Urban farming is not a new concept. Max Valyear, owner of Green Wheel Farms, will be the first person to tell you that. Other provinces, even other countries, have been doing it for years. The West Coast, for example, has been inspiring Max for some time now.
The concept is quite simple in both form and function. Grow fresh food close to home; better yet, right at home in your very own yard, front, back or both. Doesn’t matter. And if you know Max, you’ll know that’s his m.o. He’d rather see gardens with purpose than yards of grass, which according to Max “do nothing” but waste natural resources and energy while taking up viable growing space.
Max has never driven a car. He delivers as much produce by bicycle as whatever strength his two legs can muster. Sometimes the distance is too great or the weather doesn’t permit, in which case his girlfriend, Sharon, comes to the rescue. But this is a rare occurrence, and it’s common to see Max brave the snowy streets on bike to make his winter deliveries.
His microgreens are in high demand here in the region and during the winter months, his focus heads indoors to the dozens of highly nutrient sprout trays that line the hallways and basement of his downtown Belleville home. Here, spring welcomes his garden of goodness. Not a patch of grass to be found on this property. Every square foot is dedicated to usefulness and educating the community.
This is what Green Wheel Farms is working towards, a slowing down of time and pace to bring value back to the little things through education and learning.