News from the farm


Warmest thanks to all our friends and neighbours who’ve come by to buy our beautiful certified organic produce over the spring, summer and fall. Your next opportunity to visit the farm to stock up on organic produce and preserves will be our Christmas Open House on Saturday December 6 between 10 and 2. Come out to celebrate with us. Gifts, preserves, fresh produce and refreshments, farm and biodiversity tours available. follow us on Facebook.

Hali FarmstandWhere else to find our produce?

We’re indoors at Moss Street’s winter market from 10-12 on Saturdays. You can also find us at the Downtown Public Market at the Hudson every Wednesday from 11-3 featuring the best and very affordable produce from the farms. Our Farm Stand is now closed for the season.

Winter Food Box 2013SpringVegBox

Our winter food box runs from October 22 till November 26 on Wednesdays. For more details on the Food Boxes and how to sign up next year, watch our Food Box page.

Haliburton farm tourGuided Farm tours of a certified organic Community Farm

Guided by a Board member or Farmer. Please enquire at the farm or our email address.  Tours explore the Community Farm model, Wetland restoration, Growing Food throughout the year, student activities and building a healthy ecosystem. $8 per person. Group rate of 10 or more persons $50.

Our 3rd annual Seedy Saturday event coming up in January

Watch this space for details of our third annual Seedy Saturday event at the farm, which will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015. There will be a guest speaker (tba) plus local vendors and farmers selling certified organic fresh produce, seeds, native plants, seedlings and gifts!

Saanich Harvest Days

This summer Hali participated in a Saanich Harvest Days, a peninsula-wide celebration of this summer’s abundant harvest, taking place in various locations in Saanich where pure food can be obtained locally.

Hali on Film

Moonrise Photography @imageMoonrise Photography took some utterly lovely photos of the farms at Haliburton, and the delicacies you will find in our food boxes. Check them out by clicking on this mailbox to the right:

Hali also starred in the Foodie Friday feature on CTV News recently! Check out CTV’s archives on Foodie Friday – edible flowers.

Congratulations! It’s a…long-toed salamander!

Long-Toed SalamanderOrganic farming works best within healthy ecosystems, and those can sometimes be found, or made, in urban settings like Hali’s. Our wetlands restoration project has been one of Hali’s biggest projects, led by amphibian specialist Purnima Govindarajulu. After many years of work and waiting, we’ve finally had proof that it’s all been worthwhile – Purnima is proud to announce the arrival of long-toed salamander larvae, born and bred in the pond of our very own wetlands. If you haven’t followed the progress made in this one-of-a-kind urban biodiversity project – turning a weedy corner of the property into a thriving wetlands – check out our video.

Growing Food Victoria

The course includes permaculture and organic farming techniques to help you to grow delicious fruits and vegetables. Course runs March to September at the farm and at Royal Roads – classes held early evenings and weekends. Get your name on the list for 2015 at Gaia College.

Work Parties

First Saturday of the month on the farming section and wetland. Please register at the farm e/mail and ask to be put on the e/mail list for the next work party. A great way to learn hands-on about our wetland restoration project, and become part of the Hali community! (The potluck lunches are fun too!)

Our Cooler makes a difference

Our new walk-in cooler has greatly helped us manage our produce. Subscribers to the food box program have appreciated its chillability (some Summer days more than others!). For funding and building it, we owe most grateful thanks to the Sidney Rotary Club, plus our own Board and Farmer support. Most of all we thank Doug Kleckner for building a beautiful structure and Cosmo Pessoa for his outstanding efforts in seeking fundraising for the cooler. We are actively seeking funding for the roof which protects it from those welcome rains.

Haliburton Community Organic Farm is 14 years old.
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.

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