About

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:

  1. 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.

  2. An informed and conscientious submission to nature, or to Nature, and her laws of conservation, frugality, fullness or completeness, and diversity.

  3. 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.

  4. From that to a persuasion in favour of economic democracy, a preference for enough over too much.

  5. 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.

  6. From that to a preference for saving rather than spending as the basis of the economy of a household or government.

  7. An assumption of the need for a subsistence or household economy, so as to live so far as possible from one’s place.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

 

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Markets


 

Farmers Markets

“Direct selling of local products is at the heart of today’s renaissance of non-industrial-scale farming. The work we do as farmers addresses a need felt by a growing number of people who want to support and get to know local producers.”

-JM Fortier, The Market Gardener

 

As Local as it gets

We sell vegetables in two farmers market streams, with the hope of landing in three total streams in 2019. Friday nights from May – September you’ll find us at the Yarrow Farm Market from 5-8p, where we sell our produce and offer direct pickup of CSA boxes. This market holds a special place in our heart, as it was the very first market we ever sold anything at (4 years ago, during the germination period of our farm). Now starting its 5th year, the pace allows for time to meet and know our customers by name and by preference. Oh, by the way: the market is literally right next to the farm. Bring a beer and we’ll sneak out back to check out the fields.

Survival as a Business

While it’s important to maintain a local presence, we still have a need to tap into well established revenue streams, which is why we also sell in the Coquitlam Farmers Market on Sundays mornings from 9a-1p from the beginning of May through the end of October. This market is flush with a community of supporters who show up every week to get their hands on product that is still very local (market is less than 75km from our farm). Driving to sustainable markets is essential to our survival as a business, and we’re so thankful that this is still close enough to be worth our drive.

Coming Soon

It is our hope to join the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market in 2019 on Saturdays from May through October.

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Community Supported Agriculture

If markets are the foundation of the farm, our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program represents the soil which holds the nutrients in place for crops to grow. The CSA program brings the farm to life in the spring as bills pile up during startup. Planning for seeds, developing a rotation schedule, ordering compost, making repairs, and business growth doesn’t happen while the days are hot and the crops grow quickly. We need those days to focus on the fields. These expensive endeavours happen while agrarians rest and restore their bodies. The CSA members, using their chequebooks, say to us as farmers:

We believe in local food.
We believe in you.

Before a single crop is sown, the CSA members put their support behind our farm and get us off the ground in a way that doesn’t cost us more money. For those of you already CSA members, thank you.

To learn more about our CSA, please look over this document.