About Us

"We must face tomorrow together with determination, joy, and bravery."

- Mr. Magorium

Collective Joy Farm seeks to grow and create beautiful food, inspire joy, and lovingly educate and collaborate on ways to increase access to the freshest food.

Since 2014, we have grown microgreens, herbs, edible flowers, and other produce - and we have been transforming this nutritious produce into our fresh juices and plant-based specialty items.    

We now have an open access indoor farm at 26 Charles Street South in beautiful Gananoque, Ontario where we grow, make, and sell our products.  

Our hope is that our new space will inspire joy and curiousity - and become a successful site for learning how to grow sustainable, nutrient-dense food virtually anywhere!  

We offer in-store and online shopping, curbside pick up, and delivery every Sunday.  You can also find us at the Memorial Centre Farmers' Market in Kingston and the Gananoque Farmers' Market.

Visit us!  

Enjoy a fresh herbal tea and view our amazingly productive grow space!  Browse our shop featuring our fresh products alongside other beautiful products from farmers and artisan makers throughout our region. Come and take part in a fun, experience-based workshop and leave with skills you can put right to use.

Why Vertical Farming?  Why Microgreens?

We believe that vertical farming and nutrient-dense microgreens have important roles to play now in the the future of food.

In our climate-controlled indoor farm we grow our microgreens vertically on racks under LED grow lights where they thrive in an efficient system that uses very little water.  We use organic seed, organic growing medium, and no herbicides or pesticides.  The result is very high productivity in a small area, and the ability to produce beautiful, vitamin and mineral rich greens right in the community where they will be eaten, year-round.  

This is a winning formula with no long supply chains, or produce sitting on shelves losing nutrient value - simply the freshest, top quality young greens, in your neighbourhood.  

We can even harvest for you on demand - simply come on in - and bring your own container for zero waste!  It really does not get any fresher than this!

Why Microgreens?

Microgreens are the very young shoots of vegetables and herbs, which we harvest when they are 10-21 days old depending on variety.  To the delight of all, these delicate young greens taste just like the vegetables or herbs they are and come in a vast array of flavours, textures, and colours.  They look beautiful on the plate and compliment every dish. 

In addition to being beautiful and delicious, they are also a highly nutritious food source, and are increasingly being recognized in scientific literature as a valuable functional food source.  

Microgreens are rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C), minerals (such as copper and zinc), and phytochemicals that act as antioxidants in the body (Zhang et al).

Increasingly, studies are showing that microgreens as functional food are not only nutritious, but beneficial to human health with a role to play in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.  Research in this area is ongoing, and very exciting (Zhang et al and Choe et al).

A recent Science Daily article titled "Small but Mighty:  Microgreens have gone from Trendy Vegetables to Functional Food" says it all!

At Penn State University, a team of international researchers even point to microgreens grown in indoor systems as relevant to global events like disrupted supply chains and circumstances related to climate change in a study titled "Food Resilience in the Face of Catastrophic Global Events".

Microgreens are truly a valuable food source now and have great potential for the future.  For those wishing to learn more, many more studies and articles can be viewed here.

We are pleased to be able to offer this incredible, tasty, nutrient dense food source to our community year-round.

Our Team

Tammara Maher

Tammara loves every part of growing food and has found it to be truly empowering and inspirational work over the past 15 years.  She also loves sharing her skills and experience to help others feel the beautiful and purposeful joy that comes from growing healthy food.       

Susanna Davis - Outdoor Farm Site Partner

We could not be more thrilled to have Susanna Davis - registered nurse, chartered herbalist, and holistic health consultant at Willowood Health - offer to share her beautiful property, wisdom and experience with us as well as collaborate with us  at her outdoor grow site.  Her love and intimate knowledge of her property and her expertise in herbs and natural healthcare are invaluable gifts to us.  With Susanna's lead, this seasons' outdoor edible flowers, herbs, and fresh produce are sure to be our finest yet.

Join us!  

Our mission is to increase access to the freshest food, in our own unique way. If this resonates with you - join us!  If you want to get involved, we would love your ideas, feedback, and creativity as we move forward.  

Right now we are seeking collaborators interested in providing skill-sharing workshops, producers with unique and high quality local food and beverages, a team member to help customers in the shop and at farmer's markets, and anyone interested in getting involved with our urban farm!  Get in touch today - we want to hear from you!