Eshcol Farm - The Slater Family
Stew Slater, his wife Mari and their children operate the 150-acre Eschol Farm, located in Oxford County. They raise 25 cows, purebred Holsteins and crossbred Holstein/Brown Swiss.
For the family’s own use, the farm also includes a well-maintained apple and pear orchard, an annual maple sap harvest, plantations of raspberries, currants, elderberries and strawberries, as well as domesticated beehives operated by an off-farm apiarist.
Mari also works as a water quality specialist with a conservation authority, and Stew writes articles for weekly community newspapers and an agricultural newspaper. Stew’s sister Ann operates an organic market garden on the farm. Her vegetables are sold in the St. Marys Farmers Market, to members of her community-shared agriculture (CSA) business, and to restaurants and specialty retailers in Stratford and St. Marys.
Stew’s and Ann’s parents, Allan and Bev, also live and work on the farm. They operate a stand at the St. Marys Farmers’ Market, selling all-beef summer sausage, pepperettes, red veal, ground beef, oat flakes, flour, eggs and other products.
Eshcol Farm’s 150 acres was cleared and settled by the Slater family in the 1860s. It is the only remaining dairy farm on the country block of land, and the only farm in the area where hay and pasture are part of a diverse crop rotation.
Have you seen our new youtube video yet? It was shot on the Slater's farm! Take a look: