian markets for its bagged romaine product – and they are also providing support for partnered marketing activities.

Construction of the facility created significant new employment opportunities for local contractors, and the project has also paid dividends to Cape Breton engineering firms and local building supply operators. Much-needed local jobs were also created this summer at the facility for seasonal workers. The construction of the facility alone has created more than $1 million worth of economic benefit to the Cape Breton region.