Tomorrow is CSA Fair at the Vancouver Farmers Market

After a wonderful break, family gatherings and warm fires, it is time again to gear up for the 2017 season. We had time to reflect, brain storm about what we want for the next season.Winter is the time to crunch numbers; determining the profit (or loss) from the previous year, and compiling a budget for next year’s crop to decide which crop to grow.

On the other hand we are also looking into how many people we would need to employ. Unfortunately the farm is remote, and we have had trouble, last year the worst, in getting help. So in the planning this year we try to work around this problem. As a result we decided for this year not to have the weekly veggie boxes, which means an intensive planting schedule.

We will have a Market Credit Share available for our market costumers. How it works.

Thank you Brian and Yolanda

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Food a couple steps from the dirt…

We LOVE what we do and take pride in growing safe, fresh and delicious produce, as we connect the farm and its farmers with the community. Through our Harvest Box program, we deliver 20 weeks of certified organic bio-dynamic produce and berries in Chilliwack, Cultus Lake and Vancouver.

Valentine’s Day is always the mark that our crops which overwintered begin to pick up the pace of growing (loving the longer, warmer days), especially with the mild winter we had this year. Between harvesting for the winter markets, cleaning the winter crops out of the field and pruning berry plants: our days are filled. We work late some evenings to get the first seeds in the trays for transplants as these will be going outside as soon as the fields are ready.
We’ve had a lot of planning in the beginning of the year; so many projects to begin and so many things to check off our list. New orders, new varieties, new suppliers and new opportunities.
Our goal of giving back to the community is on the list too, and we are happy to say that we’ve reached that goal. We were looking for a family that is in need, and would benefit from a CSA box donation. We are aware that there a so many families that cannot afford the privilege of fresh produce, but how do we choose the right family? This year with the arrival of refugees coming to Chilliwack, our community sponsoring these families, we have decided to help a Chilliwack Syrian family with a free box for the summer.

REaCH Chilliwack  does an amazing job. We’d like to welcome Safouh and Hasnaa as our members.

This time of the year we finally get to the blog part of the website, (look back you will see it’s an annual trend) as during the season we are often so overwhelmed with what needs to be done. Curious what our CSA program is and what we grow? We offer a free box when you sign up and pay before March 1st.

– “‎A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end. There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later. The threat the farm has got on you, the one that keeps you running from can until can’t, is this: do it now, or some living thing will wilt or suffer or die. Its blackmail, really.” –

Quotes by Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

Kind Regards,

 

Brian and Yolanda

It is CSA sign up time!

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It is that time of the year again…

We hope the winter and holiday season is treating everyone well.  Although the winter has its perks with the shorter days, we are feeling inspired and excited for Spring and another year of farming ahead!  Thank you for all of your support this last season – we couldn’t be more excited for 2016.  Because of you and your investment in our farm it continues to thrive and get better and better with every passing year. The learning curve is becoming less steep, and we are feeling more confident no matter what  nature throws at us.

A great many thanks for all your appreciation, support and encouragement through the most productive CSA season we’ve experienced to date!  By investing in the CSA we are able to invest in you! We were amazed with the amount of people that signed up last year. And we had so many great reviews!

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Visit us at the market this Saturday for all the info for next season’s sign up.

Get all the info about the 2 different shares we offerfor the Vancouver Farmers Market Costumers.

For Chilliwack and Cultus Lake please feel free to call, email or message us on facebook to get more info!

Click here for more  information about the harvest box

Click here for more information about the market share

Click here to be directed to our sign up page 

We will extend the early bird sign up discount!

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We had such a great response on the article in the Chilliwack Times. For who missed this article click here.

A big thank you to Paul Henderson, who wrote this article and came to the farm.

I understand  it was quite a rush… So to give you some more time : You will be getting the early bird discount untill March 15th, 2015.

Share this with friends and family. We are hoping for 50 boxes, to be able to support a family here in the community for a whole season. Our hope of giving back to a community that supports local agriculture.

Thank you  everyone who signed up!

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Your membership will support a family in need!

Photo 2015-02-03, 10 34 57 PMI am not very good in writing.. But I would like to express what Brian and I feel that we would like to do.

Brian started in 2007 with selling just garlic, at just one market. Today we are selling our produce at  5 Vancouver farmers markets, and many acres and greenhouses added. It has been a steep learning curve. Now all the land we own will be in production this year. Excited to go local with our CSA. We are very fortunate that we are able to do what we love to do. Growing organic, healthy, honest food!

Membership applications are coming in,  thank you for your support! We would like to take the idea of support  a little further. I typed so many times the letters CSA, Community Supported Agriculture… What if we could do a ASC??  Why not Agriculture Supports Community…??!!

Here is our vision:

We decided that we will support a family in need with a membership for one season for free. A family in Chilliwack/Yarrow/Cultus Lake will receive 20 weeks  a weekly box of fresh organic produce. But we need your help;  we need a minimum of 50 members to be able to support a family. Help us to support a family with local organic produce, for 20 weeks. So please spread the word…  Make this happen!

For more info on the CSA  Harvest boxes click here

I can’t believe this!

A year almost went, since the last posting… The season is too busy to keep up with the blog. And every year my resolution is to be better, keep this blog more up to date. Again thankful for all the wonderful costumers and CSA members for their support, all the help we had last season, without those great and enthusiastic people it wouldn’t be possible!! Big thank you.

This is the time of year that we have time to sit down, reflect on what we did last year and planning for the growing season ahead. Last year was a great season. The raspberries are getting mature, blackberries were in their first year, a start with our strawberries… A great year for our new crop Ginger!! Love the months of September and October when there is so many produce to be harvested.

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At the moment we are getting the seed orders out, and do the planning for crops to grow. Also we are updating the farm; we will have 1 more acre ready to go in production, irrigation is getting updated, the old barn gets an upgrade, new cooler and next wash station. All to have the farm running more smoothly. Getting so exciting to have everything ready to go for the new season.

Our market share CSA is ready to go. please follow the link on top of the page.

Thank you, Yolanda