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Celista
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 64
Persons: 4 max
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 57835
Region: BC, South Central

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Last Updated: January 8, 2020

Our farm is situated in a summer and winter outdoors paradise. With 160 acres to play with, including 70 acres of lush cedar, spruce, larch and birch forest, we are blessed with a 15 acre bog and two year round creeks fed by the bog and springs within the property. We are excited about going into year three after having generated a lot of interest in the surrounding communities during our first two summers. The farmer has a background in genetics and microbiology, and travelled the world for eight years, learning from farms and communities around the world, practising and innovating the future of sustainable, regenerative farming, and permaculture. If the workload stays under control you might be able to convince him to share his other passion as a yoga teacher.

We are firmly rooted in our intentions to become a dedicated demonstration farm and educational facility, so the opportunity to learn and make mistakes are hopefully far greater than if you were to apprentice with any other farm, we hope. "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." In the end, we don't really want to grow food for people, we would prefer to teach people to grow their own food in a completely natural, supercharged kinda way, and in a world of such uncertainty, we are happy to share the magic of natural farming and building methods with anyone excited to take control of their own destiny.

We sell our produce, fruit, meat, honey and herbs (culinary and medicinal) through several local restaurants, two local farmers markets, and through our newly built and already very popular farm store. We built this store over the course of a weekend workshop in June 2017 in the 'slip-straw' building style with straw and clay. There is still some work to do finishing off the store, giving apprentices a chance to leave their mark on the farm through some creative endeavours.

Join us while we are still in the infancy of building our soil food web in our 3 acres of no till, raised bed gardens in the style of Jean Martin Fortier, and share in the learning as we tweak this system to become a little more self sustaining as we build a true, closed loop farming system. We build fungal, Elaine Ingham style composts all summer, have huge worm farms, and our worm/compost/comfrey tea runs 24/7 and is used at every step of the way. We employ crop rotations, cover crops, use our flail mower to add green manures to our beds, and mulch when possible. The gardens have their own sound system so that we can play ourselves and the plants melodies to help us grow (not exactly a sustainable system, but always nice to have some music in the gardens), and we hope to demonstrate how these natural systems can result in highly productive gardens producing nutrient dense produce in a way that we hope is in tune with the rhythms of nature.

Year three will also see the continued planning and implementing of some innovative soil building techniques (holistic rotational grazing methods with our animials) as we prepare the land for our big project, a tiered pond and wetland system surrounded by the innovative and highly diverse 'permaculture orchard' system. There are 45 acres to develop this unique undertaking, so the fun is just beginning.

Enjoy the perks of having small herds of Nubian goats for milk and cheese, chickens, ducks, bees, and our endangered heritage mulefoot pigs as we try and balance the hard work of agriculture with the good life of enjoying the fruits of our own labour. We have a few fruit trees, as well as a ton of berry bushes of all kinds in the gardens, and the property and forest are littered with wild raspberries, salmonberries, and strawberries, as well as an incredible diversity of medicinal herbs and mushrooms which we collect, use, and sell through our markets. Beaches are just minutes away, and amazing hiking and mountain biking are in every direction on and off the farm! Choose from a bed in the house, move into our small cabin, or move our tent trailer or 3 bed rv around the property to enjoy the diverse views! Lots of accommodation options to suit every personality.

Our newest project is a small food bus, which was given to us to use for at least the summer by a friend. We're going to create weekly seasonal menus in collaboration with some of the local chefs, but any nomadic chefs are welcome to join us to help out!

We have a flexible pay structure, which includes a monthly, increasing stipend, and the opportunity for open, transparent profit sharing. We believe that the future of agriculture lies in communal endeavours, and don't see the value in paying minimum wage or even a bit better. Your hard work should be rewarded with real opportunity to share in the profits of what you have created, so feel free to contact us about the details of our profit sharing system.

Let's grow some food!

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