Some laughed when George Covert bought this desert-like piece of land back in 1959 – but he, his son, and eventually grandson have grown Covert Farms into a cornerstone in organic farming. The family name is well known across numerous provinces with restaurateurs and grocers alike.
After three generations of Coverts managing 130+ acres of ground crops, in 2014 Gene Covert (third generation farmer) turned his focus on winemaking and leased organic food growing to Secrest Organics at Covert Farms. Terry, owner of Secrest Organics, has been leading our organics production for a number of years; we consider Terry and his family to be part of the extended Covert family.
Today Covert Farms remains a leader in quality organic fruit and vegetable growing in the Okanagan through Secrest Organics – a major shipper of fresh field tomatoes, sweet onions, sweet corn, muskmelons and table grapes. Secrest Organics at Covert Farms supplies fruit stands and major wholesalers in western Canada, while continuing the tradition of offering fresh produce to the retail public. Our goal is to support a healthy community and help grow agri-tourism in the South Okanagan.
Grapes, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Strawberries, Beets, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Amaranth, Purslane, Onions, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Tomatoes & Tomatillos
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Joe and Alma Siri are continuing a tradition of growing high quality vegetables started by Antonio Siri, Joe’s great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant. The main crops on their 180 acre farm – bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, cilantro, radishes, spinach, green onions, and four types of lettuce – “have been perfected over generations.” Everything is grown organically using sustainable farming practices.
Joe and his crew packs radishes, spinach, broccoli, onions and lettuce bound for New Seasons Markets in reusable containers instead of the industry standard disposable waxed boxes as part of the Siri’s ongoing effort to create a sustainable distribution system. The program kept 8,000 wax boxes out of the waste stream thanks to a small grant from the Clackamas County Recycling department to OGC.
Siri and Sons supplies their sumptuous spinach to Portland area schools. The farm-school connection was forged in December, 2006 by Ecotrust, a Portland nonprofit organization.
Green Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Celery Root, Chard, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, Parsnips, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnips & Squash
John Givens’ coastal community’s unique climate helps their farm maintain vibrant, sustainable lands which support animals and insects and provide open breathing space. Along with the wonderful climate, they are blessed with rich soil and gentle topography, all of which contribute to consistently excellent growing years.
Strawberries, Green Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dandelions, Dill, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Squash, Zucchini & Tomatoes
Trevor and Debbie Evans have been farming organically in the Similkameen Valley since 1978. One of the founding organic farming families in the area, Trevor recalls a time when his conventional neighbours laughed at the idea of growing without chemicals and pesticides. “They called us worm farmers,” he explains.
Now the Similkameen Valley is considered the organic growing capital of Canada, being home to more organic farmers than any other small region in the country. After more than a decade running a farmer run packing house, a few years ago Trevor and Debbie decided to step back to focus on their own Sundance Farms. Though tomatoes were their first love, Trevor and Debbie began growing tree fruits in the early 1980’s and now cultivate thirteen varieties of apples, six types of pears as well as Apricots and Peaches.
From his days helping found SOOPA, one of BC’s organic certifiers, to mentoring the folks who work the farm with him, Trevor and Debbie and their family are committed to fostering organics in their home province.
Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, PEars, Plums, Eggplant, Bell Peppers, Squash & Tomatoes
Named for founders Emil and Elizabeth Kowalski, Two EE’s was first established as a dairy farm and fruit stand before WWII and ran steadily on a modest scale until it was purchased by the Schoen family in 1960. Ambitious young horticulturist Henk Schoen and his wife Jenny expanded the fruit and produce selection of the farm, raising nine children on the flourishing, expanding property.
Henk was naturally drawn to chemical-free farming as he watched early fertilizers and pesticides hit the market, many of them derivatives of toxic gases used in warfare. Since the 60’s he experimented with natural fertilizers and pest control on his own. Henk’s youngest son Mike, who holds a Horticulture Technician ceritificate and a diploma in Greenhouse Management, now manages organic growing on the farm. For him, organics are something he has known since childhood, an inspiring element of his family history and, with six children of his own, a promise of a bright and healthy future.
Artichokes, Green Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Celery Root, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Corn, Daikon, Dandelion, Fennel, Gai Lan, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, Parsley Root, Peas, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach & Squash