Food Box Programs: Many thanks and appreciation for your support of the Farm Stand and Food Boxes this year! Our Box programs and Farm Stand are closed for the season, but you can still find us at the Downtown Farmers Market, in the Hudson building, between Fisgard and Herald Streets, every Wednesday from 11 – 3. There are still spaces open for our three Food Box programs at the farm: Spring, Summer and Winter. The 2014 Spring Food Box at the farm starts May 21, 2014 and ends June 25, 2014. For more details on the Summer and Winter 2014 boxes and how to sign up, check our Food Box page.
Guided Farm tours of a certified organic Community Farm: Guided by a Board member or Farmer, please pre-register at our email address. Exploring Community Farm model, Wetland restoration, Growing Food throughout the year and building a healthy ecosystem. $8 per person. Group rate of 10 or more persons $50. Schools $5 per student or group rate of $50 for 10 or more students.
Thanks to our volunteers this year! You helped us so much and we hope you learned some useful things. Watch this space (and our Facebook page) for news about getting down and dirty with our organic farmers starting in March 2014. A great way to learn hands-on about organic farming, and become part of the Hali community!
Other news this year:
The Coolest Cooler!
Our new walk-in cooler has greatly helped us manage our produce this summer. Subscribers to the food box program have appreciated its chillability (some days more than others!). For funding and building it, we owe our most grateful thanks to the Sidney Rotary Club, and to Doug Kleckner and Cosmo Pessoa. Our next project is to find a way to build a protective roof for the cooler, to protect it from winter rains.
Farm’s first Seedy Saturday event:
On Saturday January 12, 2013 the farm’s first Seedy Saturday event featured certified organic seed sales, seedlings and produce grown at the farm.
This year’s news: This first smaller Seedy Saturday event for the organic community farm is significant in what is fast becoming BC’s 11th GMO free zone. Heirloom and certified organic seed were featured by local seed savers. A Community Seed Swap and Young Seed Savers table invited participation from community seed savers.
Guest speaker Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds spoke to a full house at noon. Refreshments warmed us. Guided farm tours were filled to capacity on a clear day in January here on the South Island. Thanks to each and everyone who came out to the farm to enjoy it and to all who assist the farm.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS ON OUR 2014 SEEDY SATURDAY!
Hali celebrates 10th Anniversary: Thanks to everyone who visited and contributed in some way to make our 10th Anniversary Open House and Market on November 30 and December 1, 2012 such a milestone event!
Sincere Appreciation and Gratitude to all: Our District of Saanich, our Farmers, Neighbours, Board, Volunteers and Community, and VanCity
who support this community organic farm.