We are Owen Goltz and Susan Graham. Our home – Riverdale – is an 60-acre farm in the heart of the village of Inglewood, Ontario, Canada. As second-career farmers, it is our intent to embrace a lifestyle of simplicity. This includes growing the food on our table – vegetables, fruit, poultry, and pork – and having enough to share with our local community at the weekly market. It also means providing learning and awareness opportunities through summer student employment, documentary and film nights, art classes and seminars. We aim to use the horse power of our two Haflinger draft ponies more and more, and focus on using renewal resources wherever possible.
As our goal is to bring people together – for working, talking, eating, and inspiring – Riverdale is becoming a hub for education and entertainment events. From chainsaw skills and soil analysis workshops to documentary film screenings, guided yoga practices, art classes and community meals, our offerings are diverse. Our 2021 calendar will be determined on the flexibility of outdoor and social distancing as required during this time.
Committed to our health and that of our community members, we grow an array of annual and perennial vegetables and fruits with love and respect for the land we steward. Our goal is to feed the soil too, leaving it better than we found it.
Resident farmer and master arborist Owen Goltz offers consulting services in vegetable gardening and pasture management, as well as in tree and shrub care and forest management. He and our staff also offer off-farm services when time permits, including horse logging, trail construction and maintenance, woodlot management and bush hogging.
Our Prepaid Farm Account is a mutually positive relationship; we the farmers benefit by pre-selling our products and services, which allows for better planning and less waste. You the customer have a flexible, prepaid account with which you can buy or not buy our offerings weekly, choosing from a wide variety of products and services, and the most convenient times for you to pick up your fresh produce.
“To me, farming is a quest for the most intimate understanding of nature. It is an adventure of the free, enquiring spirit, which thrives not so much on answers as on the unanswered question: what is food?!”
“Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.”
“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
Owen decided in 2010 to embark on a lifetime dream of farming his own food, simply… with horses and a holistic approach.