Ottawa's urban farming leverages appetite for locally grown food

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By Christopher Guly, Ottawa Citizen, October 27, 2018

Neither heat-scorched drought nor record rainfall could dry up or dampen David Mazur-Goulet’s enthusiasm to be a successful urban farmer in Ottawa.

BeetBox, a one-acre co-operative farm he and two other eco-centric, sustainable-food-producing enthusiasts established last year on Davidson’s Side Road in Nepean, defied weather challenges to produce a bountiful crop of about 30 soon-to-be, certified-organic vegetables for 106 customers who paid in advance to receive weekly or biweekly baskets of fresh produce.

The urban micro-farm’s VegBox CSA (community-supported agriculture) program sold out this year, and earned Mazur-Goulet and his business partners, Jeremy Colbeck and Lise-Anne Léveillé, $38,000 in revenue in its first year of operation.