Happy Summer and into Fall

Hali FarmstandSaanich Harvest Days.  Farm Stand Open  September 13 and14

Hali is participating in a peninsula-wide celebration of this summer’s abundant harvest, taking place in various locations next weekend, from September 12 to 14. Come and check out our farmstand, which will be open Saturday from 11 until 5pm, and Sunday from 11am till 3pm.

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! CTV’s Foodie Friday sampled Hali’s 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.

Winter Food Box has space available!2013SpringVegBox

Pick up is at the farm between 11 and 6. Sign up asap. at halifoodbox@gmail.com. Delivery is available for an extra charge of $6 per week packed and delivered to your door every Wednesday. For more details on the Food Boxes and how to sign up, check our Food Box page.

2013August07FarmstandSmilingSunflower_creditElmarieRobertsOur Farm Stand is open

Wednesdays only from 11-5. Excellent source of fresh farm produce and community: Certified organic native plants, preserves and exceptional variety of delicious seasonal produce.

Where to find our produce?

Moss St. Market 10-2 on Saturdays and Oaklands Market every Wednesday. Check out the Moss Street Market and Oaklands Market websites for directions.   Our Farm Stand is open on Wednesdays from 11-5 and looks stunning, stocked with pure, delicious food. Also find us at the Downtown Farmers Market, in the Hudson building, between Fisgard and Herald Streets, every Wednesday from 11-3 where we have a table with the best and very affordable produce from the farms.  Direct orders can be placed at the farm e-mail.

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, student activities and building a healthy ecosystem. $8 per person. Group rate of 10 or more persons $50.

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

The wetland work parties take place on Sundays for the wetland restoration and the first Saturday of the month March – October for the farming section. 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.

Our 2nd annual Seedy Saturday event on March 1, 2014

Thank You to our guest speaker, Dr Elizabeth Vibert, for her Story of an African Women’s Farm and to everyone who dropped in at our 2nd annual Hali Seedy Saturday: local vendors and farmers who sold certified organic fresh produce, seeds, native plants, seedlings and gifts!

Last Year’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 first Seedy Saturday event for Hali was significant in 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.

Hali celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2012: 
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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