Northwood Vegetables is a small mixed vegetable and fruit farm rooted in community building and ecological practices. Comprised of duo Allison Taylor & Stephen Kocski our farming adventure at Northwood began in 2020 and draws its inspiration from tending to the land and connecting with the communities that support the farm and its vision.
We believe good food is grown together.
Northwood Vegetables came into existence when Northwood Farm landowners and friends, Christina and Ian King offered to share land and lease part of the garden space and former vegetable operation. In a world where small family farms are now few and far between along with tricky land access, this proved to be a way forward in creating a more sustainable, model of agriculture and way of life.
After experiencing life as farmers and home gardeners in an urban context, Allison & Stephen decided to follow their dreams of living on the land with friends and took to the task of growing delicious veggies for their local communities.
Since the inaugural year of the partnership, Northwood Vegetables continues to learn and be supported by the teachings of the land. Our curiosity in learning how to grow great produce continues to fuel us. This includes trialing new varieties for maximum taste, with a focus on producing high quality, nutrient dense food. The farm uses minimal tillage practices (such as preparing and cultivating the land with hand tools) along with organic amendments and inputs.
Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
What we grow
- Onions (green & bulb)
- Swiss Chard
- Winter Squash
Fruit & Other
- Seedling starts
*Though we hope to grow all that is listed above, it is subject to change due to the growing/seasonal conditions of mother nature. Thank you for understanding! *
Looking for garlic? Check out the Northwood Farm page for more info!
Where to Buy/Shop
Saskatoon, Hafford, Blaine Lake & area!
* NEW THIS YEAR:
Restaurants & Retail
Are you a retailer or restaurant interested in getting our produce? We would love to partner with you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We attend the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market a few select times throughout the season. In a brand new location, there are so many wonderful vendors to shop from and support!
Volunteer with us!
Interested in work/trade or volunteer oppourtunities? Email us!
About the Farmers
Allison began farming in 2013 after discovering her passion for building community around growing food. This led her to spend many years on the road travelling near and far to learn from others who also found their calling through this field of work. Eventually, her heart began to yearn for home and she found her way to Saskatchewan to set down some roots.
During that time, she continued her focus on vegetable growing in Moose Jaw, SK working with and under the mentorship of Keri Fox (Owner of Green Sister Gardens Urban Farm). After an opportunity arose to farm alongside her friends on the piece of land she longed to escape to from the city, she decided to make the move. Allison is eternally grateful to the numerous farms/farmers she has learned from over the years and thanks them for leading her to where she is now. When she isn’t farming you can find her spending time in the great outdoors, working on design projects and enjoying the beauty of life as it is (chocolate almonds in tow).
Having family roots in farming, Stephen became passionate about learning how to grow vegetables in his late teens. Wanting to dive deeper into the ins and outs of plant growth, he shifted his focus to experimenting with fruit trees and other exotic plants. Stephen became captivated by the challenge of growing sub tropical varieties in a temperate climate. He loves to share his optimism and knowledge about this passion. His love for growing food is reflected in the kitchen; he has spent the last number of years working in the restaurant industry as an excellent cook.
In 2018 he met Allison at the Moose Jaw Homegrown Market. From there, the two formed a bond over kombucha, food growing (and eating) and of course learning more about vegetable farming.