We’re Forest and Graeme (and Tomato)
As you're reading this, we are having a go at our second season of farming; we are enthusiastic gardeners turned novice farmers.
We met in 2015 and began gardening together in Vancouver for several years, but at the tail-end of 2020 made the decision to relocate to the Okanagan where we began the process of searching for a small piece of land on which we could begin building our dream-ish market garden.
Thanks to the support of the Young Agrarians' BC Land Matching Program in early 2021 we were able to sign a lease on a small ½ acre section of an old berry farm located on the rolling hills in Lake Country, British Columbia.
Since we are so small, we are doing everything we can to limit our impact on the environment. We exclusively use hand tools on the garden and are beginning to adopt a No-Till approach to managing the soil health of the garden beds. We have created and amended our beds with high-quality, organic compost and we do not use any chemical/synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. While we are NOT certified organic, we do follow organic practices and would describe our veggies as organically grown.
As we are new to working on this land, we need to acknowledge that the work we are carrying out is on the unceded territory of the Okanagan/Syilx nation. As we are beginning our journey of working with food and the land, this is a consideration that we continue to keep in the forefront of our thinking, practices, and engagement with the land we are privileged to be on.
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