our farm in langley bc canada has been in the family since 1956 . my dad came over from europe after the war , working as a welder . he bought langley after a year in the country.the farm was called scrub land ,due to its hills and alder stands. my dad was an off the grid person before they existed in the area , we read mother earth news . my dad built a hydro plant from scratch and in the eighties started buying solar panels. we had gardens and chickens . everything very simple.
in the nineties i met my wife viviane , she was working in the greenhouse industry, i was beekeeping. after a injury at work viviane started up her own business importing lavender, provence fabric etc. from france. i was doing antiques and auctions . viviane and i over this time brought different varieties of lavender from around the world france and the states mostly. some faired some failed and we found a few varieties that worked for us.
just doing lavender was not our plan so i started growing other plants such as dahlias ,yacon, specialty potatoes , squashes ,jerusalem artichoke, herbs and many other plants. trying and finding what plants work for us.
every year we are making more farmable land.