Local Spotlight: March 27th, 2009

March 27, 2009

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and significant assets to the community. They understand that a marathon of hard work and perseverance goes into being successful, and that it’s tough to achieve without a strong network of collaborators and supporters.

Here’s what these 6 businesses have learned along the way:

K & M Farms

28494 Maclure Road, Aldergrove, BC
Ph: 604-857-8912
Email: kmfarms@shaw.ca
Web: www.kmfarms.blogspot.com

In their own words:

K & M farms raises chickens, turkeys and beef like your grandmother did – the natural way – outside on pasture with no antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by products!

What’s your secret?

“Start slow,” says Mark Robbins, who originally started the farm as a side project, but has seen it grow considerably in the past few years. “It’s also important not to lose sight of the big picture.”

Lowland Herb Farm

5685 Lickman Rd, Chilliwack, B.C.
Ph: 604-858-4216
Email: info@lowlandherbfarm.com
Website: www.lowlandherbfarm.com

In their own words:

We have 35 years of experience growing herbs organically. We use biodynamic and sutainable practices so that our comprehensive and unique list is incorporated into our landscape/farm/greenhouse/Qltuts (walfrin cold frames) for maximum efficiency, consistency and unique flavours and quality with amazing keeping ability of our fresh product.

What’s your secret?

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, so I’m proud that I’ve hung in for so long, and proud to be a small scale and organic farm,” says owner Boni Townsend. “I am a devotee of working cooperatively, and serving the needs of our cooperative. In a world of limited resources, this takes precident over profit.”

Silverhill Apple Orchard

30111 Silverhill Ave., Mission, B.C.
Ph. 604-820-7957
Email: orchard1@telus.net
Website: www.bcfarmfresh.com/farm.asp?id=29

In their own words:

Come visit our Orchard and Country Store in the beautiful Silverdale area of SW Mission. We offer one of the best selections available of local and naturally grown produce under our Protective Crop Tunnels. This latest intensive and environmentally friendly growing method allows us to grow an even greater variety of products without the use of toxic chemicals.

What’s your secret?

“Providing the best quality product, grown with love. And, for us, taking our production costs into careful consideration, and making sure to follow all the government regulations.”

BCFRESH INC.

# 201-7560 Vantage Way, Delta, B.C.
Ph. 604-946-3139
Email: gerrit@bcfreshinc.com
Website: www.bcfreshinc.com

In their own words:

“BCFresh is 100% locally owned and operated. Our root vegetables are grown by 32 families throughout the Fraser Valley, many of whom have been growing BCFresh produce for for or five generations. Much care is taken to ensure that only the freshest, highest quality produce reaches your dinner table. Look for BCFresh products at your local grocer.”

What’s your secret?

“Be patient, get your name out there,” says Gerrit of BCFresh. “You have to get your network going. It takes a lot of time, so make sure to just keep going.”

Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm

49350 Prairie Central Rd, Chilliwack, B.C.
Ph. 604-794-3999
Email: farm@forstbauer.com
Website: http://www.forstbauer.com

In their own words:

Founded in 1977, the Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm is a Certified Organic farm in Chilliwack. Mary and Hans Forstbauer were pioneers in the early organic farming movement, and are still farming with integrity and passion.

What’s your secret?

“We’re involved with a lot of associations, including the BC Farmer’s Market Association, Canada Association of Farmers Markets, and the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupons Program,” says Mary Forstbauer. “It’s also important to listen, and really hear what people are saying instead of just waiting to speak. You also have to do your research, and take a step of faith.”

Painted River Farm

218 Barnston Island, Surrey
Ph. 604-581-2665
Email: paintedriverfarm@skyweb.ca
Website: www.paintedriverfarm.ca

In their own words:

Painted River Farm, locared on Barnston Island, produced naturally raised beef and goat meat. We do not use hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides on our land. We were the first SPCA-certified beef producers in BC, and sell our products from our farm gate in the fall.

What’s your secret?

“We produce naturally-raised SPCA-certified beef, that’s a great product, raised very well for the general public, and with passion towards our animals,” says Donna Gilmore. “It’s important to do your homework, and talk with people if you don’t know something.”

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