Highwood Crossing Foods Ltd
High River, AB
Highwood Crossing is a family owned, certified organic grain farm located next to the Highwood River south of Calgary. When owners, Tony Marshall and his wife, Penny, switched over to sustainable organic farming methods in 1989, they were returning to agricultural practices that were similar to those used on the same farm by Tony's great-grandfather nearly 100 years earlier. (The name "Highwood Crossing" refers to a shallow portion of the Highwood River on the farm where travellers used to cross before there were bridges or roads.)
Today, Highwood Crossing Farm is certified organic by design and produces only 100% organic crops that include wheat, rye, flax, canola, oats, barley, peas, hay and sweet clover. The Marshalls also have a certified organic processing facility on the farm where they produce and package food products from the crops that they grow. These products include cold pressed flax and canola oil, organic granola, flax seed muffin and pancake mix, stone ground flours as well as whole grains and cereals. (On-farm processing plays an important role in reducing the the high environmental costs associated with transporting food products 1000's of miles to distant markets.)
Because they actually grow and cold-press the oil seeds on their own certified organic farm, the Marshall's have complete control over every aspect of production. This extra care and attention to detail ensures that clients receive oils of the absolute highest quality. As well, Highwood Crossing oils are pressed, bottled and delivered fresh the same week that they are ordered which guarantees the freshest and most beneficial oils available.
All of the family is involved with running the business. Penny who is a Professional Home Economist by training, looks after quality control, new product development and on-farm crop rotations. Tony's is responsible for all aspects of production and marketing. Megan and Kerry help with production and market sales.