Forman Farms is a fully diversified family farm, in operation since 1973. We grow corn, soybeans, and grain; offer land improvement services; sell SwitchGreen pellets; offer consulting to local farmers; and provide trucking and delivery services.
Forman Farms grows mainly soybeans, corn, and grains for sale and grows switchgrass straw for processing in the SwitchGreen pellet mill. Charles Forman has been no-till cropping since 1963, a practice that helps to build organic matter in the soil and reduce erosion, soil compaction, and diesel consumption on the farm. We sell most of our grains to large Ontario processors. We do, however, happily supply one ton totes of corn for use as livestock feed, biomass fuel, feed for hunters, and lamb finishing. Forman Farms also performs some custom work for local farmers.
Forman Farms grows many of its crops on rented land and does everything it can to maintain its reputation as an ideal tenant. We tile drain, dig ditches, fertilize, spread compost and lime, and clear fence lines to improve the property values of our landlords. We were one of the first growers of Identity Preserved (IP) soybeans for export in Ontario, and continue to seek new and expanding crop markets to grow into. In 2014 Forman Farms is excited to be growing its first experimental crop of millet for grain sales and forage!
Property Improvement and Agricultural Services
Forman Farms has crews and equipment available for fence-line clearing, fertilizing, excavating, land clearing, and brush grinding. We have accepted contracts to demolish old buildings and clear land for new ones. We also accept welding commissions and offer consulting services to new farmers. We are experienced builders of barns, greenhouses and hoop houses. Landscaping services are also available in collaboration with our greenhouse garden centre staff.
The SwitchGreen pellet mill located at Forman Farms processes pellets for fuel, bedding, and mulch. Pellets are made from varying ratios of switchgrass, waste wood, and other agricultural biomass depending on their end use. Pellets are sold in one ton totes, with plans to expand into bagging this year. SwitchGreen pellets are of high quality and made from plant products that either improve the environment through their growth (purpose-grown biomass switchgrass) or would otherwise have clogged up landfills (waste wood from local manufacturers and transfer stations). Visit the SwitchGreen website or contact us for more information.
Forman's Rack Rage
- It’s good for deer.
- The balanced nutritional content of the pellets provides protein, fibre, calcium, energy, and smells and tastes great too.
- It’s high quality.
- Feeding straight grains disrupts a deer's digestive system, and doesn’t grow big bucks. Deer will only frequent a (likely damp or mouldy) corn pile when they have no better fresh options – not usually the case in late summer and early autumn. Rack Rage was designed with both deer and hunters in mind. Livestock and biodiesel corn that was rejected by a grain elevator and repackaged as deer feed was not.
- It’s local.
- The grains and hay are all grown by local farmers, the dried molasses comes from your local feed store, and the processing and pelletizing all happened at the Forman family’s farm in Seeley’s Bay. Pellets are sold directly to independent local businesses, so that you get a great deal on deer pellets from down the road.
Ingredients: Corn, roasted soybeans, high-calcium alfalfa hay, fragrant dried molasses.
- Feed early.
- Start feeding deer well before hunting season. In early July, does are lactating and bucks are starting to grow their racks, making the first weeks of this month an ideal time to get them the extra protein they need. In addition to persuading the deer to come to camera locations so that you can plan your hunt, the deer will also be lulled into a pattern of visiting the feed sites routinely. But supplying Rack Rage at any time before there is hunting pressure conditions the deer, so that even the biggest and wisest of mature bucks may come into range with their guard down during hunting season. Now is an important time to keep deer on your property, and recruit deer from poorly managed surrounding properties.
- Feed often.
- If deer cannot rely on your supply, you won’t be able to rely on them. Deer are unlikely to eat stale or damp feed. A consistent, fresh supply of Rack Rage deer pellets means a fragrant supply. The aroma of roasted soybeans and molasses given off by freshly laid pellets will attract deer to your property from other lots.
- Feed all over.
- Providing feed at a number of locations will minimize the likelihood of territorial aggression, and increase the number of bucks on your property.
- Feed consistently.
- The ingredients in Rack Rage are balanced, blended and pelletized to ensure a consistent, uniform feed that the microorganisms in deer’s’ rumens will digest. Changing feeds or feeding straight grains will unbalance a deer’s digestive system, and do more harm than good when it comes to attracting and growing tag-worthy deer.
Forman Farms has a variety of pine mulches available for bulk purchase in Spring and Summer. Pine mulches around flower beds and trees control erosion, retain moisture, suppress weeds, add organic matter to soil structures, and look good to boot! We grind high quality red, brown, black, and gold dyed pine mulches or natural pine mulch for landscapers, property owners, and depots. Composted pine mulch is also available. Switchgrass pellets or chopped straw are excellent mulches for spreading on field vegetables and can be used by certified organic growers.
Trucking and Delivery Services
Trucking services are available to deliver grain, bulk supplies, and equipment. We are fully insured and licensed to get your crops to a grain elevator, deliver mulch to your yard, move brush off your property, and move any other bulk supplies around Eastern Ontario.