Opinion Editorial Maintaining local food supply important in times of crisis By Mike Chromczak
Maintaining local food supply important in times of crisis By Mike Chromczak
For many Ontarians, the sight of the first locally grown asparagus is the beginning of our local food season. I’m one of the farmers behind that first field vegetable crop of the year – my wife and I have been farming near Tillsonburg for 10 years, growing asparagus that is sold in retail stores across Canada from British Columbia to Newfoundland.
Asparagus is a very labour-intensive crop to grow and we rely heavily on our team of 28 seasonal international workers from Jamaica. Most of them have been working with us since the beginning and they’re an experienced and efficient crew that are an absolutely essential part of our farm.