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GARDEN

Beginning in early spring, our garden begins to offer up a veritable cornucopia of fresh, organic produce that thrives throughout St. Davids’ extended and robust growing season. Early season mizuna and sprouts give way to mixed salad greens, which lead into asparagus, spring onions rhubarb and berries.

As the summer warms, hot peppers, heirloom tomatoes, patty pan squash, melons and ground cherries flourish. Followed, as the nights cool, by several varieties of harvest squash and pumpkins. What does not go directly onto the plate in sun warmed freshness is carefully preserved, allowing our table on the farm to showcase local, organically grown fruits and vegetables year round.

Along with the fresh fruits and vegetables, our farm continues to grow in other ways as well. In 2017 Ravine adopted a flock of egg producing hens led by our resident rooster Nugget, in 2019 Ravine purchased our very own greenhouse and in 2020 we adopted a Pygmy goat named Lenny! 

Laura Bitner - Gardener

Laura Bitner, Horticulturist

 

A graduate of Niagara College’s Horticulture and Ecosystem Restoration programs, Laura went on to forge a career outside of Niagara that included winning international Communities In Bloom awards and co-hosting a call-in radio show about gardening. It was returning to Niagara however that Laura found “home” at Ravine. 

Laura has been Ravine’s gardener since 2016 and right away the position captured and fulfilled not only her heart but her career too. Every year, what this small one-acre garden produces from seed provides Laura with satisfaction and contentment but taking it a step further and seeing what the Ravine kitchen does with that bounty is truly rewarding. Add in the care and company of chickens, goats and bees and it’s a dream job!