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Veggie crops at Shalefield Organic Gardens
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Fresh Starts at Shalefield Organic Gardens

Hannah Roessler You don’t need to be young to succeed as a new farmer, as this intrepid pair from the Columbia Valley are proving.“There is just so much shale in the field, we’re always picking up rocks – so there you have it: “Shalefield Farm” was born!” explains Yolanda Versterre when I ask her about… Keep Reading

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Sea Cider Farm: Hard Pressed for Sweet Success

Hannah Roessler As Kristen Jordan of Sea Cider Farm can attest, building a farm business is never simple. Planning, preparation and plain hard work are the main ingredients in her recipe for success. “Cider is a humble beverage,” says Kristen Jordan, the owner of Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. We’re sitting in the cidery’s grand… Keep Reading

Kenta Family Organic Farm
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Kenta Farm: for the Love of Weeds

Hannah Roessler The No-Weed Philosophy of Pender Island’s Kikuchi Family Boarding the ferry early one summer morning en route to a unique family farm on Pender Island, I am reminded how lucky we are to live in beautiful, diverse British Columbia. I am on my way to meet Arthur Kikuchi, to see if the rumors… Keep Reading

Liz at Woolly Bear Farm

Woolly Bear Farm

Hannah Roessler A New Farmer Struggles to Go From Caterpillar to Butterfly I have been pretty amazed by every farmer I’ve ever met — their competence, determination and impressive suite of skills. But now that I am a new farmer myself, I find myself in awe of Liz Perkins of Woolly Bear Farm, a one-acre… Keep Reading

Barb and Lorne Ebell, Nanoose Edibles

Nanoose Edibles

Hannah Roessler It Takes Dedication, Devotion, and a Community to Raise a Farm I had been trying for weeks to make it to Nanoose Edibles Farm to visit Barbara and Lorne Ebell, but bad weather on the Malahat Highway turned me back each time. The day I finally made it was sunny and warm, and… Keep Reading

Alex and Virginie at Wind Whipped Farm
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Wise and Winsome at Wind Whipped Farm

Hannah Roessler Stepping Up to the Challenge The wind was quiet and the sun was shining as I headed down William Head Road towards Wind Whipped Farm in Metchosin on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. I was on my way to meet Alex Fletcher and Virginie Lavallee-Picard, the two dynamic and incredibly sweet young… Keep Reading

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