Friday, November 7, 2014
Farming as career path
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'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.