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MAY DAY:   On Thursday , May 1st, 2014, our fifth annual MayPole Celebration begins in late afternoon.

The MayPole dance celebrates the joyful renewal of spring, the surge of lifeforce we all feel when things start to grow. Weaving strands of colour, we tighten our web, connecting in our shared gratitude for life.

The tradition holds that the MayPole is burned the night before in the Beltane fire, where couples jump over the fire together, choosing each other for possible woodland frolicking (so they say). We combine the two, having a small fire with last year’s MayPole to jump over.

Bring food & drink to share and musical instruments.  Starts around 5, ends after dusk.

Please no dogs. 

The Apple Festival     

Farm tour, apples and fabulous caramel apples will be for sale.

Salt Spring Island, BC, boasts 350 varieties of organic home grown apples, why not celebrate this crunchy delicious fact?

http://saltspringapplefestival.org/

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February 2011
We were visited by this youth union in February; their visit stimulated us to begin the process of starting a local coastal chapter.
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Annual Earth Day Farm Tour
Sunday, April 17, 2011

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May Day Celebration
May 1, 2011

Our May Day Beltane celebration was delightful, with both a Beltane fire to jump, and a May Pole to weave. The kids played, fished, and we potlucked.

— Sadly, my camera didn’t work.S ee last year’s pictures below. —

University of British Columbia Field Trip Visit
September 2010

Scientists from UBC camped and enjoyed a farm breakfast, during a field trip in September. A presentation by Conrad Pilon of the Community Farmland Trust about land trusting followed a talk by John about farm practices.

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May Day Spring Celebration

Saturday, May 1, 2010

We mixed our biodynamic 500 preparation, and innoculated the soil. We raised the May Pole and entwined our ribbons, blessing and thanking our earth.

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Earth Day Tour (2nd annual), April 25, 2010

Tour A Nature Based Farm To Cap Off Earth Week!

from the Driftwood (local newspapera0

After an event-filled “Earth Week”, what could be nicer than a weekend visit to an organic farm where farmers demonstrate sustainability in action! One of Salt Spring’s organic farms has generously agreed to open their gates to the public this weekend, to offer a tour of educational inspiration.

On Sunday April 25th at 1pm, in the upper valley of Duck Creek visitors are welcome to a guided tour of the farm’s thirteen acres of ecological biodiversity. The farm hosts organic market garden plots, two small orchards, meadow lands, a five acre wood and three acres of set aside conservation stream habitat. Duck Creek Farm is owned and operated by John Wilcox and Sue Earle. John is a 6th generation farm person who’s family first homesteaded near Woodslee Ontario in 1835. John moved to Salt Spring Island in 1973 and began farming at Duck Creek twenty years ago.

Duck Creek Farm yields bountiful fruit, herb and vegetable crops using ecological biodiversity principles. Biodynamic production is employed as a non-chemical farming method which focuses on natural soil and plant growing principles.

Since 1992, the Island Stream and Salmonid Enhancement Society have supported a fish and wildlife habitat restoration project on the farm. Cutthroat Trout and Coho Salmon and many of natures riparian creatures inhabit the farm on a year-round basis in the stream and nine ponds John created on the farm. Beavers in the Creek have maintained a high water table which helps to sub-irrigate some vegetable plots. The three acre conservation habitat set aside John and Sue now support has been recognized by the Conservation Partnership Program of the Land Conservancy of BC (TLC). The BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands also cites Duck Creek Farm as a prime example of agricultural biodiversity in action on its provincial website.

John is as passionate about community agriculture as he is about farming with nature. “We need to re-populate our farms, and find new ways to make local farming more affordable to the next generation. The way things are going, we’re becoming much more reliant on local food sources”, adds John, who observes that within the next ten years escalating oil prices and climate conditions will lead to a massive shift away from industrial reductionist commodity production to local and natural small farm food production. John was a strong advocate for – and sat on the Area Farm Plan Steering Committee for the Island. He is a past member of many provincial farm organizations and the Islands Trust Agricultural Advisory Committee. He also assisted in the development of Salt spring’s Community Farmland Trust. Every day is Earth Day on Duck Creek says John. Enjoy a lovely farm afternoon to celebrate an integrated piece of a sustainable, earth-friendly future.

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