A fourth-generation family farm, it is the invaluable help of family and friends that keeps the operation, originally a dairy farm, going strong. "Many people have strong ties to this property," says Mr. Knox, "and by everyone pitching in day after day, we're able to offer the public a glimpse of life on a farm, as it was a century ago, as it is today, and as it will hopefully be a century from now."
Nestled into the countryside just north of Courtice, this historic farm offers lots of fun for the whole family. Young and old alike delight in the offering of fall activities, which include a corn maze, farm animals, a straw jump, a story reading room, wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch, a photo station, scarecrow making, face painting and pony rides. "The genuine farm atmosphere, coupled with century old trees that frame a property filled with hundreds of orange-hued pumpkins and fall activities all add up to the ideal family outing" says Ken Knox, who is one of many pitching in to make this a true family farm.
Indeed, many families visiting the farm come back year after year - and they have been spreading the word! Many new visitors to the farm have heard about it from their own friends and family, and quickly become repeat visitors themselves after this special farm steals their heart.
Farmer Ken has lived on the farm forever and has wonderful memories of helping his parents John and Jean develop their dairy farm, which was granted by the Crown to Alexander Farewell in 1849 (Farewell Creek runs through the farm). The farm is located in the rolling hills of beautiful Clarington, just north of Courtice and east of Oshawa. The dairy farm has transformed into a pure-bred Blonde d'Aquitaine beef and Percheron horse farm. With over 300 acres of crops, pasture and forest, the farm is helping feed cities while educating the community about agriculture.
The farm house was built in 1887 to replace the log cabin which stood just south of it, sometime in the later 1800's. Built for Jordan and Edith Van Nest, their ten children were the first of many children since to slide down the banister and play in the 'big room' with it's seven doors. Today the Knox descendants from far and wide come 'home' to the farm, which has been the heart of the family for four generations.
The Knox farm belongs to and supports many groups and organizations within the Ontario agriculture and Durham Region/Clarington communities, such as the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Ontario Agriculture Training Institute, Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association, Durham Farm Fresh Marketing Association, Durham Farm Connections, Ontario Corn Producers Association, Clarington Marketing Minds and the Clarington Board of Trade. Please visit our links page to visit these important agricultural and local resources that make Clarington such a great place to live.