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Friday, November 7, 2014

Farming as career path
'Once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman,and a preacher but everyday, three times a day, you need a farmer'.  Brenda Schoeep's grandfather
A couple of weeks ago our local garden club had a special guest speaker from Mechosin.  A farmer and editor of Small Farm Canada, Tom Henry, .attracted a large contingent of local farmers and the discussion was informed and lively.   A silence fell over the audience as he informed us the income of a successful small farm in BC - $12,000 to 15,000.  Huh?
Last week I was surprised to be introduced to a new acquaintance as a 'local farmer'.  A compliment for sure but certainly an exaggeration.  I do have a small backyard farm raising ducks and chickens for meat and eggs and I have a couple of dairy goats for milk and cheese, I sell the surplus product when legal to do so.  It is not a financially robust career path but it is immensely gratifying work and to know exactly where and how your food was grown or raised is priceless   I have struggled with labels especially when they pertain to career choices.  I don't like to be defined by what I do for a living. Although being a farmer is a label I would wear with pride. 
If you are visiting Quadra Island or have the fortune to live here please make an effort to meet and support our local farmers. October through April, you can find them selling their bounty at the Local Food Market on the occasional Saturday at the local community centre.  In the summer months they frequent the Q Cove Market located behind the Credit Union. They are a stellar group of people making our island just a little more sustainable and a lot more delicious.
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