The Tree to Me farm was started in the spring of 2009 to support the market vision and agri-tourism elements of Tree to Me. It was started by two guys who had more passion for what they wanted than knowledge about how to get there. Over the following years we have grown a lot of weeds and harvested plenty of rocks. However, we have also produced some of the finest tasting strawberries, tomatoes, melons and peaches we have ever had. Our passion was and remains to grow and harvest the finest tasting product possible and to deliver it to the consumer in a timely manner.
Our approach to farming tree fruits changed the day that we sat down with a sage old farmer who had this to say: (paraphrase) When growing tree fruits, there are only two things you need to worry about; tree health and fruit quality. Never before had we met someone who started a conversation with these topics. He then proceeded to educate us on how good tree health and exceptional fruit quality. We are only a couple of years into trying to implement these systems, but we have already experienced tangible results with our peaches and are looking forward to more!Peaches
Although we have a large farm with considerable space, we have opted to follow the “market garden” techniques re-introduced to North America by the likes of Elliot Coleman and further developed by Canadian growers such as Jean-Martin Fortier. The basic principles that guide “market gardening” are small scale intensive plots and minimal use of energy inputs. As of the fall of 2014, our product inventory includes asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, pumpkins, carrots and salad greens. In the ensuing months and years we anticipate having an even more highly diversified selection of annual vegetables grown over an extended season.
At Tree to Me we are proud to be a part of British Columbia’s agricultural community. In the Similkameen Valley in particular, there are so many young farmers with an earnest desire to farm responsibly and improve upon the status quo. We believe healthy farming relates to healthy eating which relates to healthy living. We look forward to meeting you at some point along our journey.