Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | August 15, 2017
Business Profile
Top feature photo: April Pratt of Augusta Farms says farming is a family affair. She is shown here at her booth at The Butcher Shop. At right with husband Stuart, centre, and, from left, Devin and Avah Stephenson, Ashlin and Carson Pratt. Below: Carson checks on the beets.

Above: Ashlin shares a moment with one of the family horses.


Augusta Farms offers a wide selection of preserves.




The greenhouse is overflowing.

Augusta Farms is a true family operation
NORTH AUGUSTA - April and Stuart Pratt are following a dream to give their blended family a healthy, farm upbringing while working together to build a business.

They purchased the century-plus farm at 9501 Kyle Road 8 years ago, starting off with cattle, pigs and hens while keeping their day jobs. After April's Lupus and Fibromyalgia diagnosis, the couple got out of beef farming and April started a 30x100-foot produce garden. It was a game changer. The couple quickly learned there is demand for locally-grown produce so they doubled the size of their garden. And it continues to expand.

"We just couldn't grow enough," says April. "It blows me away how much people support local produce." Today the farm has grown to include three acres of gardens and they've added a commercial-sized greenhouse. The extensive list of Augusta Farms vegetables includes leaf lettuces, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, peas and root vegetables. They've also added berries to their list of fresh offerings. Early in the season, they sell "started" herbs and veggies. Later in the season, they have cantaloupe, watermelon, large onions and sweet corn. Farm-fresh eggs are also a big seller. 

"Every year we get a little better at it," says Stuart, who comes from a cattle farming background and is a Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology (KCAT) grad.


Despite the weather, April, Stuart and their kids have been able to build their customer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) basket list up to 55. These vegetable baskets are delivered to the customer's door. "People are loving it and that makes us feel good," says April.


They offer baskets to the Augusta, Athens, Prescott and Brockville area. How does the CSA basket work? You sign up to receive a $35 basket to be delivered to your door. Vegetables are picked the same day or the day before delivery.

Augusta Farms operates a market booth at The Butcher Shop at 595 Stewart Boulevard in Brockville (County Road 29) each Wednesday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). 

Another part of the business is preserves, jams, jellies, chutney, relish, sauces and pickles, which are available at the booth and The Butcher Shop.

Learn more about this area family farm by visiting their website and Facebook page, calling them at 613-803-9782 or sending them an email. Customers have given Augusta Farms five-star ratings. The business is a proud member of Ontario Fresh and CSA Farms.
Funding Opportunities
RED program applications now being accepted
Ontario's Rural Economic Development (RED) program helps rural communities (municipalities), indigenous communities, organizations and not-for-profit groups with planning and implementation of projects.

Applicants are required to read the guidelines prior to making their application. Learn more on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website .

DEADLINE: Friday, September 29th, 5 p.m.

Workshops and Seminars

Attention Rideau Canal Tourism Stakeholders 
Rideau Canal Tourism Stakeholders are invited to a workshop to contribute input in a tourism study by BDO Canada.

Workshop discussions include:
  • What We've Heard
  • Have we missed anything?
  • Attracting Tourism Investment
WHEN: Wednesday, August 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville
COST: No fee to attend, advanced registration required

To register email by Monday, August 21 .
Preparing for MInimum Wage Increases

Hosted by the Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, this workshop will explore both financial and marketing strategies to effectively respond to the Minimum Wage increases set for October 2017, January 2018, and January 2019.

WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: Valley Heartland CFDC, 
91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls, 
COST: $25 online, $30 at the door
Introduction to Intellectual Property

This workshop provides information regarding Intellectual Property and is hosted by the Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation.

WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: Valley Heartland CFDC, 
91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls
COST: $25 online, $30 at the door
Learn more about these sessions and how to register on our Workshops and Seminars page.
Workshops and Seminars