Heirloom Genovese Basil, Spearmint (NEW), Chives (NEW)
Red Radish, Ruby Stem Radish, Kale, Red Cabbage, Purple Kohlrabi, Arugula, Red Mizuna Mustard, Beet, Sunflower, and Pea Shoots (NEW)
Hard Red Spring Wheatgrass
Growing the finest basil requires the perfect growing environment and a lot of TLC. At Rafferty farms we strive to grow large crowns of the most beautiful and aromatic Genovese Basil. Our basil is available in 227 gram (8 oz) boxes for resteraunts and 28 gram (1 oz) bags for retail sales.
Basil from Rafferty Farms is always:
- Naturally fresh, flavourful and aromatic
- Non-GMO and grown from certified organic seed
- Not exposed to any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides
Microgreens are a stunning visual, flavourful and nutritional addition to any dish! Our microgreens are grown in our aquaponic system ensuring they are packed with important nutrients and micro-nutrients. Our microgreens are available in living cases for restaurants and pre-cut 40 gram clam-shells for retail sales.
Microgreens have intense and unique flavors, we are always experimenting with new varieties to bring the most exciting flavours and colours to your dish!
Chefs Garden Mix Tray
Designed for restaurants, our living Garden Mix Microgreen tray includes 6 stunning varieties ensuring you always have the right colours and flavours to enhance any dish. Our living trays are packed in a cardboard box with a recyclable drip liner for watering right in the box. Please visit our living microgreens care page for instructions to keep your microgreens alive and growing!
Wheatgrass is considered a superfood, packed with important nutrients and amino acids needed by the human body. Just like all of our products, our wheatgrass is grown in our aquaponic system ensuring you get the healthiest and most flavorful product possible. Whether you are using a juicer to extract the nutrient packed juice or just like to chew on a handful from time to time, wheatgrass from Rafferty Farms is always a delicious choice!
Our wheatgrass is available in living cases for restaurants and 85 gram (3 oz) pre-cut bags for retail sales.
Rafferty Farms operates modular aquaponic greenhouses that incorporate sustainable technologies in order to bring fresh and naturally grown produce and fish straight from the farm to your table. Our system uses solar, wind and rainwater collection to operate our greenhouses off-grid. We grow using a method called aquaponics which utilizes the symbiotic relationship between fish, bacteria, and plants in a closed loop nutrient cycle with minimal waste, the way nature intended. Rafferty Farms represents a sustainable alternative to conventional agriculture to supply communities with fresh local produce and fish.
We believe your produce should never be exposed to any toxic chemical herbicides or pesticides!
In our greenhouse we strive to provide the perfect growing environment for our various plants, unfortunately this also provides a wonderful home for the many damaging insects that we call pests. Since aquaponics is an ecosystem where we encourage life in and around our system, we are severely restricted in the different pest control techniques that we can employ. We believe that nature can provide the answer to our pest problems and this is why we release beneficial insects on a regular basis that pray on the insects that we deem as pests.
When you purchase produce from Rafferty Farms you can be sure it is always pesticide free and grown in harmony with nature!
Sustainable Energy tech
At Rafferty Farms we use a variety of energy production and storage technologies.
Using a combination of solar voltaic panels and a wind turbine, through this we are able to generate enough electricity to power all of our water pumps, fans and LED grow lights year round, day or night. Our system consists of an 800 watt solar voltaic system and a 2000 watt wind turbine. The energy generated by this system is used during the day while the excess energy is stored in batteries capable of powering our water circulation pumps for up to 4 days with no wind or sun.
The key to a year round greenhouse will always be heat management. To address this, in the summer we are constantly circulating hot air, from the peak of the greenhouse, 8 feet underground to use the earth as a heat battery allowing us to extract the heat at night to better regulate the temperature inside the greenhouse. We also have a solar water heating system that allows us to collect the sun's energy during the day and store it in a 400L hot water tank, we can then extract this heat during the night to warm the water flowing through the aquaponics system and in turn keeping the greenhouse temperature stable.
At Rafferty Farms we are starting small and dreaming big. Using our 1200 square foot greenhouse as a proving ground for some innovative designs, we hope to expand to acres of off the grid aquaponic greenhouses in years to come.