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We're more than just about growing food

Cavaleiro Farm, nestled on 65 acres of agroecological land in Schomberg, Ontario, is a beacon of hope in a landscape threatened by rapid development and environmental degradation. Just an hour from downtown Toronto, our farm stands as a testament to the importance of preserving and stewarding the precious farmland that sustains us.

In an era marked by short-sightedness and exploitation, our farm is a sanctuary for regenerative practices that honor the land and nourish our communities. Each year, we face the challenge of keeping our farm thriving amidst a culture that prioritizes profit over sustainability.

As we reflect on our journey and the role of technology in sharing our story, we recognize the need to reassess our approach. While we’ve invested time and energy into digital platforms, we’ve also encountered challenges and setbacks that have made us question the true effectiveness of these tools in building meaningful connections.

Approaching the upcoming season with an open mind, we remain steadfast in our commitment to positive change, even in the face of uncertainty. While it’s easy to succumb to pessimism, we choose optimism and resilience, knowing that every seed planted and every connection forged brings us one step closer to a brighter future.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the status quo, we invite you to join us in embracing a new paradigm—one rooted in community, sustainability, and personal empowerment. Let’s reclaim our connection to the land, nourish our bodies with real food, and build a future that we can all be proud of.

Together, we can be the change we wish to see in the world. Join us on this journey toward a more resilient and regenerative future.

With hope and determination,
Antonio and the Cavaleiro Farm team

Take the farm tour

This video soars over our farm landscape and brings you face to face with the farm community (including the animals!). You’ll also hear from Farmer Antonio about why he went from building robotics for brain surgery to doing local food and farming.

(Urban Crops is the umbrella company of Cavaleiro Farm.)

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Meet Farmer Antonio

“Eight years ago, I couldn’t have been further from farm life. I was a jet-set urbanite living in Toronto and building race cars before local food took me on this journey that connected me to food, culture, and unimaginable possibilities.

I’m privileged to have had the support, space, and opportunity to run a 65-acre farm. My parents Dina and Jose invested in the farm in 2014 when we bought the property off the Courtney family, who had always managed an organic operation.

Today, I am busy maestroing this dance between myself, our farm members, animals, plants, soil, and water. It’s been rewarding to see greater systems and progress over time, and be able to produce more food with less work.

Abundance. Care of people. Care of planet. That’s what this is about for me.”

– Antonio Gomes (Farm Maestro, Cavaleiro Farm / CEO, Urban Crops)

Our animals and crops

At Cavaleiro Farm, we proudly raise a diverse array of animals that play integral roles in our farming ecosystem. Our flock of sheep and lambs serves not only as a source of meat but also as invaluable land managers, helping to maintain the health and fertility of our soil.

In addition to our woolly companions, we breed ducks, chickens, and turkeys, each contributing their unique talents to our farm. Our feathered friends not only provide us with delicious eggs but also play vital roles in pest control and soil aeration.

To ensure the safety and well-being of our livestock, we rely on the steadfast guardianship of our donkey, Jay, and our loyal Great Pyrenees dogs, Olive and Clyde. Together, they help protect our animals and maintain a harmonious balance on the farm. And let’s not forget about Spot, our vigilant farm cat, who keeps a watchful eye on our operations.

It’s important to address misconceptions about the environmental impact of farm animals. Contrary to popular belief, farm animals are not the main culprits of environmental degradation. In fact, they are essential contributors to sustainable agriculture, playing key roles in soil regeneration, nutrient cycling, and natural pest management. Rather than scapegoating farm animals, we should focus our attention on addressing larger environmental issues such as pollution and deforestation.

We take great pride in the quality and freshness of our vegetables, which our customers rave about. From vibrant kale and spinach to crisp carrots and beets, our diverse selection of produce is sure to delight your taste buds. Join our Schomberg Vegetable Box program and experience the difference of locally grown, nutrient-rich vegetables delivered straight from our farm to your table. Reserve your share today and taste the difference for yourself!

The farm's landscape

Our farm’s bright, open landscape is marked by rolling hills, open pastures and woodlots with mature oaks and maple trees over 100 years old. Various springs provide supply to two large ponds and solar exposure is excellent across the property.

A rich sandy loom soil runs throughout the farm, along with areas that have more clay and sand. The topographic conditions, along with varying water and soil conditions, create a range of diverse growing environments.

A barn and bird house keep our animals safe at night. And we’ve put up infrastructure to foster community, like our farmer’s trailer, a tiny cabin, outdoor kitchen, and compost outhouse. Plus, our new greenhouses and root cellar mean we have fresh, healthy vegetables year-round.

We’re grateful to call this beautiful land our home.