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Rake and Radish Farm
City: Saanich, BC,
Email Address: ardeo@rakeandradish.ca
About Us
Rake and Radish is a solo farm operation growing a wide range of vegetables, as well as berries and flowers, at the base of PKOLS on unceded WSÁNEC territory.

At Rake and Radish Farm, I strive to queer farming and make fresh, delicious vegetables more accessible to people in our community.

I operate with a triple bottom line: environmental, financial, and emotional. This means holistic success that takes into account more than just the financial success of the farm operation. Regenerative land stewardship, a fulfilling social life, relationships, and time to recharge are all part of the farm’s measure of success.
Practices
While I don’t have organic certification, I do not use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or GMO seeds, and am required to follow the regulations set out by the Islands Organic Producers Association (IOPA) as a condition of my lease agreement.

Habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects is provided through the planting of marigolds, alyssum, and yarrow as well as cut flower beds. Pest and disease management is be done through crop rotation practices, healthy soil, and organic approved products, should the need arise.

I use a fertilizer mix of alfalfa meal, rock phosphate, dolopril lime, rock dust and kelp meal to boost soil nutrients. Compost, mulch, and cover cropping are also used to boost soil fertility and organic matter.

I’m always happy to share my growing practices and answer any questions that you might have about what’s going into the soil and how I’m growing your vegetables!