Oliver Farm sits on 35 acres backing onto the French River which runs into the village of Tatamagouche. The farm was once a much larger mixed operation owned by Bessy Oliver, it then changed hands a few times and farming fell by the wayside until October 2009 when during a trip to the North shore of Nova Scotia, we jumped at the opportunity to buy it. Crikey, are we nuts?
A lot of paper work and a good leaving do later, we left the UK and arrived in Nova Scotia in April 2010 and registered the farm.
2011 was our first year in operation and despite a very delayed spring, somehow we managed to produce field grown fresh-cut flowers, herbs, garlic and a variety of fruit and veg using organic principles. The beauty, freshness and bold colours of the flowers were simply overwhelming so quite frankly we are hooked, who says pretty flowers have to come off the plane covered in chemicals from Colombia?
We sell principally at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's market and locally in Tatamagouche. As well as farming we are also trying to establish the property back to its former glory with the luxury (ie. insulation and upstairs bathroom) of the modern day. Being British we have a natural love of gardening and a certain expectation of our backyard so whenever we can find the time we aim to landscape the gardens to really make the most of the property inside and out. This is our big adventure!
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