OUR Farm & Food Production

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OUR Ecovillage has approximately nine acres in food production, including greenhouses, propagated gardens, food forests, animals areas and grazing space. As with all areas of our site, permaculture is always on our mind as we plan and grow as much food as possible to meet our community’s needs.

We work with some challenges on site, including our soil. Given our location, much of our growing space is occupied by some variation of glacial till, which is not the most naturally-inviting medium in which to grow! In order to work around this, we make raised beds and do a lot of sheet mulching, which utilises recycled cardboard and yard waste to quickly and efficiently build good soil. It is an on-going project in our gardens!

greenhaus-600OUR main garden area is set up in zones, where the plants which require the most care and attention, as well as those which we use the most are closest to the common area, greenhouses, and kitchens, while the more self-sufficient and less-often harvested plants are further away.

One of our newer crops, which we are very excited about, is citrus! With the help of Bob and Verna Duncan from North Saanich (Fruit Trees and More) we are learning about how very possible it is to grow citrus on Southern Vancouver Island, without the need for artificial fertilizers or heated greenhouses. A simple strand of the ‘old’ Christmas lights and a heat sink made from cob walls and recycled glass creates enough protection from our mild winter to overwinter our orange and mandarin trees. We hope to be able to start harvesting next year.

welcom-home-violet-400We also incorporate poultry and other animals into our food systems. We pasture raise heritage breeds of animal, which are heartier and thrive on our pasture. A typical mix of animals might include a laying flock of Rhode Island Red hens, Muscovy ducks, our turkeys (a Bronze/wild cross), some milk goats, a cow or calf, some Berkshire hogs, and our mixed flock of ewes.

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Land acknowledgment

OUR ECOVILLAGE is situated on unceded Indigenous lands. The Coast Salish Peoples are the guardians of these lands and waters where we live, work, pray, and play. Quw’utsun (Cowichan) is a historical place of gathering and Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun/”one-heart one-mind” for many Indigenous peoples.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is committed to regenerate land and all ecosystems while acknowledging and respecting Indigenous knowledge that ensures thriving for all beings; we call this Permaculture.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is dedicated to continuously educating ourselves and our communities about the history and peoples of OUR bio-region, to assist in decolonization and re-villaging as a path towards peacemaking, from local to global.