A Family Farm Tradition Since 1899
Highwood Crossing refers to a shallow portion of the Highwood River that runs beside our heritage family farm. In the early days, before there were bridges or paved roads, travelers would cross at this narrow portion of the river… hence the name “Highwood Crossing”.
When Penny and I switched to sustainable organic farming methods in 1989, we were actually returning to agricultural practices that were similar in many ways, to those used on this same farm by my great-grandfather nearly 100 years earlier. This meant no toxic chemicals or pesticides; a small carbon footprint; crop rotations to help control weeds and pests; and growing our own “green-manure” legume crops that fix nitrogen and are then ploughed-down to improve soil health and fertility.
“We’re honoured to be able to live on this heritage family-farm and produce great tasting, rich in nutrients, healthy organic food without the use of toxic chemicals”.
– Tony & Penny Marshall
The world has changed in many ways since the days when my great-grandfather and grandfather lived on and worked this land, yet our commitment to growing good, clean food remains the same. Today our farm, crops and food products are organic by design rather than by default and we are still 100% committed to sustainable agriculture growing only organic, non-GMO crops such as wheat, rye, flax, oats, barley, peas, hay, and sweet clover.
Organic Food Production And Processing In Action Calgary Telus TV production spotlight on Highwood Crossing Foods.
Highwood Crossing has been fortunate to be presented with varied awards and distinctions.
We were given an “Innovation in Agriculture Award” from Growing Alberta.
We were presented with an “Alberta Century Farm & Ranch Award” for 100 years of family farming on the original family homestead. That same year, Highwood Crossing was recognized with a “Habitat Steward Award” for our efforts to maintain and enhance the habitat for the fish and wildlife resources of Alberta.
Catherine Caldwell won 1st Place at the “Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship” in Scotland with her specialty porridge recipe using our organic Steel-Cut Oats.
A panel of Canada’s top chefs and food professionals named Highwood Crossing one of the “Best Artisan Food Producers in Canada” for the ACE Bakery Artisan Incubator project.
In their 2014 spring edition, Avenue Magazine listed Highwood Crossing Organic Granola as one of the “Twenty Best Things to Eat” in Calgary.
In May 2014, we were honoured to be named “Canadian Food Heroes“ at the national Slow Food Canada conference in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.
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