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**Growing Hope Gift Cards Do Not Apply To Digital Content - Produce & Potted Garden Plants Only**
Pre-ordered garden starts will ensure you have the varieties of plants you want for spring planting! Our garden starts will be ready between April-May. Further details in product description.
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Many new and exciting products will be in store!
SMALL FARM. FAMILY FARM. COOPERATIVE. LOCATED ON THE TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF THE LHEIDLI T’ENNEH
Our Farm operates under a cooperative model. By supporting one another, we work to supply food for our region. Sharing resources, knowledge, skills and tools, we grow a diverse number of crops, forage wild products and create value-added products for the local markets.
In addition to original growers, and farm owners, Andrew and Janie, our team includes: Roanne, Keaton, Jane, Stephen & Val.
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Andrew and Janie met in Alaska and created a home at the base of the McGregor Mountains where they together established Hope Farm Organics. Now with their son Oscar, and dogs Stanley and June, Andrew and Janie operate the farm with the principles of living in harmony with and supporting the ecosystems in which they live.
Andrew and Janie created a mentorship model on the farm by providing education, land, infrastructure and tools for new farmers to enter the profession. Moving forward from this experience, Andrew and Janie are now forming the Hope Farm Co-operative with team members Roanne, Keaton, Stephen, Jane and roselyne.
Janie is often hiding behind the scenes in the farm's social media, but is as integral a piece to our farm, and to local food security, as any of the seeds that are sown. Janie is originally from Quebec. After living in Yellowknife NT, she rode a bike through Alaska and bumped into Andrew. The two moved to Prince George and started Hope Farm Organics after seeing the lack of food security in the North. Janie has a teaching degree from UNBC and teaches at the local francophone school, where she started Prince George's first farm-to-school program. The program gives students a deeper understanding of where food comes from and the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food to further their connection. Janie's commitment to the future is obvious in her devotion to agriculture and children. She truly is the Keystone of the farm and does her fair share of heavy lifting during the season when school is out of session.
Jane’s love for gardening stems from her upbringing on an always-evolving homestead in the Peace Valley, and from spending time with her grandma in the garden at an early age. Jane is a self-proclaimed botanist/naturalist. Her affinity for plants and the natural environment has been nudging her towards cultivating a life that incorporates such aspects. Jane is excited to grow and learn with Hope Farm and to also help provide more local food options for others.
Keaton grew up in Toronto, ON and became interested in sustainable food production as a teenager. He completed a B.Sc. in Forest Ecology and Management with a minor in Soils and the Environment at UNBC in December 2019. After some soul-searching and a farm internship in Ontario, he circled back to his dream of growing organic vegetables near his adopted home of Prince George, BC. Keaton worked on our farm back in 2015, returned to join the coop in 2020 and is looking forward to 2021. Keaton is a real advocate for change in a world that could use it.
Roanne is going on to her 5th season on the farm. As a rookie(ish) farmer, Roanne has embraced the farming bug and is learning the farmer ways under the mentorship and support of Andrew and Janie. With an education in Health Sciences, Roanne is now investing in the health of the community through regenerative organic agriculture and the production of nutritious local food.
Soil is life.
Around 1993 it was predicted by his farmer uncle Les that Steve would be a farmer. Season 2020 was the first step in proving him right and 2021 will be the next! Steve is a nurse by training and values the importance of food as medicine, especially quality local food. He is excited to work with the Hope team as an apprentice, learning as much as he can about anything and everything organic farming. His dog Sunny the Border Collie just wants something, anything, to herd and is also looking forward to another season on the farm.
Val Lucas joined the Hope Farm team after she was invited to forage for golden chanterelles on the farm’s beautiful back 40 with Jen Cote from Moose, Mushrooms & Mud. Val started frequenting the farm as a volunteer, hoping to learn more about agriculture and spend some time alone in a field full of potatoes. They don’t talk back. Val is a descendant of food producers going way back on both sides of her family tree. She loves to get her hands dirty and growing carrots in the 2021 season seems like a very good way to do that! She enjoys brainstorming with Roanne and the other farmers about how to build a food hub in Prince George, and grow the farm’s charity, Growing Hope. Val has a dream of building a thriving community garden in her urban agriculture space in central Prince George. She has an employment background in both communications and education and has an unwavering hope that the farm will continue to thrive and feed the local community!