Natural, Sustainable, Organic. There are so many terms out there now and do they really mean what you think? At the end of the day what we advocate is to get to know your farmer and build a relationship of trust. We personally sell the majority of our products and have spent many years gaining the trust of our customers. We welcome interest in our methods and are always looking for ways to improve and to better communicate what we do. The following is a rough outline of our methods and our goals going forward.
Our goal as a farm is to grow and distribute our products without the use of fossil fuels and zero waste. We have a ways to go but we get closer each year. We also try to encourage and support the next generation of Farmers.
We do not use sprays for weeds or pests, or synthetic fertalizers.
composted local chicken manure
oyster shell and lime
We believe that if you build a healthy soil you will have healthy plants that are resistant to disease and pests. We apply fertilizers so they are used by the crops and do not create runoff.
We rotate our crops and use cover crops to build soil and prevent erosion.
We use only drip irrigation to conserve water and power.
We use various mulches extensively. This greatly reduces weeding and watering. In our long term beds we still use plastic landscape fabric, but for strawberries and annuals we use cardboard and wood chips.
We have taken many steps to Reduce our Carbon Footprint:
All the products we sell at the Comox Valley Farmers Market are delivered by bicycle!
All field work is done by hand.
We have made numerous updates to the farm house for energy efficiency, such as installing a heat pump and insulating walls and ceilings.
We plant a few trees every year around the farm.
We only use half of our land with the rest being mixed pasture/trees.
We have started to use bio-degradable bags and other no plastic options for packaging.