Our farming practices follow organic growing principles.
We use composts, manures, and cover crops to build soils and encourage microbial life, that in turn, grow great vegetables.
Our 5 acres is a special place made up of sections of long vegetable garden beds, grasslands with wild flowers, natural forested areas, and a tributary of the Black Creek, which runs along the edge of the back field. We encourage hedgerows where we have planted fruit trees, elderberries and allow the wild Nootka roses to flourish. We have put up over 30 birdhouses around the farm and they are thriving with swallows, robins, chickadees, and other wild birds we do not know the names of. Diversification on your land, of animals, plants, birds, insects, etc, ensures a healthy ecosystem for all.
What Farmer Brian grows:
We specialize in leafy greens. Our number one product is our mixed salad greens with scattered edible flower petals. You can find bags of them at Edible Island and both Discovery Foods, on Vancouver Island. We sell them at the Comox Valley Farmers Market, and of course, here in the Farm Store. We grow a lot of red and green lettuce varieties, spinach, mizuna, arugula, kale, chard, frisse, and radicchio, that go into the salad mix and are also sold by themselves.
In the early Spring, we sell plant starts for your gardens. Lots of herbs, at least 10 varieties of tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, all the different greens, elderberry cuttings, zucchinis, squash, rhubarb, edible flowers, etc. We also carry a good selection of seeds from Good Earth Farms. They are just down the highway from us!
In the summer months, the shelves and tables are laden with Carrots, all kinds of tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, celery, zucchinis, eggplants, peas, beans, onions, squash, fennel, herbs, and so much more. We love growing such a variety for our customers.
From day old chicks until 8 weeks of age, our meat chickens have a happy life. When they are about 5 days old, we open the door to the brooder house, and they start to take their first steps outside. Once they get out into the world, there is no stopping these chickens. They have a huge fenced area with fresh grass, logs and branches to hop onto, bushes and treed areas for shade and protection from aerial predators, and ample sunlight, fresh water and non-gmo feed to snack on. We believe that these things create healthy, happy, and great tasting chickens. They are available frozen between May and September.