we are lovers of fine food
Yes, we’re farmers, but first and foremost we are lovers of healthy, nutritious food. Our goal is to change the way people know food by providing the highest quality of produce that’s local and organically grown.
We started our aquaponics farm in early 2018 out of a love of food and healthy living. We recognize the importance of eating organically grown produce that is non-GMO and pesticide free, so we imagined back40growers as a state-of-the-art indoor controlled environment farm centrally located near our home in Burlington, Ontario.
From farm to table, all year long
We grow consistently flavourful vegetables, micro greens, herbs, berries and specialty items that are fresh-picked daily. Our produce is just as bright and crisp in February as it is in June.
support local farmers,
reduce environmental impacts
We’re passionate about supporting local businesses and locally grown food. Well before back40growers launched, our family always went to great lengths to buy local. We like supporting local growers, eating healthy and reducing environmental impacts.
Did you know that the average meal travels 1,200 kilometres from farm to plate? Grapes from Chile and garlic from China can hardly be called fresh. After an odyssey of several weeks on trucks, ships and more trucks, produce may still be good looking and well-preserved, but fresh it’s not.
Food grown close to consumption is not only fresher—it incurs fewer transport emissions and requires less refrigeration. But food miles only make up a portion of a food item’s carbon footprint. The way that food is grown accounts for about 80 percent of its impact. That’s huge!
most sustainable practice on earth
Over the course of 12 months in 2016//2017, the Government of Canada’s Nutrition North Canada program subsidized the cost of groceries air-shipped to far northern communities to the tune of $69,670,235. Over 1/3 of that cost went to subsidizing perishable fruits and vegetables.
Ancient Egypt farmed using aquaponics at the banks of the Nile river. Southeast Asia has been farming rice this way for millennia.
Aquaponics is the ultimate in sustainability.
It uses aquaculture, or fish farming, to provide nutrition for vegetable crops. The only inputs are sustainably sourced fish food, filtered air, filtered water, and light.
Discover how aquaponics provides optimal flavour, optimal nutrition, and minimizes carbon inputs.