A year ago this Father’s Day, hundreds of people gathered to say good-bye to David Reibling, the “Gentle Giant” loved and appreciated by his family and the founder of Oak Manor Farms Organic Mill. Deeply rooted in his farming community in Oxford County, ON, David Reibling’s influence also extends globally as the co-founder of organic farming certification programs in North America and worldwide.
As one of the first farmers in Canada to go organic, David understood what it was to be a true pioneer, and he helped paved the way for an organic industry that is thriving today. David’s efforts in establishing his own organic growing operation were monumental. His son Perry remembers, “I was always amazed at the knowledge my father had about how soil responded, and at his ability to grow organic crops. And he was very innovative. His knowledge of machinery was extensive – he could make anything work!”
When David began his organic milling operation in 1975 this marked the beginning of the processing and marketing of organic grains in Ontario. He also sourced organic grain producers in Western Canada, and would personally visit each farm to ensure that the products they supplied to his mill were grown according to his own exacting standards.
As an early visionary in the organics industry, David saw the need for standardized, independent certification for organics. He brought together like minded farmers scattered throughout Ontario to form the OCCP, which is now Pro-Cert, one of North America’s foremost national certifiers of organic products. He was also a founding board member of the Organic Trade Association of North America (formerly OFPANA) and of the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA).
David is remembered fondly by his wife Anne, his daughters Shelley, Teresa and Allison, his son Perry, and five grandchildren. His wife Anne and his daughter Allison continue to work at Oak Manor and his son Perry now manages the operation.
Do something good for yourself and for the next generation too.
While you may be too busy to think about it often, you want to leave a legacy for your grandchildren and for their grandchildren too.
Oak Manor Farms has been dedicated for over 30 years to farming methods that will:
Keep the soil vibrant and free of harmful chemicals
Avoid contaminating our drinking water and wildlife habitats
Support the Ontario organic farm community
Reduce carbon and polluting emissions by helping the local market to thrive
Nourish healthy children and future generations
If you’ve ever watched the natural documentary, Planet Earth, you will understand the complex and delicate interdependencies of the natural world. Instead of harming these delicate balances through the application of harmful chemicals, the organic farming industry carefully researches the soil and its ecosystems; and scientific farming methods are applied by organic farmers in order to increase the quality and quantity of their yields.
Studies have also shown that food grown on organic farms tend to have higher levels of minerals and nutrients than food grown using chemicals.
This means that when you buy organic products for Oak Manor you are getting more food value gram for gram- and that means more value for your money and greater health and vitality for you and your family.
"People are applying the precautionary principle to their own lives by purchasing food that has not been produced by industrial methods. From the simple stance of hazard avoidance, organically produced food is the best option that we have."
— Dr. Vyvyan Howard, toxico-pathologist at the University of Liverpool, UK
"There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those seventy, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food."
— Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine