Sundog Vegetables is a small-scale organic farm in North Saanich, BC, started with the goal of organically growing high-quality produce for local markets. The 2014 season will be our 4th growing season. We started out on a 1 acre lot surrounded by hundreds of acres of conventional blueberries in Delta, BC, in February 2011. In spring of 2012 we were invited to share 3 acres of wonderfully rich peaty soil in Cloverdale (Surrey, BC) at Clover Valley Organic Farm, which has been growing organically since 1979. After two growing seasons, we moved our farm operations to North Saanich on Vancouver Island (yes, this included taking our ducks and chickens on the ferry). We are currently renting 2.5 acres of land that has not been farmed for a decade or so, with beautiful Garry oaks, a small pond, and about 30 fruit trees.
Sundog Vegetables is our attempt to see if we can make a living from farming. Adam, a former science teacher, focuses on growing vegetables, and Sam, an astrophysicist (no, really) is raising the heritage-breed chickens and ducks that give us tasty eggs while also performing valuable weeding, pest management, and fertilizing services. Sylvia plays in the dirt, watches the animals, samples the vegetables, and ensures that we can’t work TOO much. In addition to vegetables we usually also have a few rows of “experimental” crops, like quinoa, field corn, small grains, and drying beans, which we grow for the learning experience, rather than market.
Sundog, though not certified as organic, uses organic methods and we welcome inquiries about farming practices. Our own farming philosophy has been informed by permaculture principles and Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” ideas, and practices have developed from studying Eliot Coleman’s New Organic Gardener and through guidance from local organic farmers. Adam learned the practice of vegetable farming at the UBC Farm as a volunteer, and at Glen Valley Organic Farm as an apprentice.
We will be selling from our farm and through a small CSA this season which is always accepting new subscribers, and we may sell at one of the local farmer’s markets.