What We Grow

We grow and process a selection of vibrant natural dyes, including indigo. We also grow a range of 
seasonal and heirloom cut flower blooms for market. Having a diverse range of crops helps to build healthy soil and revitalize the property ecosystem. It’s all done chemical-free and by hand.

Natural dyes: Vibrant colour

A harvest basket of calendula flowers
A harvest basket of calendula flowers. Once harvested, the flowers will be dried for use as natural dyes.

We select and grow natural dye plants that produce the most lightfast and colourfast dyes and that offer the most versatile range of colours. A lightfast dye will retain its colour well after exposure to sunlight and a colourfast dye will retain its colour well after washing. Our dyes are carefully dried on site immediately after harvest to preserve quality and maximum strength of colour.

For up-to-date info on which colours are currently in stock and which are happily growing out in the field, reach out to vibrantacres@gmail.com. We will be launching an online shop this fall. In the meantime, we would be happy to send you our price list and fulfill any orders individually. If you’re searching for a specific dye or colour, we’d love to know!

Creating colour from plants combines our deep love for craft with our desire to connect with the land. The dye process requires slowing down, selecting plants, sourcing water, creating a colour bath, waiting while the goods are dyed, and hanging them on a line to dry. It is a whole process that brings with it layers of history, meaning, and connection with the local region.

Learn more about the benefits and charms of natural dyes >

Cut flowers: Classic blooms

Fresh poppies on the farmhouse table
Fresh ruffled poppies on the farmhouse table.

We grow a selection of beautiful and heirloom cut flowers for sale at local markets. We love un-fussy blooms that bring a traditional, carefree vibe to our garden farm. It’s such a joy to harvest a different selection of these fresh seasonal blooms each week for the market—and for our own table.

In addition to seeking out beautiful blooms, we love to choose flowers and herbs that give off wonderful scents. Sadly, many modern flower varieties have lost their original scent as a result of breeding for other traits and characteristics (such as their ability to ship world-wide).

Wherever possible, we choose open-pollinated seed and we’re always sure to plant a few extra beds of flowers to keep the bees and insects happy. All of our flowers are grown spray-free (no chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides).

See a gallery of our favourite bouquets from the season >

How we grow it

Growing with care for the soil, land, and creatures who share our farm.

We have been influenced by a number of different growing practices, both traditional and contemporary. We value the efficiency and organization that a bio-intensive market garden approach provides, especially for annual crops. When it comes to perennials and managing the entire farm as an ecosystem, the holistic views and guiding principles of permaculture have been most helpful.

We have a diverse farm and are working towards establishing a full system of trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials. As much as possible, we select varieties that offer year-round food and shelter for the various creatures and critters who live here with us.

For our crops, which are mostly annuals, we use a permanent bed system. This means that we build the crop beds once and then leave the soil as undisturbed as possible after the initial preparation. We nourish our soil from the top down using natural amendments such as compost, wood chips, straw, seaweed, or green manures. We manage our farm in a way that is free of chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers and are in the process of getting relevant certifications to show this.

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in—what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Hopi sunflowers in the late afternoon sun
A row of our Hopi sunflowers in the late afternoon sun. Not only do the sunflowers make wonderful cut flowers, the seed hulls make a lovely blue, purple, or grey dye.

Certifications

We are a Bee Friendly Farm, certified by the Pollinator Partnership. This means that we provide a certain amount of habitat and season-long forage for bees on our farm through flowering beneficial crop rows, hedgerows, and edge zones – in addition to our many flowering crops.

Certified Bee Friendly Farming, Pollinator Partnertship