Agrarians & Animal Husbandry
Shane and Emma of Aslan Organics are agrarians committed to the local production and access of Certified Organic vegetables and Heritage Rainbow eggs. Our privilege of farming in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia is a dream we thought we would have to wait for most of our life to experience. Yet, we find ourselves nestled at the Yarrow Ecovillage living out this discovery of self and purpose. I am indebted to the wisdom portrayed by our favourite agrarian, Wendell Berry, for if Aslan Organics is to be understood, it is thanks to his elegant words:
An elated, loving interest in the use and care of the land, and in all the details of the good husbandry of plants and animals.
An informed and conscientious submission to nature, or to Nature, and her laws of conservation, frugality, fullness or completeness, and diversity.
The wish, the felt need, to have and to belong to a place of one’s own as the only secure source of sustenance and independence.
From that to a persuasion in favour of economic democracy, a preference for enough over too much.
Fear and contempt of waste of every kind and its ultimate consequence in land exhaustion. Waste is understood as human folly, an insult to nature, a sin against the given world and its life.
From that to a preference for saving rather than spending as the basis of the economy of a household or government.
An assumption of the need for a subsistence or household economy, so as to live so far as possible from one’s place.
An acknowledged need for neighbours and a willingness to be a neighbour. This comes from proof by experience that no person or family or place can live alone.
A living sense of the need for continuity of family and community life in place, which is to say the need for the survival of local culture and thus the safekeeping of local memory and local nature.
Respect for work and (as self-respect) for good work. This implies an understanding of one’s life’s work as a vocation and a privilege, as opposed to a “job” and a vacation.
A lively suspicion of anything new. This contradicts the ethos of consumerism and the cult of celebrity. It is not inherently cranky or unreasonable.
– Wendell Berry (C) 2017 The Art of Loading Brush
We work with those who have forged ahead of us, picking up the best and most proven methods along the way to deliver you an extremely healthy and delicious product that exceeds your previous experience with eggs or vegetables. Our products will overload your taste buds with joy. If not, just come to us at market to explain your disappointment, and we will find a way to make you happy.
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Shane and Emma Rozeveld
I’m holding an art project I did in the 3rd grade. It’s a simple picture, drawn on white paper with what looks like dull crayons. But on the page is a drawing of a beautiful country scenery, with a lovely two story house and barn, and a big tractor, my 3rd grade self driving with confidence and waving a huge “hello!” (Seriously, you need to see how oversized this hand is.) Written in green is “I want to be a farmer when I grow up.”
It’s so interesting to watch your entire life head in a certain direction when all of a sudden you wake up to realize, “This isn’t what I actually want to do.” I had been working for 8 years, sought out 2 degrees, and spent 9 years of school working towards this tumultuous vocation, and I could no longer keep doing it. As a result, I opened the door to the solace of agrarianism, only to realize I had found my true home–this is where I belonged.
And so I refine my craft, one day at a time. And I couldn’t do any of this without saying thank you to my family. Thank you to my wife and my son, for how steadfast you are in the support of this farm. To my parents, who somehow instilled so much of what I need to be good at this. And to you, the community, who supports this project.
It’s magical. It’s Eden.