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Community Resilience: How BC Seed Growers are Farming in the Face of COVID-19

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Over the past weeks we have seen an outpouring of support and interest in local farmers. Given the current crisis, people are more interested in where their food comes from and the people who are making it happen. In this series we give you a behind the scenes look at our family farms and the changes we are experiencing, in hopes to deepen our connection and enhance our community resilience. 

Today Adam from Linnaea Farm based on Cortes Island, shares the highs and lows of their current experience.

What is a significant change you've faced on your farm over the past few weeks?

Linnaea Farm is a community land trust, registered charity and a working farm. We host camps and workshops in the summer time to bring in the income needed to keep our facilities open year round and programs running. With COVID, all of these activities are cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Having to cancel permaculture and farm based workshops is extra hard right now when everyone is needing a little more local in their isolation diets.

What is one thing you need the community to understand right now? 

Seeds need good soil, plenty of water, the sun to shine, a secure fence and a gardener to care for them. Seed should never be hoarded as they are a gift that needs to be returned to the earth year after year to ensure they improve and adapt!

What is some good news or small joy to tell us about?

Having my daughters (17 and 21) home and helping out on the farm and in the garden. This unexpected break in the routines of work and school has been a chance to reconnect, which has been a true blessing in all the uncertainty.


To learn more about Linnaea Farm visit their website or connect with them on Facebook @linnaeafarmcortes
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