Vista Bella Farm Orchard, Cidery and Apiary is a first generation farm nestled on the north shore in Malagash Nova Scotia. We started as a small with mixed vegetable farm using a community-supported agriculture model, with members purchasing shares in exchange for fresh produce each week from our farm. We ran this for five years and began to diversify by adding small fruit and larger fruit to our production practices. Eventually, we found that apples, pears and specific vegetable varieties were thriving, so we focused our efforts on growing these crops. Shortly after, we decided to purchase our neighbour’s established orchard as they were retiring.
We continued to experiment with our apples and figured out how to make the most out of what we were growing which included cidery production. We have just planted over 30 new cider varieties as well which brings our total apple variety count to about 110. We also grow dozens of varieties of plums, European pears, Asian pears, and a few cherries. We are committed to continuing to plant funky varieties to both celebrate diversity and to preserve these heirloom varieties for future generations.