Our Story

A mission for the future

Our mission is connecting people and experiences to shape a more sustainable future. We all need kids to have meaningful outdoor experiences so they grow up feeling responsible for protecting the natural world. One of ClearWater Farm’s specialties is providing kids with fun, compelling learning opportunities that build character, curiosity and a love of nature. To that end we are breathing new life into an historic shoreline farm as a centre for place-based experiential learning. ClearWater’s eco-food production supports our efforts. To explore all Water Centre initiatives click here.

 

Leader in Place-Based Environmental Education

ClearWater is giving kids unique experiences that connect them with nature and empower them to work with it.  They in turn are guiding us in exploring what ClearWater Farm can become.  Hands-on camps and school-linked programs – often linked to food — open new perspectives for everyone.  Find out more about ClearWater’s kids’ programs and their impact.

 

A Rich History

ClearWater Farm, a historic property on Lake Simcoe, was owned by an early settler family for over 180 years. It is now leased to the Ontario Water Centre by Town of Georgina. Honouring ClearWater Farm’s close working relationship with the Chippewas of Georgina Island, an old maple “Trading Tree” by the lake where settlers and local First Nations gathered to trade received Heritage status in 2017.

 

Inspiring Regenerative Food Practices

ClearWater demonstrates how growing healthy food is also good for the surrounding land, water, local economy and community fabric.  We inspire our employees, volunteers, customers and partners to grow, prepare and share fresh, nutritious food using organic and regenerative practices.  The farm also showcases water-wise and nature-friendly practices and technologies to help others discover eco-friendly choices.

 

Promoting Sustainable Local Economic Development

A community leader in promoting local, sustainable economic development, ClearWater continues to create green jobs.  We are pioneering installation of new green technology, including a micro-biodigestor that generates renewable natural gas from locally-generated organics to heat greenhouses and power vehicles.  By rebuilding a heritage barn as a youth education centre and community event venue, we’re creating high-value jobs while creating new community assets in Georgina.

Find out more information about ClearWater Farm, its events, and volunteering opportunities by emailing us at info@clearwaterfarms.ca.


Our Team

Daniel Hoffman
Manager of Farming

Growing Veggies, Growing People.

Cori Doern
Executive Chef

Food lover who loves to share her love of food.

Deb Mackay
Greenhouse and Garden Manager

Greenhouse specialist. Salad designer. Organic farmer.

Steve Appleby
Site Manager

Lindsay Corkett
Logistics Manager

Coordinator, distributor, accumulator, inquisitor.

Morgan Zigler
Educational Programs Manager

Megan Giffen
Education Coordinator

Protector of the Forest, grower of the mushrooms, plant whisperer, inspirer of the community and all the logistics in between.

Kelly Logan
Financial Officer, Human Resources/Administration

Overseeing financial; human resources and administration of Clearwater Farm and Ontario Water Centre

Jennifer Harrison
Communications and Development Manager

A storyteller at heart who loves to craft photos and phrases that connect people to what we do.

Alana Corkery
Marketing and Sales Manager

A purveyor and proponent of fine foods and good people.