Happy Summer

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.

Summer Food Box has space available!

Pick up is at the farm between 11 and 6. Sign up asap. at halifoodbox@gmail.com. Delivery is available for the Summer Food Box for an extra charge of $6 per week. Food boxes will be 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.

Our Farm Stand is open

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

Where to find our produce

Moss St. Market is up and running, so please look for us there, 10-2 on Saturdays. Our farm stand is open on Wednesdays from 11 – 5. Also find us at the Downtown Farmers Market, in the Hudson building, between Fisgard and Herald Streets, every Wednesday from 11 – 5.

Guided Farm tours of a certified organic Community Farm

Come and learn about our farm on a tour 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.

Growing Food Victoria

The course includes permaculture and organic farming techniques to help you to grow sustainable delicious fruits and vegetables in your growing area. It runs March through 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. Please register at the farm e/mail and ask to be put on the e/mail list for the next wetland 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!)
Next farming section work party is August 1, 2014. See section above on Volunteering and Work Parties.

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! Photos to follow.

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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