Greystead Gardens

Greystead Gardens

Dave Hamilton

Dave and Dominga operate a small farm in Denfield ON, following the principles of Elliot Coleman. They have produce all year long using traditional techniques for winter growing.

Greystead Gardens grows over 50 different vegetables and herbs, including a variety of leafy greens, root vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and so much more! Located in northwest London on one and a half acres of clay loam soil, they are a proud My Pick Verified Local Farmer®, meaning they grow 100% of the product they sell.

Dave and Dominga are inspired by the work of Eliot Coleman on season extension techniques, which means any farming method that allows a plant to be grown beyond its normal outdoor growing season. Through experimentation, Dave and Dominga are trying to determine what grows best in their soil type and microclimate, and how to grow a variety of vegetables outside of their usual outdoor growing season. “We relish the challenges and benefits of small scale organic farming from seed to harvest throughout the year. It is truly a marvel to experience 20⁰C plus temperatures inside a hoop house on a midwinter day!”

Dave and Dominga see success in growing varieties of heirloom vegetables and save seed from a portion of their harvest. “In light of changing climatic conditions, we believe maintaining biodiversity will be key to ensuring our ability to withstand all of its accompanying effects.” They believe in natural, sustainable production and use non-GMO seeds and grow without the use of artificial fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.

Now in their fourth year of operating Greystead Gardens, Dave and Dominga look forward to their weekly forays to the Farmers’ Market and love sharing recipes and trading stories with the Covent Garden Market community! You can support their farm by visiting their website where you can view a current list of available produce and place an order! If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact them by email at or by phone at 519-872-6096.