Welcome to the Farm and Nursery.
We propagate and sell fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes and edible vines. We want more of these things in the world and we want you to plant them! Our mission is to help disseminate the greatest possible diversity of food-bearing perennial plants for immediate establishment. Please refer to the availability list and to our first hand experience and advice on which plants have been successful locally, which haven’t, and what both might need in order to thrive.
The nursery began when Peter set out trying to find some of the plants mentioned in the first generation Permaculture textbooks. It became quickly obvious that apples plums and pears were about all that was locally available and everything else was going to take some work. Now, about 10 years later, the nursery stocks both local standbys and a much broader array of more unusual and difficult-to-find edibles that have been drawn from afar.
Please click on the above tab “The Nursery, click here first!” or click here for just the stock list.
Shipping outside of vancouver island is now closed for the spring. I’ll re-open come dormancy in october. Thanks for your interest!
Good news, i’ve listed some newly available plants highlighted in “violet”. The most exciting for me being new plums: Burbank, Santa Rosa, Peach Plum and Toka (I had a good stick grafting year, which is rare with them). Also, tubers: Oca and Crosne (aka Chinese Artichoke). Mashua and Yacon will be available in the fall. New kinds of dwarf cherries – Romeo, Juliet, Crimson Passion and Cupid. And a Saskatoon Berry cultivar called “Honeywood”.
We are a small mixed permaculturally-oriented homestead farm situated on 40 acres. We started working on this land to develop a small education center. In the meantime its all about skills and infrastructure development. Our current activities consist of enlarging a medium-sized annuals garden, growing a large assortment of perennial and annual vegetables and storage crops, maintaining a mixed orchard (of over 160 varieties of fruits/nuts/berries) and its duck and goose associates, managing an edibles nursery, on-site saw-milling and building farm infrastructure, and various other things like making herbal medicine and creating delicious seasonal farm-based foods.
Our dream is a community of happy people working together side by side to produce vibrant fresh foods, 100 mile textiles, self-sufficient medicines, solid structures of wood and earth and inspiration for others to work away from the global-corporate-capital-government apparatus. We value doing-it-yourself, developing local responsibility and working hard towards idealistic ideas. We are inspired by people who stay put and work to produce not only what they consume but also what the community needs to thrive.
About Magdalene Joly
Magdalene is interested in all aspects of food; growing a wide-assortment of vegetables and storage crops, harvesting wild foods and medicines, fermenting, baking bread, canning, dairying, whole-food omnivorous nutrition and of course preparing and eating delicious seasonal meals with loved ones. She currently works as Head Caterer at Sleeping Dog Farm and Retreat Center in Victoria, B.C., creating seasonal and delicious farm-based fair. She is a Certified Herbalist and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She has helped run Common Harvest, a CSA in Victoria, BC, and was produce manager at Share Organics in Victoria B.C. for 3 years. In her past lives she has been a musician, dancer, community organizer, and goat herder.
Her aspirations include growing and producing 90 % of the food her family consumes, creating a permaculture food forest and nourishing lunch program at her son’s school, weaving more baskets, working as a herbalist and nutritionist in an accessible community-based integrated medicine clinic, going on wildcrafting/food gathering trips, and hosting locavore Sunday breakfasts and secret dinners at the farm.
Peter is a man with many hats. Since 2003 he has been (learning in the process of) developing the farm, property and infrastructure. His main area of focus now is the management of the edibles nursery, ongoing development of the orchard and animal systems, general maintenance and building. He has a background in academia (a degree in anthropology and environmental studies), visual arts and technical outdoor education. He is looking forward to having more time to spend not building houses and focusing on other things, both big and small: the development of the wholistic farm skills education program and just making small crafty things with his hands.
2011 North Central Rd. Denman Island, BC. V0R 1T0.
Greenhouse: 250 335 0970. Peter’s Cell (all nursery calls): 250 897 8540. Magdalene 250 650 8965