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Across the Creek Organics

Across The Creek Organics is located in the Pemberton Valley, 100 miles north of Vancouver. Operating since 1912, this 500 acre farm rests on the Lillooet river flood plains, and is one of the largest B.C. providers of organic potatoes. Half the land consists of wild wetlands and old growth cedar groves, making for a uniquely beautiful and fertile farm, part of the Land Conservancy Agricultural Partners program as well.

Bruce and Brenda Miller are not only Certified Organic, but also carry certification as seed potato providers within this highly restricted potato seed quarantine area. They ship across the country, featuring varieties like the Red Chieftain, White Cascade and German Butter. They also sell a wide range of goods to supportive local restaurants and markets, and the local spirit makers, Schramm Vodka .

Bruce and Brenda are pictured with their sons (right to left) Will, Liam, Sean, Jesse, and Rony.

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Crops

Potatoes – Banana (Fingerling), Cascade, Kennebec, Purple (Russian Blue), Red chieftain, Russet Norkotah, Sieglinde (German Butter)

Location:

Pemberton, BC, Canada

Certification

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PACS

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All Seasons

Locally-owned by Frank Moscone and John Hoksbergen, All Seasons Mushrooms Inc., in Langley is one of the most prominent mushroom producers on the West Coast of Canada. Established in 1997, All Seasons offers a full line of mushrooms all year round.

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Crops

Mushrooms

Location:

Langley, BC

Certification

FVOPA

FVOPA

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Beryles Organic Paradise

Farming organically since 1998, Beryle Oravec is a ‘hands on’ kind of lady. Each week during harvest time, she makes the trek from her farm in Oliver BC to Discovery Organics herself.

When asked why she chooses to farm organically, Beryle quips “Well, I don’t like poison and because I have kids who will walk right out into the field, pick something and eat it, dirt and all.” Beryle has dedicated over 5 years to SOOPA, a BC organic certifying body, and she now sits on their board of directors. She believes that organic is the right way to go, especially for small farms. She’s expanding on her crop mix, this year trialing baby eggplants, sweet peppers, and lemon cucumbers.

Crops

Melon, Plums, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Peppers & Tomatoes

Location:

Oliver, BC

Certification

PACS

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Bhumi Farm

Jim and Helen’s farm in the close-knit, high-altitude community of Venables Valley is truly unique, and demonstrates an impressive devotion to sustainability. Their farm is off the grid: irrigation water and domestic electricity are pumped by a micro-hydro installation. Bhumi Farm specializes in crops that thrive in the region’s unique short dry season with snow on the ground from October until April. Their primary crops are horseradish, rhubarb, and “sunchokes,” also known as [jerusalem artichokes.]*

Over 5 years, Jim developed a sustainable forestry plan for his land. By adding 60% of his land to an adjacent crown land parcel, he now controls a 2000 acre woodlot made up of thick stands of scrub pine. Currently he makes fence-posts and rails from the harvested wood with the intention of setting up a treatment facility to process them organically on a commercial scale. He plans to supply organic farms with an economical alternative to fence-posts treated with heavy metals, which aren’t allowed under organic standards.

Crops

Cabbage, Carrots, Horseradish, Rhubarb & Sunchokes

Location:

Ashcroft, BC

Certification

PACS

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Destiny Lane

When asked how he started farming, Destin has a pretty unusual response. “Well, I was playing piano in a bar in Belize when I met this guy…” Destin ended up operating a rice plantation for 3 years in Belize before a yearning to return to Canada and explore the fertile Similkameen Valley  drew him back. Although he had no serious plan when he began in 1990, he now favours a handful of crops. Red onions are one of his specialties, as are carrots. Destin and Holly are working with their horses to train them as a team to help with cultivating. Destin feels that working with horses and integrating them in the farm is a natural fit for organic growing. While many growers plant cover crops like rye or alfalfa to bind the soil over-winter or as part of a crop rotation, Destin looks to cereal grains that are also good feed crops for his horses and uses quinoa, kamut, wheat, oats and barley for his crop rotations instead. Sahara, Spring and Jango range freely in natural grasses that grow in “set-asides” bordering the fields as well, and although originally concerned about the impact on wildlife, Destin notes that the long billed curlews and other birds share these areas with the horses with little concern.

Crops

Beets & Carrots

Location:

Destiny Lane, BC

Certification

PACS

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Eatmore

Eatmore Sprouts is one of B.C.’s best organic success stories. Eatmore brand sprouts are found at most natural food stores and major grocery retailers across the West Coast. Eatmore produces over 10 different sprout mixes from greenhouses in the Comox Valley (north Vancouver Island). Glen and Carmen Wakeling are the principals of Eatmore Sprouts, and they have been harvesting alfalfa, sunflower, clover and broccoli sprouts for 15 years. Glen says he finds that, to put it simply, “growing good food is very rewarding.”

Eatmore operates on three very efficcient acres of land that also includes a salad mix operation and an intensive market garden farm. The sprout operation includes composting and waste water management systems, and the soil is constantly renewed through careful cover-cropping.

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Crops

Lettuce, Spinach & Sprouts

Location:

Courtenay, BC

Certification

PACS

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Emperor Specialty Foods

Initially founded in 1986 as a Shiitake mushroom producer, in 1995 Emperor Specialty Foods switched from producer to distributor, eventually becoming the first Canadian company to handle regular ocean shipments of mushrooms from China. They have also become a source for wildcrafted specialty mushrooms like Lobster, Morel and Chanterelle sourced in the Pacific Northwest.

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Crops

Mushrooms & Fiddleheads

Location:

Richmond, BC

Certification

FVOPA

FVOPA

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Farmhouse Lifestyle

FarmHouse Lifestyle was established in 1998 as a family owned and operated organic & sustainable farm business. The farm consists of 10 acres of land in the Fraser River Valley of British Columbia, Canada. The land is producing 7 acres of organic blueberries (variety: Reka) and 3 acres of horticulture, vegetables, herbs, and other fruit. All of our farm is managed without chemical fertilizers or sprays. The green waste generated by the horticulture component of the gardens is composted and added to the blueberry field. This pattern of organic energy creates a polyculture that becomes a synergistic symphony. Our mission statement is “to promote & preserve the elegant simplicity of a farming lifestyle”. To us this means being caretakers of the land that we live and work from, to create an environment & habitat suitable for wild life, as well as our own lives. The farm has become our playground, our zoo, our park, our entertainment. It is our friend and teacher. It gives us space to dream and a connection with the natural world. It nourishes us physically and spiritually, and we welcome you to take part in this experience.

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Crops

Blueberries

Location:

Pitt Meadows, BC

Certification

BCARA

BCARA

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Forstbauer Family Farms

Forstbauer Farm is a large Certified Organic vegetable producer, supplying three wholesalers with beets, sugar pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, chard and a wide variety of other vegetables. Mary and her husband Hans have managed to run it and also raise twelve children, an accomplishment in and of itself.

The farm is certified organic with the Biodynamic Association of BC, which Mary is very involved with. She is also the driving force behind the BC Certified Organic check mark logo. The check mark is used by farms that are certified by a BC certifying body as a way of distinguishing homegrown produce on store shelves.

If that wasn’t enough, Mary also runs farm stands at several Lower Mainland farmers’ markets, bringing early spring greens and over-winter crops in June and maintaining the booth all the way into October with potatoes, pickling cukes, freshly dug carrots and bunch beets, rainbow chard and Asian greens.

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Crops

Green Beans, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Zucchini, Squash & Frozen Blueberries

Location:

Chilliwack, BC

Certification

BCARA

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GBE Heirloom Allen Family Farm

Michael Allen ended his career in pro football in order to grow organic heirloom tomatoes with his wife Ana-Liza and their six children, making for a unique and dedicated grower family. A Canadian Football League fumble recovery touchdown record holder, he now tends over 4 acres of greenhouses, committed to preserving heirloom tomato biodiversity and raising responsible, socially aware children who understand environmental issues. GBE Organic tomatoes reflect the love and hard work of the Allen family.

Michael wants people to be clear, they are not growing hydroponically. The GBE greenhouse is 100% real organic soil. They grow directly in the ground as if you were outdoors, only with the protection of the glass from the rain.

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Crops

Eggplant, Melons, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Basil, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers & Tomatoes

Location:

Chilliwack, BC

Certification

OCIA

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