Our Passion My name is JD Hare and my wife Sharon and I have been in Whistler since the mid-nineties and on this piece of land since 2001. We began developing it into a farm - and ourselves into farmers! - in 2009.
We felt it was a shame that this beautiful land was sitting fallow. Our place is on the Mt. Currie flood plane, right where the Birkenhead River turns east towards Lillooet Lake. The rich glacial silt, mixed with the organic matter from 40 years of deciduous forest growth, is flushed constantly with the pristine water of the aquifer. This land must be farmed, and soiling it with chemical inputs would be out of the question!
Our Farm After 4 years of debt, sweat and tears spent converting our fallow forest land into a healthy, productive farm, we were so gratified last year to hear from our customers that ours were the "best berries they'd ever tasted." Our bushes are planted on raised mounds, with drip-irrigation, and are well mulched by fir-bark and organic coffee sacks. They are pruned carefully and fertilized by hand. The field is rich with organic matter and animal-life and the surrounding forest is home to abundant natural pollinators, supplemented by our own honey bees. The berries are picked by the hands of our Lilwat Nation neighbours, and then chilled and sorted immediately on site.