Re-Forming Formed: 2006 Established: 2006
This page last updated:3/11/2013
Golden Ears Farm
Chase, British Columbia,
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We are a small co-operative farm community of 5 people, (plus a baby due in June), all in our 20s and 30s, focusing on growing healthy organic food, supporting ourselves and our local community, and building a home and farm that is as sustainable and self-sufficient as possible.
We have 34 acres in the beautiful South Thompson Valley beside the Thompson River and near a little town called Chase. We share our land with our cows, goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, dogs, bees, and a cat. Our main crops are corn, strawberries, raspberries and squash, and we also grow a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruits.
We attend farmers' markets, are launching a CSA, operate a bike shop, and other budding endeavours.
In the past, new members have worked on the farm, everyone working together long days all summer. After that summer of sweat equity, people were included in our profit share structure. This isn't the path we want to continue on, but haven't set up a new member protocol yet.
We're open to new ideas and diversifying our operations. If you have ideas and think you might be a good fit for our community, let's start a conversation.
Note - BAKER WANTED: We currently bake 3 types of bread and make pie for the farmers' market and our roadside fruit stand. We could use help with the baking this summer; contact us to talk if interested.
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This page last updated:3/11/2013
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Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Housing in our community is incidental to employment and therefore fair housing laws do not apply (though employment discrimination laws may).
Members(adults and children):
Labor and Money
100% income sharing
(Currently we operate a business together, divide the profit, leave a portion for expenses and keep the rest individually. 30% of income outside of that goes into the farm fund)
(We work together during the growing season in the garden, field, and at our Fruit Stand. We work alot! We work 10 hours per day with one day off a week, but there is no hour counting, just doing what needs to be done.)
(Usually new members work for a season without being in the "profit share" either making no money, or just earning an hourly wage at our Fruit Stand for one season)
Land and Buildings
(Outside a town with population 2500)
34 acres (13.8 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
(Mother of a community member, potential to become a landtrust)
Number of Residences:
(One large house, 2 small straw bale structures)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We buy rice, quinoa and some spices.)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
We all share a common diet
(We enjoy eating meat we have raised, slaughtered and butchered ourselves but have accomodated vegetarians before by simply making a veggie version of every meal.)
(One resident brews beer and with a lot of fruit to preserve throughout the season fermenting is often the answer.)
(We grow our own tobacco and some smoke that, but corporate cigarettes are not welcome)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(No school aged children yet)
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