ABOUT CRISP ORGANICS
In 2010 our family purchased 11 acres in Abbotsford, BC and from there began Crisp Organics.
Crisp Organics began with Andrew, Willy and Clayton Arkesteyn-Vogler. Willy had grown up on a dairy farm with her family and after many years of working as a caretaker, was hoping to get back into agriculture. Clayton has been very interested in environmental issues and involved with Streamkeepers and the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition. So when their son Andrew proposed starting an Organic produce farm, with a focus on sustainability and environmental impact, they were both on board!
The land we grow on is ideal for growing vegetables. The soil, a sandy loam, is the result of thousands of years of sedimentation onto the old Sumas Lake bottom, which once covered much of the lowlands between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Sumas Lake was drained in the early part of the 20th century to open land to agriculture and the area is now one of the most productive agricultural regions in Canada. We have been working hard to transform the land into a vibrant farm with an intense focus on sustainability.
We grow a mixture of vegetables, fruit and herbs, everything from artichokes to zucchini. Due to the variety we grow, there's something fresh coming from the fields all year long!
Some of the recent additions to our roster include asparagus, sunchokes and sugarloaf radicchio. This year we are trialing sweet potatoes, growing cutting flowers as well (helping support pollinators) and we're hoping to add a wider variety of fruit in the future.
“The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible.” - Lady Eve Balfour (1899-1990)
We try to have a positive impact on our local community, in as many ways as we can. Andrew serves as Vice President for the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association. During the winter, we partner with other local Organic farmers to increase the diversity of our CSA program and to support people who are making a positive difference. Every Monday, after the weekend Markets are done, we sort through the returning produce and send everything that is still in good shape to our local Food Bank and various soup kitchens. To reduce waste, our remaining produce either gets turned into compost for our farm, or gets fed to animals. Some goes to the Vancouver Aquarium, to feed their tropical critters, the rest goes to our neighbour Rehoboth Farms, an SPCA Certified farm, to feed their livestock. And then we have their eggs as an extra option in our CSA!
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