A Conversation with Ebe’s Garden
Let’s start with the basics. Please tell us your farm name and your location?
Parson, British Columbia- Golden Area A.
Operated by Ebe Krisch & Ingrid Risch
What kind of farm do you run?
We grow vegetables, herbs, fruits, & berries. We are not currently “Certified Organic,” but are 100% dedicated to the challenge of keeping our garden free of any and all chemicals, even “organic” herbicides and pesticides. We are also diligent to source Heirloom Variety, Certified Organic seeds, & of course they are all “Non GMO.”
We are two young farmers that grow the way nature intended with back to basic’s farming. We maintain a bee happy habitat using grandfather crops, succession farming, biointensive agricultural practices, more than 100 different varieties of fruits and vegetables and all on less than one acre.
As a farmer, why do you do what you do?
We were introduced to gardening by both our parents at a young age. It was normal for us to gather meal supplies from down in the garden, & make everything from scratch. We grew-up below the poverty line by Canadian standards- so growing our own food was a way to save money. We were taught to be stewards of our land, and to be proud of the land; if you feed the soil, it will feed you.
We enjoy the challenge of farming like our ancestors, we don’t believe it’s necessarily easier to use chemicals or advanced machinery to grow nice big vegetables, it’s definitely not cheaper. We take pride in all we can accomplish and amaze even ourselves by the bounty our garden provides after all our hard work. It’s Seasonal work so you “make hay while the sun is shining”. We have a short season & must make the most out of it. Caring for the soil, getting to nourish your body with what you’ve grown from seed, sharing that with others and making a living doing something you love and believe in, is a very healthy lifestyle.
Where can we find + purchase your products?
Wednesday Golden Farmers’ Market 12pm-5pm, & Saturday Golden Farmers’ Market 10am-3pm.
We also provide produce for back country catering outfits as well as lodges and restaurants.
What else would you like people to know about your farm?
We started farming when we were quite young and we are now on our 10 year anniversary selling at our local farmers’ market. We really like to promote & inspire local agriculture. At our Farmers’ Markets local food producers take precedence, and we believe strongly in local food sustainability and sovereignty. With our new Local Food Matters Working group we are going to see more educational endeavors through a Farm to school program, seed saving, food preservation classes, community gardens and so much more! We want to really open people’s eyes to the unique growing climate we have here locally. It is possible to grow a wide variety that most would not associate with the North Columbia Region, from plums, prunes, apricots, sweet & sour cherries, every kind of apple, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, walnuts, hazelnuts, grapes, hops, the list goes on.
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