Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bio-dynamic, organic farm visit on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

We are so blessed to be able to discover some of the true gems around our world, where the cultivation of organic ingredients are harvested by local communities - feeding families and grounding their joy in pure sustainability.

In this visit to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, we meet the Ehrlich family at Alderlea Farm:



Katy Ehrlich takes us on a tour of how their small family farm feeds over 75 families in their local CSA (community supported agriculture) program. Then we meet up with John Ehrlich who uncovers some of the mysteries of bio-dynamic farming practices, as he digs up some buried treasure (cow horns filled with finely aged manure) in their fields.

Being on the farm means getting up early, and for this segment we were up at 4:30am filming John preparing the summer bio-dynamic stir. After an hour or so of hand mixing three gallons of water and mystical cow-horn silica powder together, swirling the water in one directional vortex to another...we were ready to hit the lush fields with this water mister.

The fascinating parts to bio-dynamics is that the air around the plants gets sprayed, versus the soil itself. But all mysticism aside, bio-dynamics does statistically work in producing higher yielding, better tasting fruits and vegetables!

Just goes to show how much there is to learn each and every day about where our food comes from, and how those who love the land and tend to it with care and passion, end up spreading this love to everyone who eats this produce!

For more information, please visit http://www.AlderleaFarm.com

Peace, Love and Bio-Dynamics!

Your Hippy Gourmet family!

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