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ZAKLAN HERITAGE FARM: GROWING DELICIOUS VEGETABLES USING ECOLOGICALLY FRIENDLY PRACTICES & KEEPING A BIT OF SURREY’S HISTORY ALIVE... Did you know we have an amazing and robust organic farm right in our back yard? Zaklan Heritage Farm has been in Surrey on 138th and 84th since 1928! They produce the most amazing organic produce – and we are so happy to have their locally grown products in our store! So far this year Zaklan Heritage Farm has provided us with stunning lettuces, salad mix, kales, radishes, and snap peas and we are looking forward to cukes and zukes and red Russian garlic any day now. We can’t wait to hear what the fall harvest will have in store for us! Check out the Zackan’s story: Motivated by a passion for the environment and creating positive change, we found ourselves farming at the UBC Farm in Vancouver in 2011. Gemma, a graduate of the Global Resource Systems program at UBC, was in her 4th season at the UBC Farm when she met Doug, a student in the Practicum program. At that time Doug was already beginning to sow the first seeds of Zaklan Heritage Farm, and Gemma was getting ready to take off for a year managing a farm in Peru. 2012 was spent apart, each learning and exploring new farming practices to complement those we’d learned at UBC Farm. When we re-united in 2013 we began to expand and grow the idea of what Zaklan Heritage Farm could be. Now in the second year together at the farm we are growing on twice as much space as the previous year and continue to increase the number of neighbours, families and community members fed from our farm. Started in the 1920’s by Dragan and Marta Zaklan, the Zaklan Family has been farming this land for over 80 years. In 2011 the now urban farm underwent a revitalization led by Doug, the next generation of Zaklans. With Doug’s vision, and ample support from the family, the farm has been transformed into a diverse mixed vegetable and livestock operation. Our 8 acres grows a diversity of vegetable and fruit crops, as well as provides space to pasture livestock, including our 95 laying hens. The birds are rotated around the farm throughout the season, providing them access to fresh green grass and grubs all year long. Growing food using an intensive production system, with small machinery and hand tools, we are able to minimize our fossil fuel consumption and better manage our soils in an ecologically sound way. Utilizing an intensive cropping style, the vegetables and fruits produced on the farm are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals. Fueled by organic compost and sustainable soil management practices, the produce emerges vibrant and fresh from the fields. Throughout the season we grow over 40 different types of vegetables, providing a diversity of tastes, textures and colours to awaken the taste buds to what real food tastes like. We tend to our animals and vegetables with respect and care, producing a product we are proud to share, and love to eat ourselves! A little piece of Canadian (and Surrey’s) history – learn about how the Zackland Farm came to be all the way back in 1920 here. Did you know you can collaborate with the Zackllands for a better world? Check out their volunteer and special projects page here.
“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. ” ― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
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