Young Farmer Profile #3: Matthew and Taryne Hildebrant, Morningdove Gardens, Kelowna, BC

Morningdove Gardens organic, heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Morningdove Gardens organic, heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Matthew and Taryne Hildebrant have been living in the Okaganan for upwards of ten years, and have been farming full time for the past three.  Morningdove Gardens specializes in locally grown medicinal herbs, tea blends, and salves that Taryne handcrafts herself, as well as organic vegetables and certified organic, free-range eggs. Continue reading

Young Farmer Profile #1: Jordan and Vanessa Marr, The Homestead, Peachland, BC

Jordan and Vanessa, ready for anything.

Jordan and Vanessa, ready for anything.

Jordan and Vanessa, Matt and Molly, Mathew and Taryne, Curtis Stone, Gabe Cipes, Jeff and Gerry.  These are a few of the names that come up as soon as you start asking around about who the young agrarians are in and around Kelowna.  Over the coming weeks their stories will be featured on Vittles as part of the Okanagan’s growing community of young farmers and sustainability-minded folks.  First up: a timeline of Jordan and Vanessa Marr’s winding road to The Homestead in Peachland, BC. Continue reading

Hugelkultur at the Malachite House

Hugel-what?

Hugel-what?

This autumn, the midwives in Kelowna decided to replace their two front lawns with annual and perennial food plants, as well as medicinal herbs.  I said “hugelkultur!” And they said “what?”

Hugelkultur is a German word meaning “hill culture”.  It is a raised garden bed that can be created by placing large pieces of wood into a shallow trench and then layering upside-down turf and soil on top.

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