The Farm - Our Story

Our Story

The Farm

Roots Down Organic Farm was started in 2005 by Jeff and Sue Klug. 

The Farm is located north of Gananoque, near Seeley’s Bay, in the heart of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. Here, five eco-regions merge with the highest per acre biodiversity in all of Canada.

Our fields were first cleared in the 1850’s and have been farmed ever since. We are reminded of this history by the many horseshoes we find in the fields, the ancient equipment we find in the treelines, and the remains of the old homestead and barn. In 1972, the farm was purchased by the Jones family, who over the years planted more than 10,000 trees. Through their efforts, what was once one large cornfield has become many small fields surrounded by forest, the perfect balance between farm and nature. This balance allows us  to grow amazing food, and provide habitat for threatened species such as black rat snakes and blandings turtles. With each passing year, we continue to be amazed at the number of different plants and animals who call this farm their home.

Through the years, the farm has also provided many people with opportunities to learn about sustainable agriculture. When we first started, we saw the farm primarily as a way of providing for our own living. As Roots Down continues to grow, we are beginning to appreciate that the farm is contributing to the local community by providing employment opportunities in sustainable agriculture.