Quadra Island Farm

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Organic Farm Stay

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In an couple of days I’ve had some very unique experiences at the Quadra Farm with my lovely host family. I’ve walked a goat, held a freshly laid warm egg, picked blackberries, clipped duck wings and this is just for starters.

On top of this I’ve been so fortunate as to be able to glimpse into such a diverse culture of people. The island, just off the coast of has a real sense of community, people caring for each other.

I arrived on ferry to Vancouver island town Niamo and was picked up by my host family. It was heading on night-time as we headed onto the Quadra Island Ferry. The next morning after a late start Tara took me into town with her to pick up groceries and baby clothes from her friends. They were a happy lesbian couple with a beautiful property, two children, chickens and dogs, a horse and a miniature pony.

Tara is trained as a chef and her cooking is amazing. That night we had freshly caught halibut and salmon with almond slithers and capers. Most of the food we eat either is organic or comes from the garden.

After dinner we took the goats for a walk to eat salmonberry leaves, they love salmonberries. I walked Jewel the young goat. Goats not very good walkers unless they can be motivated by food.

The next day I spent the morning picking silverberries. After which, I helped cut part of a duck wing to prevent the birds flying away. It sounds cruel but It does not hurt the animal and they would be in great danger of wolves, dogs and coyotes if they were to escape. The animals here are extremely well cared for. The chickens are let out of their coop daily to roam the paddocks freely.

We began moving wood to be stacked in the shed for winter and I’m apparently a naturally talented wood stacker! Tara and Bryce were both very impressed with my straight and neat wood wall. I guess that’s the industrial designer in me coming out. I enjoy the job because it’s a little like wooden Tetris.

We picked blackberries last night. Fortunately I’m only a little scathed from the blackberry thorns. Tara made a wicked blackberry pie & crumble. (I’m am going to be 5kgs heavier by the time I leave this farm).

The people of Quadra I have met seem to have amazing properties. The house we dropped one a friend was no exception. The French couple we visited homeschooling their children in the most amazing environment. The family lives an alternative lifestyle as nudists, however when we arrived they were mostly clothed.The house backed onto it’s own bay – views were incredible. The house was based on a Scandinavian design and had some very clever use of space. The upstairs childrens bedrooms even has ‘secret cubbyhole rooms’ only a metre high that the use to kids play in.

Tristan will arrive in less than a week and we are both counting down the days. We are both excited about travelling to Alaska. I'm going to have to a minute attempt to glam myself up a bit after living in workpants, gumboots and wearing ed de dirt for the last 3 weeks!
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