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Britannia Backyard Edibles is a start-up urban farming project set to launch in Spring 2015.
33 backers pledged CA$ 1,123 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! My name is Madeleine Maltby and growing food is my passion. In 2015 I hope to turn my passion into a living. The idea of developing my own urban farm began while working on a local organic vegetable farm with the idea of bringing food and community together. Britannia Backyard Edibles is a neighbourhood feeding a neighbourhood. Fresh (non-certified) organic vegetables are grown in the backyards of Britannia Village and surrounding area and are harvested and distributed through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) within the community. Next year, I will "kickstart" the project with five backyards and a 10-12 member CSA. While the growing space is now acquired, getting the business to take root and start growing still requires lots of hard work, careful planning, and support.

Veggies grown in Britannia Village
Veggies grown in Britannia Village

In order for Britannia Backyard Edibles to be successful in its first season, I need your help! The funds that you donate to this project will help with these things:

  • Purchasing seeds and transplants
  • Purchasing an Earthway precision garden seeder for direct seeding
  • Renting a walk-behind tractor to prep beds in the spring
  • Purchasing drip irrigation systems for each of the backyards

If more than the $1000 goal is raised, the money will be used for:

  • Materials for distributing CSA shares - this includes a folding table, rubbermaid bins, cold storage, a scale and signage.
  • A broadfork - a wonderful tool to use for minimal tillage of the land
  • Row cover and cold frame materials - these help greatly in getting spring crops in earlier and extending the growing season. More time = more veggies!

In addition to Britannia Backyard Edibles, I also grow heritage varieties of garlic with a friend just outside of Tweed, ON. This fall we planted triple the amount in hopes to take our garlic growing venture to the next level. Sara Pishva of Top Shelf Preserves has been a huge support and has been using our garlic in her products. I have included some of her tasty treats in the rewards sections along with our beautiful and delicious garlic.

Garlic scape harvest 2014
Garlic scape harvest 2014

I hope you enjoy and thank you so, so much! Any contribution is incredibly appreciated! 

Peas and Lovage,

Madeleine Maltby

Owner, Britannia Backyard Edibles

Risks and challenges

Farming is not easy work. Although I feel confident in the my growing experience, there are many risks associated with this project. Most farmers have to deal with and problem solve around many uncontrollable forces such as weather, time (or lack thereof), pests and many more surprises that come with working with mother nature.

Although these risks are real I am confident that my skills, knowledge, and experience will help navigate and adapt the inevitable challenges ahead.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $7

    Receive a lovely “thank you” shout out on the BBE Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    A unique card featuring a farm-inspired photo, and a handwritten thank you note. PLUS a shout out on social media.

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    Receive a jar of Top Shelf Preserves Spicy Pickled Carrots made with heritage organically grown garlic. So delicious! Also included is a photo card and note. PLUS a shout out on social media.

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    A screen printed market tote bag. Be stylish while you shop for your veggies! PLUS a photo card and a shout out on social media.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $74

    ½ pound of heritage organically grown garlic. PLUS a photo card and a shout out on social media.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $149

    ½ pound of heritage organically grown garlic, a jar of Top Shelf Preserves Pickled Garlic Scapes. PLUS a photo card and a shout out on social media.

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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $223

    One week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. A box of the most amazingly fresh, lovingly grown veggies for your belly. If you don't live anywhere near Ottawa, donate it to someone who does or I can donate it to a local food bank! PLUS a photo card and a shout out on social media.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $372

    One week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. A box of the most amazingly fresh, lovingly grown veggies for your belly. If you don't live anywhere near Ottawa, donate it to someone who does or I can donate it to a local food bank! PLUS everything that has been listed above just to show how much your support is appreciated. THANK YOU!

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