Cowichan Agricultural SocietyPromoting healthy, vibrant, viable agriculture in the Cowichan Valley for over 135 years.
Agriculture: it's in all of us.
What We Farm
Our member farms feed the Cowichan and Vancouver Island community with vegetables, fruit, honey, nuts, meat, eggs, hay, Christmas trees, wine and tea. They also provide services, from haying to strategic planning.
- Bob Crawford, president
- Kristen Thorarinson, secretary
- Paul Tataryn, treasurer
- Oliver Balme
- Dan Ferguson
We have 18 acres of land with a creek that runs through it. The soil is poor, but with organic manure we have built it up over the past 16 years for haying. We also sell eggs at the farm gate.
Names: Bob & Ann Crawford
Address: 5700 Menzies Road, Duncan, B.C.
We (Blaine, Jan, and Duaine Hardie) are a family farm operating as a hobby farm since 1980 and as a commercial apairy since 1996. We try to run 300 colonies to produce 24000 lbs. of honey a year. Duaine is a 4th generation beekeeper. We sell Vancouver Island Wildflower Honey from the farm gate as well as at some local stores. Beeswax & comb honey in season.
Farm visits and sales:
We have no set hours of operation but sell at the farm gate daily: just phone ahead.
Blaine, Jan, and Duaine Hardie
Telephone: 250-746-4389 or 250-748-8471
Address: 4035 Robson Road, Duncan, B.C. V9L 6G7
Located just 400 meters from Highway 1 on Koksilah Road, the Island Shire has easy on/off access. We offer free-range eggs, pastured broilers, and naturally grown vegetables & flowers. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides!
The farm stand (look for the blue roof) is open during daylight hours through summer and fall. Eggs are available year round–look for the yellow Fresh Eggs sign–if it’s flipped up and you see yellow, you’re in luck; otherwise it will say Sorry No Eggs.
You can also find us on Saturdays at the Duncan Farmer’s Market. Along with our fresh produce, our specialties include dill beans, jams, and salsa, all made from the vegetables and fruits grown here on the Shire. You can taste the difference that vine-ripened, hand-picked, non-sprayed produce makes to our canned goods!
Maple Grove Farm produces beef, eggs and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, with customer favourites being the beef, corn and late season raspberries.
Farm visits and sales:
A self-serve market stand is open during daylight hours through summer and fall. Orders for beef are taken in late summer/early fall. Visitors are welcome at any time.
Name: Maureen McInnis
Address: 3298 Gibbins Road, Duncan, B.C. V9L 1G8
We (Josh Crawford and Jody Starter) have a son and a daughter, and we run a family care home for persons with disabilities, and provide respite care for other community-based clients.
We are currently converting our operation from a wholesale commercial supplier to an Independent Direct to Consumer Grower. Specializing in Non-Gmo products in Chicken and Turkeys. We accept custom orders in Whole Birds, Parts, Sausages, Pepperoni. We can supply small personal orders or large orders for Special Occasions, Weddings, Conferences, or Community Events.
Have you ever wanted to grow your own chicken? We can help you do that too. As a registered Chick Broker, we can get you started growing your own. Contact Josh or Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org
Farm Tours and Hours of Operation:
Hours of operation are whenever we are home!
Address: 4388 Webdon Rd Duncan BC V9L 6J5
Beverly is a land use planner, passionate about supporting communities in their pursuit of sustainable community development. Her planning interests lie at the intersection of environmental issues and human behaviour. She is a skilled planner, facilitator, researcher, and policy analyst. As a resident of the Cowichan Valley, she pursues her career in a variety of professional capacities. Currently she is working with the City of Port Alberni on their Zoning Bylaw Review Project. Recently she was project leader in developing Cobble Hill’s Age Friendly Community Assessment, as well as developing a policy study on Alternative Forms of Rural Development for the Regional District of Nanaimo.
Bev has guided and facilitated many different sectoral planning processes in her career. These include development of the community-based Cowichan Valley Food Security Action Plan, which has a major focus on farmers and agricultural lands in the Cowichan Valley. As well she designed and facilitated a public participation process in a tourism planning project undertaken for the District of Fort St. James.
Bev has extensive First Nations planning experience as well. A recent project for the Teslin Tlingit Council is the development of a community economic development strategy called Reviving Our Economy (2012), as well as working with colleagues in the development of a Teslin Tourism Strategy (2013). As Natural Resources Planner with the Hopi Indian Tribe from 1995 to 2000, she worked closely with residents and tribal government staff to develop a reservation-wide Integrated Resources Management Plan. She also managed the Hopi Drought Contingency Plan process and a variety of other environmental restoration projects.
Facebook: Island Planning Services
Tatlo Road Farm is located on 7 acres just south of Crofton and 15 minutes from Duncan. We grow a wide range of vegetables, herbs, and fruit, as well as raising laying hens. We use agro-ecological practices to manage our farm and we are Certified Organic through the Island Organic Producers Association.
You can find us at the Duncan Farmer’s Market or find our produce at The Community Farm Store . Or find us at our farm! Stop by our weekly Farm Gate Market or join our Harvest Box program.
“Terra Nossa” means “Our Land” in Portuguese, and our road name “Kilmalu” means “Welcome” in Maori: we welcome you to our 26 acre farm located in the heart of the banana belt of the Cowichan Valley.
We are fortunate enough to have gentle southern slopes, warm ocean breezes and lots of water, perfect for our livestock consisting of layers, broilers, turkeys and pigs and our crops of thornless blackberries, goji berries and a truffier with 100 oak trees and 300 hazelnut trees inoculated with the Perigord Black Truffle. Our farm is in the transition phase of organic certification. We use 100% certified organic feed and organic practices.
Farm visits and sales:
Our products are available at our on-farm store. Please call for hours.
We left city life in 2010 to make the farm our home. Our 7 acres of land is home to 75 goats (and counting), many chickens, 3 cats, and 1 dog. We hand craft small batches of aged, raw goats’ milk cheese using only fresh milk from our herd. Aged, hard cheeses with a natural rind are our specialty. We also produce seasonal goods including garlic and pasture-raised poultry and eggs.
Farm gate poultry and meat sales are by appointment only by calling 250 701 7533. When in season, eggs are available from a self-serve fridge behind the white house. At this time we do not retail cheese from the farm.
We have a 74 acre hazelnut and hay farm on Flett Road just off Herd Road. We have 20 acres of hazelnut trees and produce about 3,000 bales of first and second cut hay. Our hazelnut orchard produces approximately 10,000 lbs per year and is increasing yearly. We cater to Christmas sales, with year-round sales of cracked (kernels) hazelnuts to restaurants and bakeries. To view some photos of Wilberry Orchards, click here.
Farm visits and sales:
Neil & Christine Wilson, Joyce Carberry
Telephone: 250-748-0910 or 250-746-5462
Address: 6912 Flett Road, Duncan, B.C. V9L 5W6
The Cowichan Agricultural Society is pleased to represent a diversity of farm members. In addition to the members listed on the Our Members page, CAS members include:
Oliver and Shelly Balme (Balme Ayr Farm)
Kathy Millar (Home Farm)
Mike & Laurie Pauls (Sweet Pickins)
Heather Skoretz & Paul Tataryn (Bird’s Eye Cove Farm)