Orchard Hill Farm
Orchard Hill Farm, 45415 Fruit Ridge Line, RR #5, St. Thomas ON, N5P 3S9
Orchard Hill Farm is a 93 acre organic farm powered by Suffolk Punch draft horses, established in 1979 by Ken and Martha Laing. Orchard Hill Farm is blessed with excellent soils and a spectacular view. It is located on a ridge northwest of the village of Sparta (Ontario, Canada), near the north shore of Lake Erie. Recently, their daughter Ellen Laing has moved back to the farm with her family – husband Aaron Berg and their two daughters.
The farm is tended to by Ken, Ellen and Martha Laing. Ellen is the seventh generation of her family to steward this land. Currently, the farm produces organically grown vegetables for market, grain and hay for five Suffolks, two cows and grain for La Houlette De Vie Bakery (or if you’re a local, ‘Seth’s Bread’). Ken and Martha also raise and train Suffolk horses to sell, and offer three day Draft Horse Workshops to teach people about working with horses. They aim to reduce the use of petroleum products on the farm by the use of the Draft Horse (also called Work Horse or Heavy Horse).