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Keeping the Bad Bugs Away

It takes a lot of extra time, labour and materials in order to keep the bugs away using Certified by Pro-Cert methods. But organic farmers know it's worth it to contribute to a healthy ecosystem and healthier food options.

Do you ever wonder what methods organic farmers like Cookstown Greens use to protect their crops from bugs? As you might expect we do not kill them with harmful sprays. Instead, we take it back to basics using the following methods. 

Row Covers at Cookstown Greens

Row Covers

Just like your screen door protects you from the bugs while you're inside the house,  we use a similar method to protect our organic veggies from leaf eating critters. After every seeding or transplanting of susceptible vegetables, such as organic leafy greens, broccoli, or salad radish, we cover these crops with special cloth. 

Sometimes the bugs outsmart us and a few may find their way in for a snack, (just like those pesky mosquitoes) but I think I speak for many when I say I'm quite alright finding a few holes here and there in my organic arugula, considering the alternative. 

Learn more about why you might see bug holes in your leafies. 

Beneficial Insects

In the winter, there aren't as many predatory bugs to worry about so we can use a different method of keeping them from eating our organic greens and flowers. We place beneficial insects in clusters around the greenhouse and they prove themselves by eating those damaging bugs. Tit for tat! 

Handpicking

Ugh!!! I know! For small insects, like the Colorado potato beetle - ok I can handle it.  But show me a 4" long x 3/4" fat, green horn worm on our tomatoes that literally shakes with anger when bothered - it creeps me out a little!  They are cleverly camouflaged and can defoliate your beautiful plants before you even know they're there so keep your eye out. The hunt is on!

Hookworms

Farm. Fresh. Flavour.

Experience our farm-fresh flavour when you pickup your produce directly from our farm, located one hour north of Toronto in beautiful Essa Township. 

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