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About the Series:
Sowing Seeds, Reaping Profit is a series of seven case studies featuring innovative Ontario farmers with non-traditional backgrounds. It shares practical production tips, innovative marketing approaches and creative ways to successfully negotiate the myriad challenges that new farmers face in their start-up years and beyond.
Achim Mohssen-Beyk – Reachview Farm and Quinte Organic Farmers Co-op
“I am a mechanical engineer, and I worked for a couple of years in Germany, then I started my own landscaping company. Seven years ago, I decided to come here to Canada to do some farming. Ideally, we wanted to be self-sufficient. We’re not striving towards making big money. We want to save the land and produce good quality food. For me, it’s more important than the money.”
Quinte Organic Farmers Co-op started three years ago at an EFAO meeting. There were around 25 farmers talking about how to market products. We are halfway between Toronto and Ottawa, and there are basically no markets here. Each of us was going to Toronto and the journey ate up all of our profit. ‘So,’ we said, ‘we have to do something to be able to market together, to make it feasible. If we work together and put our produce together, then we can share all the costs.’ I think the co-op is my biggest achievement – being part of it.”