In May of 2014, we drove eight hours to Teeswater, Ontario to pick-up 20 small trees from The Healing Arc (wonderful and welcoming folks) then waited 2 years after they were planted to finally taste the berries. Let's just say that driving all that way was worth it!
In the years since, we’ve been able to harvest more and more berries and leaves, as well as share their incredible citrus taste and wonderfully sustainable properties with our communities.
Not only is the unique berry filled with incredible health benefits, like its impressively high concentrations of vitamin C, vitamins, carotenoids, phytosterols, and antioxidants, but the trees actually help the land it grows on by fixating nitrogen in the ground, providing habitat to insects and birds, and more.
What's a Hedgerow you ask?
Our orchard is located with a wild oasis surrounded by conventional farmland. Hedgerows are quickly disappearing in order for farmers to maximize their profits and we hope to swim against that current and help conserve and encourage native plant, animal and insect diversity. We think the Canadian Wildlife Federation sums it up best:
"Hedgerows not only provide wildlife with food and shelter directly, but also create corridors that allow wildlife to travel safely between areas of isolated habitat. Urbanization and development continue to encroach on remaining habitat."
"Hedgerows also provide an invaluable natural service, offering food and shelter to precious wildlife."
It has been a wonderful journey so far, one which grew from the passion to give back to our land and our community. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating and learning more about our small but mighty sea buckthorn berries.