Certified Organic Vegetables
fresh in season
Our certified organic vegetables are grown, nurtured and brought to market by the WoodGrain Farmer Cooperative
Join our CSA Program to get first pick of the harvest each week
Pre-order our organic vegetables bulk for your preserves & root cellar
Donate our vegetables to a family going without in our community
Our Growing Methods | Philosophies
At WoodGrain Farm, we grow by time-honoured methods and philosophies epitomized by the organic movement.
We don’t spray poisonous chemical pesticides and herbicides on the food we grow, we build biodiversity in the garden, maintain healthy soils, and keep a watchful eye to prevent pest problems.
We don’t feed our plants with chemical fertilizers, we feed and enhance the health of the soil with on-farm compost, green manures and crop rotation, which in turn raises healthy plants.
We don’t grow a mono-crop of one or two vegetables, we grow a diverse mix of well over 50 different kinds of plants which attract a wide array of pollinators and beneficial insects to the garden, enhancing biodiversity.
We don’t rely on off-farm ‘inputs’ in the garden, fertility and nutrients are derived from our 60 acres of organic pasture and haylands which feeds our animals, which in turn feeds our garden in a traditional closed loop system.
We value our water as we value our soils, without which (together with a bit of air and sunshine!) there is no life. We water the garden through drip irrigation from a gravity-fed, rain catchment reservoir.
We are careful with our use of mechanical tillage in the garden, to avoid compaction and soil degradation and to maintain a healthy tilth.
We source certified organic seeds where possible, so that we are not supporting environmentally damaging agriculture elsewhere.
We like growing heirloom varieties and open-pollinated seeds, good for seed saving and to keep old varieties alive and growing.
We strive to minimize the use of plastics and waste created both in garden production and in packaging our produce, as nothing in the world exists in a bubble.
Harvested Fresh for the Market | Handled with Care
After all the effort that goes into growing healthy vegetables, we work hard to get the vegetables to the market at their peak condition and freshness.
We harvest as close to market time as we can manage.
Harvested produce is immediately taken to our shaded packing shed and hydro-cooled.
Once cleaned and bunched, our produce is packed in bins in our cool room.
At the market, we keep our produce shaded and in bins with water, replenishing our displays with fresh produce throughout the market.
Shop early at Farmers’ Markets for the absolute freshest vegetables and the best selection!
What’s in Season | Vegetable Availability at WoodGrain Farm
This chart gives an idea of what is available when in our farm’s garden plan (subject to weather and seasonal variability of course!)
Bulk Certified Organic Vegetables | For your Preserves or Root Cellar
Order bulk quantities of our certified organic vegetables for your canning, saucing, fermenting, pickling, drying, or storage needs. As we grow on a small-scale, quantities are limited and ordered on a first come first served basis. We will be in touch with the approximate date to expect your order to be ready and to arrange pick-up/delivery.
Sharing the Abundance
Gift or Donate our Vegetables | Paying it Forward
If you know someone you would like to gift a season-long supply of our fresh organic vegetables to, consider buying them a gift CSA Share or sending them Farm Credit to load up with at the markets:
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We’re happy to accept your donations to provide our fresh healthy vegetables to people going without in our community. We will match your donation with a suitable recipient or family, and provide the vegetables in whatever way works best for them: whether it’s a weekly CSA bag, farm credit they can spend at the market, or bulk quantities at the end of the season.
Thank-you for your care and generosity. Please send e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheques payable to: WoodGrain Farmer Cooperative, mail to: 490 Swan Lake Rd Hazelton BC V0J 1Y5
Credit/visa debit: Use Farm Credit link below, in the TO fields enter Donation for recipient’s name and email@example.com for recipient’s email address:
Simply put, certified organic just means that an independent 3rd party (in our case a not-for-profit committee of fellow organic farmers) attests to a farm’s claim of adhering to the Canadian Organic Standards through detailed, transparent record keeping requirements and on-farm inspections.
We abide by the Organic Standards (and then some), but you don’t have to just take our word for it.
We’re happy to answer any further questions you may have about our growing practices, either at the market or here at the farm. We enjoy talking dirt!