Organic conversations

Find us at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9-12 at the Headquarters Fair Grounds. This week, we had delicious greens from Amara Farm┬áincluding gorgeous bok choi, spinach leaves the size of your face, mizuna & komatsuna (mild mustard greens), kale, cilantro and radishes.

We’re gearing up at the farms for a great summer of overflowing CSA bins and happy eaters! At Amara Farm, greens are growing wildly in the mild greenhouse climates. Arzeena has been working hard to keep planting new crops, and we are excited to say our June crops are looking good so far!

It’s been a dry spring, but we are getting our irrigation systems set up early and enjoying farming in tank tops in April.

Both Amara and Ripple Farm are raising many new layer hen chicks so we can offer eggs later this summer. We will be letting you know when we have eggs available.

Conversations about organics

This week at the Farmers’ Market, I had some interesting conversations with customers about organic farming practices, and genetically modified foods. I really appreciate customer questions about whether our practices involve genetically-modified seed and inputs. As transitional to certified organic farms, we can assure you that we do not use GMO seeds, inputs, or feed for our animals at Amara or Ripple Farm.

As we gear up for our organic inspections this week, we’re feeling great about being a part of this growing community of farmers who are committed to practicing small-scale, ecologically-conscious agriculture. We are excited to be a part of a growing movement of farmers who want to maintain seeds as a public resource, and healthful food production in our communities. We are happy to talk to you any time about your questions about our growing practices, and what organic really means!