We hope you'll come by and see us in person but in the meantime, here's a virtual tour to give you a sense of what we're up to!
Our Blenheim Street location is the heart of the farm and our home. The lot is about 1/4 acre which is huge by city standards, making it a natural fit for urban farming!
From the sidewalk, you can see our 1969 Chevy Pickup, 'Lil' in the driveway, 7 beds full of tasty fruits, veggies and herbs, 3 plum trees, lots of containers full of MORE tasty goodness for people, bees and birds, and a cooler of farm fresh eggs on the porch.
We only just got started on this property over the Victoria Day long weekend but we're very excited about it... especially since it is within easy biking distance of home and since the home owners, Clare and James are so cool.
James is going to build a beautiful chicken coop so stay tuned for that and much more to come!
Thanks to some hard working chafer beetles, there was a huge expanse of decimated south facing lawn just waiting for someone to do something with it at the corner of 41st and Blenheim this year. We knocked on the door one day and asked if we could farm it and Shannon was just happy to not have to deal with it herself. We've been extremely busy there ever since. Everything is growing beautifully except for the beans which are a complete mystery. We're doing potatoes in tires along the sidewalk and have lots of lettuce, chard, kale, scallions, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and more!
My friend and neighbour Ann Pacey and I make up City Farm Girls, which is a small chicken operation dedicated to supplying eggs and meat to our local community. We raised 200 baby chicks at Southlands Heritage Farm this spring. They have since moved down to Richmond where they are spending the summer in a heritage apple orchard before moving into the 'big girls coop' in the fall. We're about to start another batch of chicks at KJM Country Gardens which will be meat birds that we'll harvest in a couple of months.
We are also co-farming some of this precious R-1 farmland with Kate and Emi of Yummy Yards.
There will be two markets operating in Southlands this summer, one at KJM on Tuesdays and the other at Southlands Heritage Farm on Sundays. We will be at both markets almost every week so we hope you see you there! Check the events calendar for more information.
We have an acre of farm land in beautiful Steveston, right on the dyke at Gilbert and Dyke Road. This is part of the Richmond Food Security Society's initiative to match new farmers up with unused farm land. There are 3 other farms on the property, each with an acre so we work pretty closely together. We are planning to focus on quinoa at this location.
This is the heritage orchard and organic farm where we keep the City Farm Girls chickens. This beautiful little gem of a farm is hidden under the Oak St. bridge behind Costco. Miles is the very talented young farmer who manages the farm having taken over from his grandfather. We met Miles last summer and quickly began buying up as much of his beautiful tomatoes, parsley, and other delicious produce as we could get our hands on. He has been losing 90% of his apple crop to coddling moth so it was a natural fit to team up and run our chickens in his orchard. The chickens will eat the emerging larvae as they hatch in the ground, saving the apple trees from another year of infestation. Happy chickens, happy trees, and happy people who get to enjoy farm fresh eggs and crisp, juicy, apples that haven't been sprayed with nasty pesticides. Pretty cool huh?