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Salt Spring Island: Foxglove Farm Sits Pretty in the Pasture
by Foxglove Farm
May 9, 2010

It borders a lake, is surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected forest and agricultural fields, and yields produce that includes berries, vegetables, nuts and fruit from an orchard.

Four hectares (10 acres) of grains and legumes meld with 12 hectares (30 acres) of hay and pasture. Oh, and there's even a small flock of laying hens. If this isn't enough to draw nature-lovers - not to mention serious foodies – to Foxglove Farm, perhaps a series of single- or multi-day retreats featuring writers, artists, musicians, foresters, farmers and ecologists will do the trick.

As part of the farm's Centre for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture program – which nurtures sustainable and environmental initiatives through various classes and events – guests can see first-hand the vital connection between farming, land stewardship, food, the arts and community wellbeing.

Think: al fresco field-to-plate dining, grains of wisdom from artisan bakers, tips for growing staples for the family, working with wild mushrooms and even Farm, Arts & Culinary Camps for the kids.

(Overnights on Salt Spring, one of the Southern Gulf Islands, situated between Vancouver and Victoria, feature cosy cabin accommodations and hearty homespun meals.) Sited on one of the island's original homesteads, the organic-minded Foxglove Farm is headed by a team passionate about organic farming, their environment and our place in it.

www.foxglovefarmbc.ca

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