Celtic Farms is a project to save 3 acres of farmland in Vancouver from residential development with a vision to create a mixed production community farm. Read more below and contribute your ideas!
Objective (Draft 1):The City of Vancouver designate the 'Celtic Farm' land as a permanently mixed farming and educational centre, managed by the Friends of Southlands non-profit Society with the following guiding principles:
I. STEWARDSHIP: Stewardship is the act of care-taking; looking after the home or affairs of another. It suggests managing the land as if it does not belong to us, but rather to all species and to future generations. The management of the land will be overseen by the FOSS board of directors to ensure agroecological principles are followed.
II. EDUCATION/RESEARCH: Celtic Farm will provide educational opportunities for organic farmers as well as reach out to the broader community to increase public knowledge about small scale organic farming. The Farm will impart the importance of the principle of ecological stewardship in farming and the value of community support for sustainable local farming.
III. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/ PARTNERSHIPS: Celtic Farm will be a community farm. Although portions of the land will be designated to specific farmers, the public will be welcome to visit and engage in the activities of the farm. FOSS will strive to make the Farm financially and physically accessible to all.
It is not half so important to know, as to feel. -Rachel Carson on Nature Education
A Vision Coasting down the Balaclava bike route, the noise and stress of the city is muted by nature. All around are farms, horses, and plant nurseries. Who knew this jewel was in the City? Down by the Fraser River is Celtic Farms; a step back in time. It is a family destination, a welcoming farm; Goats, sheep, chickens and ducks, an orchard and fields full of crops, farmers and children working side by side. Experienced farmers with a passion for education engage visitors through regular workshops and volunteer hours. Miss. Tinker’s grade 5 class walks to the farm every Thursday to help with farm chores and apply the knowledge they have learned in class. Other school classes too visit the farm each week. The produce and eggs grown on the farm are sold to the schools’ cafeterias, and the kids are proud to eat the quiche and salad that they helped grow. Building on the success of Southlands Heritage Farm, Celtic Farms will be a city icon that has succeeded in preserving one of Vancouver’s last remaining publicly owned farms in the ALR. -Jordan Maynard