He attended Simon Fraser University in Theatre, which his excuse being a ‘bad actor’, and one bulb short of a full bushel for the balance of his working life.
Warren grew a ¼ acre of garlic 27 years ago. Over the years Warren has been a part of growing fields of garlic from 1 to 100 acres. The farm has supplied some of the major grocery chains across Canada and the US, but mainly providing garlic seed to individual growers, farmers, and seed houses across North America. August’s Harvest brokers local garlic crops, as well as importing from the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
As a member of the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario for 26 years he has served in most capacities. Warren worked on the case that went before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to block garlic from being dumped into the Canadian market. He has worked with the University of Guelph and governments to develop disease and virus free garlic seed for the strains of garlic grown in Ontario, and was a co- founder of the Stratford Garlic Festival, now in its 8th Year, Sept 6&7 2014.
Warren, wife Nicola and the kids live on a 50 acre farm “Augusts’ Harvest” just north of Stratford, Ontario. They supply garlic, shallots, and Saskatoon berries to distribution channels as varied as CSA food boxes to large grocery chains and seed houses across North America.
Both immigrant grandfathers given names were August as well as being Warren’s middle name. So the farm name is not about being austere, or about a time of year, but refers to new starts in life.
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