ALGOMA ORCHARDS: OUR HISTORY
A Fourth Generation Family-Owned Business
Welcome to Algoma Orchards
We are proud leaders in Canada's apple farming and packing industry. With a state-of-the-art packing and juice-bottling facility located in Newcastle, Ontario, our loyal customers have come to know and appreciate our high-quality apples and apple cider.
As fourth generation farmers, the Kemp family has a proven passion for farming. We began growing apples in the 1800's with Algoma Orchards starting in 1964. Algoma would grow, pack, and ship apples to local grocery stores. Our humble roots allowed us to learn the fundamentals of apple growing and selling. Since then, Algoma Orchards has grown immensely and continues to do so.
In 2010, Algoma Orchards opened up shop in Newcastle. The Algoma Orchards Gourmet Market became a staple for many Durham Region locals, while our packing plant operates day and night to produce apple products for Canadians across the country. Algoma's vision is to be Canada's preferred source for apples and apple beverages. We are well on our way.
ABOUT OUR FARMS
With over 1600 acres of land to farm upon, Algoma Orchards is currently the biggest grower in Canada and show no signs of slowing down. Every year, we continue to invest in our farms by planting 150 new acres of high-density farm.
Algoma proudly grows the following varieties: Honey Crisp, Gala, Red Delicious, Ambrosia, McIntosh, Cortland, Smitten, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Empire, and Snowflake. As the largest Organic apple growers in Canada, we also grow Organic Gala, Organic Red Delicious, and Organic Honey Crisp. We are also in the early stages of developing 6 new varieties!
Instead of using overhead irrigation, our farmers use drip line irrigation. This means that water is dripped right into the soil so the tree can absorb all of it. This results in the significant reduction of water being wasted by evaporating before the trees have had a chance to absorb it. We have also been utilizing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for over 30 years to protect our crops. IPM involves actively monitoring crops for signs of pests and diseases, and only treating the trees when absolutely necessary. Our growing strategies are tried and true and our farmers love what they do.
As leaders in our community, Algoma Orchards aims to support local organizations that focus on others in need. In addition to a momumental 2 million dollar personal donation to the Bowmanville Hospital from the Kemp family, Algoma Orchards also donates to the following:
LOCAL FOOD DRIVES
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LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY
As growing leaders in Canada's apple industry, we also aim to lead by example by keeping sustainability at front of mind. We are always looking for new green efficiencies in order to minimize our environmental footprint for years to come. Because of this, we have implemented equipment and strategies that are not dependent upon hydro.
Most recently, our plant became the very first in Canada to be powered by Tesla. Our Tesla battery pack stores the energy our solar panels produce allowing us to activate this power when we need it most. It also allows us to use power without utilizing peak grid times making our plant self-sufficient.
Our roof is lined with solar panels and rain water catching capabilities. Rain water is then filtered and sanitized to be reused for cleaning our facilities. As we have a rain water treatment facility within our plant, this is all done on-site.
Algoma is committed to fostering a sustainable future.