Green Fire Farm is a new arrival to the Cowichan Valley, but the farmer at the heart of growing the farm is by no means new to sustainable and organic agriculture. DeLisa Lewis has over 15 years’ experience with certified organic vegetable and flower farming, holds a PhD in agroecology and soils, and teaches sustainable agriculture courses at UBC during the winter months.
With family and farming partners experienced in ecology, environmental science, and planning, Green Fire Farm is focusing on cultivating a life-time of relationships with the Cowichan Valley community, and to the birds, bees, flowers and trees on the 40-acre farm land they are blessed to call home.
2015 was their first year with 2 acres in mixed, market farm vegetables and their second with hay production, pasture-raised pigs, and heritage laying hens. Green Fire Farm offers a main season weekly harvest box program with an omnivore option for individuals and families who enjoy eggs and pork with their fresh, great tasting vegetables. Weekly box members pick up at the farm, or at the Esquimalt or Cedar Farmers’ Markets, with new pick-up locations and markets planned for the 2016 season.
The longer term farming vision includes establishing perennial fruits, feed grains for the livestock, building the internship program and on-farm housing, and continuing with farmer-to-farmer training, workshops, and soil fertility consulting during the winter months. The farm was inspected for adherence to organic practices in 2015, and
is a member of the Island Organic Producers’ Association with the transition to full organic certification planned for July 2016. DeLisa serves on the accreditation board for the Certified Organic Associations of BC: http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/standards/accreditation.php
Internship and caretaking opportunities with the farm are available during the main growing season and applications for 2016 will be available online beginning in November 2015.