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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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Harker’s Organics

“That’s my brothers in our first fruit stand right here on this spot…that must have been in the 50’s…see they’ve got a tomato, an oversized cucumber and three apples for sale,” Bruce laughs at the now faded black and white blow up hanging in the rafters of their landmark roadside stand. Bruce and Kathy Harker were some of the first in the Similkameen Valley to turn to organics. The area is now the Organic Capital of Canada, with over 80 certified organic orchardists, ground-croppers and vineyards. Both the Harkers and their neighbors the Nugterens are conservation partners with The Land Conservancy, getting involved in restoring native vegetation and protecting their part of the incredible valley.

Bruce and Kathy lived in Vancouver until they moved to Cawston to work the land that Bruce’s grandparents had worked. Fourth generation Harkers are now busy harvesting heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, specialty squash and bins and bins of apples and pears. The Harker’s coordinate the packing and handling of tree fruit for many other area farmers, who pack, market and ship to markets in Canada and the U.S. in their “Harvest Moon” boxes.

Troy and Sara Harker now run the day-to-day operations overseeing the farm and the wholesale operations. They work with many of the growers in the Similkameen and Okanagan insuring high quality and superb service with everything they do.

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Crops

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Gooseberries, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Green Beans, Eggplant, Basil, Onions, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Zucchini, Squash & Tomatoes

Location:

Cawston, BC

Certification

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Heartachers

Growers Ron Schneider and Andrea Turner of Heart Acher Farms have been farming organically for more than 35 years. They are part owners of the Direct Organics Plus packing house and distribution centre for organic growers in Cawston. Their company gives them a place to pack their fruit, and also a means to get it from Cawston into the city. Ron and Andrea grow nine varieties of plums, as well as apricots, pears, cherries, and heirloom apples.

Crops

Apples, Peaches, Pears & Plums

Location:

Cawston, BC

Certification

PACS

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Homegrown Organic Farms

Since 1988, John and Cindy France have represented over 40 family growers in California and Oregon, and take pride in providing small organic farmers with an easy avenue to market their crops. In total, their growers tend over 3,500 acres of organic fruits.

The growers of Homegrown see themselves not only as farmers but as stewards of the land, supporting the organics industry for the betterment of both consumers and the environment. They enjoy gathering insight into the opinions of their buyers, and their webpage contains a forum in which consumers are invited to share their personal reasons for buying organic.

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Crops

Apricots, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemons, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Plums, Pluots & Pomegranates

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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Sundance Farm

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.

Crops

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, PEars, Plums, Eggplant, Bell Peppers, Squash & Tomatoes

Location:

Cawston, BC

Certification

PACS

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Sproule

Established in 1946, Sproule & Sons Farm is family owned and operated. In Fall 2010, Neil and Jacqui Sproule completed their 21 acre conversion to organic.The Sproule family prides itself on their environmental stewardship, “We are excited to be moving in the direction of self-reliance rather than depending on the fertilizer and pesticide industry”, says Neil. They’re also keen to let you know that farm visits and farm gate sales are available. Farm tours are available in English or American Sign Language.

At Sproule & Sons Farm they do our own sorting and grading right on site, so all of their fruit goes directly from the trees to the cooler. With this in mind you can always expect top quality, freshness and outstanding flavor from Sproule & Sons.

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Crops

Cherries, Grapes, Peaches & Plums

Location:

Oyama, BC

Certification

BCARA

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