You may have heard of Stowel Lake Farm, a stunning sustainable organic farm located on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. The farm was founded about 40 years ago and in the last 15 years, it’s become a thriving community of people living and working together. It consists of a large organic farm as well as a wellness retreat centre. The farm hosts more than 10,000 people a year through their farm stand, retreat centre, and other events hosted throughout the year.
Stowel Lake Farm is also home to 25 people who work and live together every single day, and now we’re getting a glimpse into their life in Seven Seasons on Stowel Lake Farm: Stories and Recipes that Nourish Community.
Here are some of the interesting things we learned from their book:
The farm’s menu changes based on the season
Haidee Hart is the chef at Stowel Lake Farm. Every day she’s given fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers and her menu has been able to grow along with the garden and the seasons. She can make changes to her meals based on what veggies are in season.
The children help take care of the animals
Growing up on a farm gives children a lot of time to explore nature, and the children at Stowel Lake Farm are no exception. The kids who live at Stowel Lake take care of different animals, and even raise their own. Noah Hart, one of the kids who grew up on the farm, raised his own cow when he was 13 years old. The cow and Noah became so close that it would only listen to him; farmers had to call Noah just to get the cow to move out of the garden.
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When we open the side of the chicken house this is what we see. We have Rhode Island Red and Australorps. I have to say those Australorps just want to sit all day on the nests – broody! . . . . #chickens #eggs #rhodeislandred #austrolorp #broody #farmlife #summer #fresheggs
Thursdays are very important
Thursday is an important day to Stowel Lake, so much so that it’s considered the “soul and lifeblood” of the farm. It’s a day where the community gets to work and eat together, and hang out with members of the community they might not get to see on a daily basis.
They have their own version of Halloween
At Stowel Lake, the adults join in on the Halloween fun with their version called Farmie Crawl. They dress up according to the theme of the year and go to each other’s houses to eat, drink and party. The children get to enjoy the Halloween festivities with a pumpkin carving party and bonfire with roasted pumpkin seeds and popcorn.
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A few shots from our week pumpkin carving, roasting seeds, being silly, sharing food – what beautiful days (and nights) to be out together. Thanks @over_grow_the_system for the photos #pumpkincarving #jackolantern #roastedseeds #halloween #autumn #fire #together #community #childhoodunplugged