From 2008-2015, Makaria Farm fed food-loving folks in Victoria, the Cowichan and Nanaimo.
In late 2014, farmer Brock was diagnosed with kidney cancer. In June we learned that the cancer is extremely aggressive: he has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. This is a terminal form of cancer. There is no known cure and no realistic hope of remission. As a result, Brock and I (Heather) have decided to step away from our farm.
Brock is now undergoing treatment that we hope will slow the growth and spread of the tumours. We are creating a new, stress-free life full of books and good food and quality family & friend time. (And more books.)
Given that the main harvest season is only beginning, we invited our employees to operate the farm themselves for the rest of the year. They embraced the challenge with great enthusiasm. These young farmers have named themselves “Veggie Vibes”.
This is an awesome opportunity for the aspiring farmers who worked for us all spring to have the chance to run their own farm. We’re excited for them and hope they do well. You can show your support for these young pups and follow their adventures by Liking their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/veggievibesfarm
The 8th season of Makaria Farm’s vegetable share CSA program will continue for the remaining weeks, until the end of October. In order to make this transition as easy as possible for the Veggie Vibes team, we aren’t accepting any new subscriptions.
As for the Winter CSA program, we don’t know at this point whether it will go ahead as planned. The farm won’t accept any new subscriptions to that program until the Veggie Vibes team feels comfortable enough to make a decision is made in September. If the Winter CSA program is cancelled, those subscribers who have already paid will be refunded in full.
Our 10 acres of A1-ALR farm land in Cowichan Station is now for sale, and the 65 acres of leased property that we’ve been developing in Cowichan Bay is available for new farmer tenants.
As for me and Brock: we have really loved our time farming. It’s been our pleasure to grow food for so many people, and to be part of the food community on the Island. Thank you for all your support over the years.
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