Yes, it’s official – we’ve left the city and moved to the land of the extremely well-postured farmer. We are
enjoying our first week living in the beautiful Pemberton Meadows, and gorgeous weather, unbelievable mountain views and stunning quiet have lured us away from doing any serious work on planning our growing season. We do have most of our seed ordered, and plan to start our onions and leeks indoors this week (though we’re still waiting for some of our seed – seed companies don’t all seem to understand the need to get onions started early). In addition to the alliums, we plan to grow carrots, beets, parsnips, summer squash, winter squash, beans, radishes, salad greens, sweet potatoes, and perhaps some feed grain, as well as raising a flock of 26 laying hens (Bovan’s Browns). All this diverse activity will take place mostly on one acre of the Helmer’s property, with the possible addition of up to one acre further up the valley. We plan to hit the farmer’s markets in Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, and Vancouver, as well as supplying select chefs and friends and family when we’re in the hood. Follow along with us in this first year of discovery – there are sure to be no shortage of entertaining moments!