Earth Apple Organic Farm and Close to Home Organics live and work alongside each other as members of the Glen Valley Organic Farm Cooperative. GVOFC is a land co-operative, in Abbotsford, BC, which stewards a beautiful 50 acre property with much wildlife and natural waterways that meet with the Salmon migrations of the mighty Fraser River, just footsteps from our fields. GVOFC has overseen the farming of this land since 1999, and we acknowledge the traditional ancestral and unceded shared territory of the Sumas First Nation and Matsqui First Nation. These two First Nations are part of the Stό:lō Nation. The Stό:lō people have lived in the Fraser Valley for 10,000 years. It is for this reason that we acknowledge the traditional territory in which we reside and grow food.
Close to Home Organics is a family farm business, operating at Glen Valley Organic Farm. Chris Bodnar and Paige Dampier manage the business, overseeing crop planning, growing, harvesting and sales. We grow an array of certified organic, seasonal vegetables and fruit, selling through this Community Shared Agriculture program.
Chris and Paige have lived and worked at Glen Valley Organic Farm since 2007. We started Close to Home Organics in the fall of 2011, building off of five years of farming experience. Our guiding philosophy is that the healthiest, most flavourful and environmentally sustainable food is grown close to home.
To provide a Fruit Share option to our CSA we partner with Snowy Mountain Organics — a long standing organic farm hidden in the South Similkameen with a 33 year history of organic farming. In 2021, the farm passed from the dedicated hands of Lauren Sellars -- after over 30 years of growing! -- to Aaron and Carly Godard. With a year under their belts, Aaron and Carly will continue to provide cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, pears, quince and apples (in season) for our Fruit Share in 2022.
Snowy Mountain Organics
Aaron and his wife Carly moved to the Similkameen Valley, BC in 2010, and instantly fell in love with their surroundings. For the past 10 years they have been working in, and farming vineyards. In 2018 they co-founded Scout Vineyard, a wine farm and cooperative with a focus on organic farming and natural wine-making. After years of dreaming of owning their own permaculture farm, the opportunity presented itself to purchase Snowy Mountain Organics. They hope to continue to foster the diversity that Lauren brought to her orchard for 33 years, build soil health, and feed their community.
We occasionally partner with other BC certified organic producers to bring our CSA members even more variety of local fruits, berries and melons.