The Sunshine Coast offers an array of Farms residing on the traditional territories of the Squamish (skwxwú7mesh), Sechelt (shíshálh), and Tla'amin and Klahoose nations.
These five Farms prioritize food security, sustainable agriculture, organic materials, and ethical resource harvesting. In addition, they provide habitats for bees, butterflies, and birds, highlighting the West Coast's natural beauty. Each of these hidden gems on my list has its unique approach to doing what they do best. So, if you're considering moving to the Sunshine Coast and wondering about the farming community, where to find organic produce and fresh flowers, and if there are opportunities to learn about farming, you'll be pleased to know that the answer to all those questions is yes!
If you're looking for a family and friend working farm near Gibsons, BC, this is the perfect place. It's only 15 minutes (by car) from Langdale Terminal and 40 minutes (by ferry) from Vancouver, B.C. This Farm is dedicated to ecosystems, sustainable food production, and community education. They offer various programs like summer camps, school programs, events, Work-Away, Volunteers, WWOOFing, and have a farm-table market. You can also enjoy a delicious all-day breakfast and lunch at The ShortCut, their food truck located at 713 Henry Road, Gibsons. When visiting the Coast, take advantage of their Mushroom Breakfast Wrap (my favourite).
Grounded Acres is a queer-women-owned business passionate about small-scale agriculture, seed saving, food justice, and education. They are certified organic and offer volunteering opportunities, a local Food Box, and Wholesale services. If you're considering buying a business on the Coast, their Wholesale service is a great option. You can find them at the Sechelt Farmers' and Artisans' Market on Cowrie Street in downtown Sechelt every Saturday starting May 20th through October from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. They are conveniently located just 14 minutes (drive) away from the Langdale ferry terminal.
3. Sunny Coast Farm
A family-owned business that prioritizes food security on the Sunshine Coast and uses pesticide-free soil for its crops started about 4 years ago. They operate a Farm Stand called 'The Post' in Sunny Coast, located at 908 Reed Rd and open for business 7 days a week. It is only a 17-minute drive from the Langdale Ferry terminal. In addition, they supply their produce to several grocers and restaurants along the Coast, including Seaweeds Health Foods and Smitty's Oyster House.
4. Heat & Sol
A lovely family-owned farm started in 2021 and takes pride in its authentic homemade Mexican salsas and other tasty treats. The Farm uses regenerative agriculture and permaculture principles, avoiding chemical pesticides and herbicides. They sell fresh produce, eggs, salsa, and more at their Farm stand at 6282 Crowston Road Sechelt. The stand is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
5. Lorelei Lane
This company provides services for booking events and accommodations for various occasions, such as retreats, weddings, photoshoots, and workshops. They also organize events like Jazz on the Farm, which features live acoustic music, and seasonal workshops, including wreath making, raising backyard chickens, and raising honey bees. Their farm stand is at 2242 Porter Road in Roberts Creek, a 12-minute (drive) from the Langdale ferry terminal.
Are you interested in starting your own hobby farm? Look at this fantastic home for sale in Roberts Creek, BC. The property covers 1.88 acres and is zoned for farming, featuring a main house and an auxiliary dwelling. With CR1 zoning, you can cultivate and create whatever you desire. For more information on this property or others on the Coast, please contact Tara at 604-989-2577.