WHO ARE WE?

YOUR LOCAL FARM

We are Owen Goltz and Susan Graham. Our home – Riverdale – is an 80-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.

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WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

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 2016 calendar is just starting to grow!

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THINGS TO EAT

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. On occasion we raise happy, healthy poultry and pork too. Join the farm as a member, or buy from us at the Inglewood Market!

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SERVICES & CONSULTING

Resident wannabe redneck 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.

BECOME A RIVERDALE MEMBER TODAY!

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.

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Hard-working, food-loving souls

Meet Your Farmers

Owen Goltz

Owen Goltz

Farmer, Master Arborist

Owen decided in 2010 to embark on a lifetime dream of farming his own food, simply… with horses and a holistic approach. He’s our resident redneck, wannabe (and very talented) farmer.

Susan Graham

Susan Graham

Artist, Healer, Dancer, Farmer

Skilled in many healing arts and a committed local volunteer, Susan is passionate about Riverdale’s market and edible flower gardens, animal husbandry, and her family, friends, and community.

Adam Bartley

Farmer

Adam is a rad guy with an even radder tractor who’s been a part of Riverdale’s endeavours for many years. Find him tearing up the hills around Inglewood on a bike, a board, or some farm equipment.

Ayva Cowell

Creative Director

Ayva is a writer, designer, photographer, yoga teacher, and budding farmer who is devoted to the health of the community (in every way) and the cleanliness, security, and deliciousness of our food!

BECOME A RIVERDALE READER TODAY!



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Thanksgiving In The Woods

Thanksgiving In The Woods

I hope you all had a great and safe Thanksgiving. At the last minute on Friday, Sue and I packed up and headed north to the Kearney area for our annual Thanksgiving dinner in the woods with Balzan Family. Out of the last 10 years, we have missed just one. The weather forecast was poor…

A Fishing Trip With Dad

A Fishing Trip With Dad

When I was 16, my dad took me on trip to Swayze River. I had just bought a 1969 Dodge Van with a Slant Six 225 motor. The motor was right beside you in the cab. It was a working project. I paid $500.00 for it. I thought it was a deal… my parents weren’t…

Chickens Don’t Like To Be Counted

Chickens Don’t Like To Be Counted

The last days of summer have been quite warm. I am back to watering. The beans are still growing, the new lettuces are excellent, the popcorn is huge, and the parsnips look amazing. 90% of the planting is completed with the exception of a few cold-growing lettuces. So thing are good. Plus my pasture chickens…

Invasion Of The Emilys

Invasion Of The Emilys

My older brother has sent Sue and I his 14-year old daughter and her friend – both named Emily – from Los Angeles, California, USA. They arrive Monday and are here to work on the farm. I think. I haven’t seen Emily much in those 14 years – maybe a handful of times. So it…

Up A Tree Without A Rope

Up A Tree Without A Rope

August is knocking on our doors. Last week’s rain was great, except that it washed away all my new tender lettuces. Any seeds not covered have floated away and are now growing everywhere. That’s life as a farmer. Not enough rain, or too much rain, too fast. So greens maybe become limited in the next…

Safer in a tree?

Safer in a tree?

Well it’s hot and dry, and I think the heat is finally getting to me. Sue said it should be safer for me to grow vegetables instead of hanging in a tree by a rope 60 plus feet up. Growing veggies, she said, you are working six inches from the ground instead – less chance…

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