Our farmers work hard in the fields – long days, hot days, cold days, rainy days – to plant, water, weed, harvest and finally take their crops to market each and every week during the growing season. Here are some of our farmers at work this summer selling their beautiful food at Moss Street Market. Maybe we’ll see you there tomorrow?
It’s coming! Saturday January 13, 2018 will be our third annual Saanich Seedy Saturday at the Gardens at HCP. We have a very few vendor spaces available if you’re quick, so please get in touch if you’re interested! We are looking forward to another well-attended event, and excited to announce not one but two amazing speakers. Chef-forager Bill Jones of Deerholme Farm will speak on Gardening with Mushrooms. Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds will be promoting his new book on Awesome Grains & Seeds. We’ll be promoting many of our other friends and supporters, as well as our own on-farm events, including the Haliburton EcoFarm School.
Think your garden is too small, too dark, too rocky to grow food? Come along and tour these amazing backyard gardens next Saturday September 9, from 10am to 4pm. The owners have shoehorned veggies into unlikely places and brought food and beauty to small, dark or challenging spaces.
Here’s a brochure that describes the 14 gardens on the tour, to help you plan your day. More details on Facebook.
We love our pollinators on the farm. Here’s a chance to spend two days learning more about them from our amazing biodiversity experts James & Kristen Miskelly, with Dr Lora Morandin:
Topics include the unique ecology of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, bee and butterfly biology and identification, monitoring for pollinators, and restoring habitat for pollinators with native plants. The workshop is for naturalists, farmers, gardeners, students, and land managers; anyone that would like to better understand our diverse pollinator communities and how you can help them. Classroom and outdoor activities.
Space is limited so sign up soon. To register, please email Lora. 2 days; Saturday & Sunday June 17-18, 2017; $175
We’ve been working hard to put together a truly rich and diverse program of study for our EcoFarm students, and have a sample program for you to take a look at. We’re all pretty excited about it!
The classes cover a huge range of topics, from ethnobotany, to planning your farm business, to Coast Salish food systems, to growing food for special diets. There’s lots of hands-on practice: propagation, fermentation, pruning, cooking, meadowscaping… and field trips to the many local farms, sites of ethnographic interest, and food production & marketing locations that bring the coursework to life.
Check out the draft program here!
As the Snow Moon rises over the end of a frosty week, it’s time to give you news of our 2017 food boxes, now available for subscription over on our Food Box page.
For the third year in a row, we’ve kept our prices the same ($20/week for Spring and $28/week for Summer). People paying with credit and debit cards will notice a small increase this year in the cost of the Summer food box, due to banking charges; if you prefer to pay by cheque, e-transfer or cash, you can avoid those charges.
A couple of other changes this year: we’re no longer offering a Fairfield pick-up, so all subscribers will have a chance to come to the farm and see where their food is grown.
And for those who don’t like absolutely everything they get every week, we’re introducing a Trade Box. If you don’t care for one item and see another in the Trade Box that you prefer, you can do a swap.
Want to know more? Check out our Food Box FAQs. Subscription numbers will be limited, so reserve yours now!
We are proud and delighted to have been named Food Security EcoStars in the 2016 Eco-Star Awards! The category honours An organization or business working to secure and localize the food economy. We commend our fellow nominees, Blue Roots Farm and LifeCycles Project Society, and are grateful to the category’s sponsor, Whole Foods Market, for its support and encouragement.