Bushgarden Farm is a fifth generation family farm located in the heart of the Rideau Lakes. We have been certified organic since 2006 and milk 20 Holstein and Brown Swiss cows. 

We make organic raw milk cheese by hand.

Our cheese is made from fresh, warm, raw milk right on the farm by farmer and cheese maker Nigel Smith.



The first cheese that was made on the farmstead. It took nearly a decade for Nigel to realize his goal of dairying on Bush road with a dairy. When it came time to name the first cheese, it was an obvious choice. This is the first raw cows milk cheese made in Ontario in decades. Pilgrimage will be worth your journey.


Before the nearby village of Elgin had its current title, it was a Mormon settlement that was called Nauvoo. Nauvoo means a beautiful place which is where this aged, traditional Elgin Cheese will take your palate.


Depending on the time of year and the diet of the cows a selection of cheese is made that best expresses the natural characteristics of the milk.

Winter’s milk is best suited for the production of Bushgarden Nauvoo while spring and its lush grazing is ideal for Pilgrimage. Four milkings are combined into one small batch of delicious cheese. The cheeses are then aged for a period of not less than 60 days. Bushgarden Nauvoo is held for 120.