Nathan and Aleta Klassen, Farmers
Nathan grew up near Rochester, NY, and took every chance he could to be on a farm. He gained experience through farm internships, raising his own poultry, and working in organic research, seed breeding, and demonstration gardens at several universities. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in organic agriculture.
Aleta grew up on a dairy farm outside Cambridge ON where she spent every opportunity in the barn with the cows, sheep, and her poultry and rabbits. As well as developing her love and skills in livestock production, Aleta learned from an early age how to operate a remarkable range of agricultural and construction equipment, and can compete with the best for backing trailers and wagons.
Nathan and Aleta met through their shared hobby of Square Dancing and were drawn together by their love of agriculture.
Jason Vistoli, Assistant Farm Manager
Jason joined the team in 2016 and brings a well diversified background. With a degree in Environmental Resource Studies from Waterloo and work experience in the construction, cooking and food system fields, Jay is a guy with many random skills. Away from the farm Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, feat. baby man (soon to be toddler man), his family, building things, learning about his mental health, curing meats, processing foods, listening to podcasts, gardening, camping and hiking the Bruce looking for cool plants.
Located in Plattsville, Nith Valley Organics is within a half hour drive from Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guleph and only a block from the scenic Nith River. We are situated on a beautiful 75 acre property including cropland, greenhouses, pasture, hardwood bush, and a stream. Nith Valley Organics is a traditional mixed farm (crops and livestock) with a modern twist. We grow a broad diversity of vegetables (certified organic) have a small laying flock (omega 3 brown eggs), pastured sheep, and new this year pastured broiler chickens (organic not certified). Depending on when you were here and what we got ourselves into you might also see a few ducks or geese. The farm is run by owners Nathan and Aleta Klassen along with our dedicated crew. We sell primarily direct to consumer, but our products are also available through select stores and restaurants, from Mama Earth Organics, and processed into other products like sauerkraut. You can order direct from our online store Monday through Thursday, for Wednesday and Saturday pickup in Toronto.