Huron Ridge Acres began as a part-time, seasonal, add-on to our mixed farming operation has grown to a full-time year-round greenhouse operation. In 1973, we started with 2000 sq.ft. of greenhouse, which has expanded to 70,000 sq.ft. and several acres of outdoor growing area for garden mum production. Dave & Carol Steckle’s 3 children grew up helping in the greenhouse after school. In 1991, Kevin, a Ridgetown College horticulture graduate, joined the business as a partner.
New plant introductions create an ever changing demand for a good quality product that Huron Ridge takes pride in accomplishing. Valued customers who return throughout the season and year after year, attest to the difference buying directly from the grower makes.
Not so common in recent history are farm families that still remain on the land their forefathers settled. Even more uncommon in rural Ontario is a whole community of families that have done so. But on a 2 km stretch of Bronson Line in Huron County, you will find nine Steckle family farms. On five of these farms, are a generation of men, now in their fifties or older, who have never had a permanent residence other than the land they live on. Three of the farms have fourth generation family members living there.
Farming practices certainly have changed over the 150 years. Among them are modern day farms with hogs, poultry, and cash crop farming, as well as our own greenhouse operation.
Our family’s roots are in Switzerland. Daniel B. Steckle traveled to Huron County in 1860 and purchased Lot 7, Con. 13, which is our family farm, in 1865. Two more parcels of land were purchased for his two other sons about 20 years later, and have all been passed down to subsequent generations. While a house wasn’t built on our land until 1930, ownership is now in 4th and 5th generation, and 6th generation children occupy a second residence now on the farm that is now known as Huron Ridge Acres.