Sunday, 19 February 2017

We're Hiring!

Terra Firma Farms is a 30 acre certified organic farm located in Revelstoke, BC. We grow 4 acres of vegetables and raise chickens and pigs. Our products are marketed through our local farmers' market, restaurants, specialty food retailers and a 40 member CSA.  

We have one full-time and one part-time position available. Farm workers will participate in most aspects of the farm. Tasks include seeding, transplanting, irrigation, harvesting, washing, packing, egg washing and weeding...lots of weeding!

Positions start between mid-April to beginning of May and run until end of September. There is some flexibility early and late in the season. We offer 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday for full time position and 16-24 hours for part-time.  Occasional Saturday markets may be necessary.  Starting wage is $14/hr

To apply, email us your resume with a cover letter stating why you want to work with us and your previous work experience that will help you with this position. Prior farming experience is an asset, but enthusiasm and positive attitude are priority.

For more information or to send a resume.  Email
Due to the number of applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Now Taking Registrations for Our 2017 Summer CSA

We are excited to announce that we are now taking registrations for our 2017 Summer CSA. This will be our fourth year offering this program which is becoming an integral of our farming operation. Last year with our move to our new farm location we were able to increase our membership by 50%. We aim to keep it at about the same size for this year.  Signing up early is recommend as we sell out each year.  

There were many changes to our farm last year. The move of our farm being at the forefront of the changes. We also started raising pork for the first time. The pigs were a lot of fun; useful as farm helpers eating any veggie scraps that did not make the cut for human consumption and were amazing at preparing new soil. This year we will be planting the bulk of our cut flowers where they roamed last year. The pigs fit in so well with our farm that we will continue to raise them. I think they were also a highlight for the many children who visited the farm during the CSA pick-ups. A favourite part of our summer was watching the children get excited about visiting the farm and learning about where their food comes from. 

We have spent some time reflecting on things we would like to change from last year and goals we have set for this year and are really looking forward to ramping up production for the upcoming season!  We can't thank our members enough for being part of the farm - without them, we would not be able to continually grow our farm.

New to our farm this year we will be selling any surplus of veggies and flowers during the CSA pick-up times. This will allow for CSA members to purchase extra of items they need more of and non-CSA members will also welcome to come up and purchase items as well. The selection may be limited this year but we look forward to expanding our offerings.

In past years we have included a hand built Terra Firma wood crate in the price of the shares. As many of our past members may be accumulating more boxes than they want,   we are selling the boxes as an optional item this year. The boxes are stackable, so many members are collecting them but if you would prefer you can also bring a reusable bag to pick up your shares.

2017 prices (18 weeks of veggies)

Full Share $450 ($25 discount if paid in full by April 1st)

Small Share $325 ($20 discount if paid in full by April 1st)


Egg share $100 (our regular egg price will be $6/dozen this summer, by signing up for the egg share you save $.44/dozen) 

Flower Share $100

Terra Firma Wood Crate $25

Start Date: June 14th 
Ends: October 11th

For more details and a subscription form email:

Sunday, 24 January 2016

2016 Summer CSA

Know where your food comes from and enjoy the benefits of eating seasonally. Together we contribute to a healthier, sustainable food system that develops connections between people and the land that grows your food.

What is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a direct relationship between a local farm and its community, helping to provide a portion of a given farm’s operating budget by purchasing shares of the season’s harvest in advance of the growing season. CSAs are cooperative structures that have grown in popularity in recent years as a way to keep small scale farms viable. This grassroots movement back to a local food system makes a statement that people would like to eat locally produced food with health and sustainability in mind. CSA shareholders make a commitment to support the farm financially at the start of the season, thereby assuming some of the costs and risks along with the grower.  In exchange for this commitment, we are able to provide you and your family with the freshest, healthiest vegetables possible, using farming methods that are beneficial to you and the environment. 

How it Works
During the season, mid-June through mid-October, members meet at the farm to receive their weekly share of the harvest. Pick-ups are on Wednesdays from 3-6pm.  We will send weekly newsletters to provide you with recipes and cooking tips to keep you inspired in the kitchen, as well as to keep you informed of what’s happening on the farm.

How much does it cost?
Full Share CSA
18 weeks from June 15th - October12th  

Small Share CSA
18 weeks from June 15th - October12th  

egg share  $90
flower share $90

There is a 5% discount on full and small shares for those that sign up with full payment before April 1st.

What's in a share?
A full shares will contain 9-11 different vegetable and herbs, intended for families, vegetarians or vegetable lovers! A small share contains about 5-6 different vegetable and herbs, intended for singles, couples or families who just need a mid-week top up to their regular market purchases. Certified organic eggs or flowers can also be added to your share.

What if I’m away or forget to pick-up my share?
Many people will have a friend or family member pick-up their veggies for them when they are away. If you let us know in advance we can hold your share for a few days or you can cancel and get a credit. Forgotten pick-ups can be saved but will not receive a credit.

Why CSA?
This transparent system creates a relationship between you and the food you eat, the land on which it's grown on and the farmers that grew it. You are voting with your dollars for what is beneficial to the environment, the farmers and the consumer. 
There are many ways to participate in your local food system and CSA is just one of them. Going to farmers markets, supporting restaurants or stores which buy responsibly from local farms are all important ways to support local farms.
CSA in not for everyone, it can be a difficult adjustment for those who are used to going to the grocery store each week and getting whatever they want. Members should have a deep desire to fully embrace the flavours of each season and enjoy the challenge of eating seasonally.

Space is limited so register early!  Email to get a registration form. Subscriptions will be confirmed by email.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Mistral Gris
by Meghan Anderson
Have you ever thought about what breed of chicken it is you eat, or how long it took that chicken to become broiler size? Commercial broilers are frequently a Cornish mixed with other breeds and are ready to be butchered in 7-9 weeks. What does that mean? The Cornish crosses grow so fast they can’t help themselves but sit at a feeder and do nothing but eat. Often they break their legs or wings because they become so fat so quickly these appendages can’t support them. It can be difficult to breed a Cornish cross; they grow so fast that they have too many health problems and are too fat to breed successfully. Sounds slightly Frankenstein.
So what to do? Enter the Mistral Gris, a breed of meat bird that reaches butchering weight at 9-13 weeks old. They are a hearty breed that can free range and forage and don’t require any antibiotics or special housing, unlike other commercial broilers. Cornish crosses will not forage on grass even if you try hard. The Mistral Gris is a new breed of meat bird bred from Barred Rocks (heritage breed) and three other breeds, developed in the last 80 years. No, they were not developed in a lab, they were developed on a farm using good old fashion breeding techniques, by selecting certain individuals with favorable traits for breeding. 
The Mistral Gris is a breed of meat bird that can be raised under the “Label Rouge” system. The Label Rouge system started in France as a way of raising poultry as a rebellion to commercial, industrial farm processes that fatten chickens on grains at high densities. Like, organic certifications, to be certified “Label Rouge” you must meet specific requirements. Label rouges poultry birds must be raised in a free range system, the breed must be a slower growing hardier bird, and there are strict requirements on the feed and stocking rates.
At Terra Firma the Mistral Gris will be raised similar to the “Label Rouge” free range system using “chicken tractors”. Chicken tractors are moveable chicken homes that allow the chickens to free range on vegetation outdoors. Once the chickens have eaten down the grass and weeds their tractors can be moved to a fresh pasture. The chickens can happily scratch around for insects and eat plants, a luxury conventionally raised meat birds do not have.
The benefits of “Label Rouge” meat birds are many, you can morally rest at ease knowing your meat was not raised in a crowded cage and fed solely on grains, this is much better for your health and the environment. “Label Rouge” chickens have more protein, less water, less fat, a better balance between fatty acids and polyunsaturated fat, more minerals and more vitamins than conventionally raised chickens. Furthermore, in blind taste tests “Label Rouge” chickens do better. The taste testing is part of the “Label Rouge” rigorous labelling process!
Email to reserve chickens for this year.
Available July 10th and Sept. 17th

Friday, 25 May 2012

We Have Bees!

Last week we acquired a bee colony.  We have been interested in getting bees for a few years now.  It was part of our long list of goals and dreams of becoming more self-sufficient.  Dreams like to have our own dairy cow, making artisan cheese, baking sourdough daily, raising lamb and chickens, tapping birch trees for syrup etc.

Some of these dreams have since faded as we realize the importance of living a balanced life.  Sometimes I would rather have the time for a bike ride or to go kayaking than say, bake a loaf of bread.  I would now rather buy a beautiful loaf of bread in town by one of our fabulous bakers than to bake it myself.  Everyone has a passion, so sometimes it's best to do what you do best and leave others to do what they do best.  I think that's what makes a community. 

But bees, that seems to perfectly compliment organic farming; a mutually beneficial relationship.  We provide them with a home and a food source by growing diversified crops, and they provide us with a sweetener and pollinate our crops. 

They spend most of their lives flying from plant to plant collecting nectar, in doing so they pollinate the flowers and distribute revitalising venom, enhancing fertility and regeneration capacity of the plant.  Quality and quantity of blossom flowers are increased when pollinated by insects, especially bees.

Bees are essential to the environment they live in.  One third of the food we eat is dependant upon pollination from honeybees.  Without bees our food supply would be at risk.

In recent years there has been a dramatic decline in the honeybee population. Researchers are finding it hard to pinpoint the exact cause but they suspect it is a combination of environmental pollution, loss of crop diversity and the heavy use of of pesticides. Methods of farming that seem to be more efficient are often a step backwards rather than a step forwards, and could have a detrimental effect on civilization.  In contrast organic farming works with nature, not against it.

Friday, 11 May 2012

At the market this week

This week on the market table we will have a good selection of potted herbs, most of them can be planted outside right now, with the exception of basil and thai basil.

Herbs this week - basil, thai basil, cilantro, dill, thyme, sage, oregano, italian parsley and curly parsley.

There will still be lots of tomato and pepper seedlings. With new varieties weekly.  These will still need to be kept indoors until we consistently have warmer nights.

New this week will be Rosa Bianca Eggplant.  Our very favourite variety!  It's an open pollinated, Italian heirloom.  They are tear dropped shaped, white with lavender streaks and creamy white flesh.  Both the plants and the fruit are beautiful.  We think they would make a lovely addition to a flowerbed.  Beautiful and edible!

All our veggie 6 packs can be planted outside now as well.

Available starter packs this week - savoy cabbage, red cabbage, green cabbage, rainbow kale, curly kale, romaine lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower.

This week we will also have our first cut of rhubarb!

See you at the market!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Farmers Market this Saturday May 5!

This Saturday, May 5, join Terra Firma Farms at the Revelstoke Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We will have seedlings for sale!