Lo­cal or­ganic farm ded­i­cated to grow­ing a health­ier com­mu­nity

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - 3355 Golf Club Road, Bin­brook Email: info@par­adis­e­fields.ca www.par­adis­e­fields.ca

With study af­ter study prov­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween diet and health, the old say­ing, ‘eat an ap­ple a day to keep the doc­tor away’ rings truer to­day than ever be­fore. It is this be­lief in the power of or­ganic foods to heal and sus­tain peo­ple’s health that in­spired founder, Mario Roque to start a nu­tri­ent dense or­ganic op­er­a­tion, named Par­adise Fields, on his 64-acre prop­erty in Bin­brook, On­tario.

In 2015, the 71-year-old re­tiree was in­spired to do some­thing to im­prove the health of the Hamil­ton com­mu­nity where he lived and worked as a home­builder for more than forty years. He be­gan Par­adise Fields with a test gar­den plot last year. To­day, it has 4000 ap­ple trees, 90 pear trees, a straw­berry and rasp­berry patch, and four acres of 50 dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles in­clud­ing heir­loom toma­toes as well as ex­otics, such as maca root.

The key to grow the most nu­tri­tious fruits and veg­eta­bles pos­si­ble, ex­plains Roque, is by rem­iner­al­iz­ing the farm’s soil in which its plants grow. The en­riched con­tent in the soil is then ab­sorbed by the plants to cre­ate fruits and veg­eta­bles that are sub­stan­tially more nu­tri­tious than those sold at a typ­i­cal gro­cery store. Brian Tammi, the farm manger for Par­adise Fields, ap­plies his ex­per­tise from 10 years of or­ganic farm­ing to over­see the process.

“Most soils con­tain only ten to twenty min­er­als,” ex­plains Roque. “Our soil con­tains all 92 of the world’s known min­er­als and trace min­er­als, which then get ab­sorbed in the pro­duce we grow.”

The two in­gre­di­ents added to de­velop this en­riched soil are sea­wa­ter and B.C. glacial rock dust. Fur­ther­more, the farm’s soil was re­cently sent to a U.S.-based lab to learn how to in­crease the Brian Tammi, Farm Man­ager, Par­adise Fields soil’s vi­ta­min and phy­tonu­tri­ent con­tent, as well.

“What we are achiev­ing is the best pos­si­ble nutri­tion in the or­ganic fruits and veg­eta­bles them­selves,” says Roque. “And soil is the foun­da­tion of that process.”

The ben­e­fits of con­sum­ing foods with sub­stan­tially more nu­tri­ents than the typ­i­cal gro­cery store pro­duce are plenty, ac­cord­ing to Roque. The com­pany web­site ex­plains that the av­er­age hu­man body con­tains ap­prox­i­mately four tril­lion cells. Be­tween 60-70% of those cells re­place them­selves ev­ery 6 months – mean­ing 15 bil­lion cells in a body are re­placed ev­ery day. Within each cell is DNA that re­quires at least 45 sep­a­rate min­er­als to repli­cate it­self prop­erly.

If the body can­not ac­cess the pri­mary and trace min­er­als re­quired to go through its bi­o­log­i­cal process fully, it be­gins to de­gen­er­ate. That’s some­thing Par­adise Fields hopes to ad­dress as it con­tin­ues to ex­pand its op­er­a­tions.

To­day, Par­adise Fields of­fers a se­lec­tion of or­ganic pro­duce for vis­i­tors to pur­chase, with more to be avail­able by late sum­mer.

Plans are in the works to build a green­house for win­ter grow­ing as well as a 4,500 square foot fa­cil­ity that houses a store, juice and smoothie bar, and cold stor­age.

The long-term vi­sion is to trans­form the prop­erty into a tourist farm des­ti­na­tion that will of­fer cook­ing classes and ed­u­ca­tion on home gar­dens.

Par­adise Fields is open to the pub­lic Tues­day, noon to 7 p.m. and Sun­day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.par­adis­e­fields.ca

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