Salix and Sedge Farm is owned and run by Cali Olleck and Brendan Parsons. Having our own farm was a long time dream for both of us, and we were surprised when we actually made it a reality in the fall of 2014. We both had a bit of formal farm education, but it still has been a steep learning curve! Cali had previously graduated from Richmond Farm School at Kwantlen University, interned at the compost education centre in Victoria, and managed two community gardens for a non-profit in Nelson. Brendan participated in a gardening program at Linnaea Farm and interned at an apiary. So, with our combined lack of production knowledge, we decided to jump right in! 2018 will be year four in production for us, so we are still quite new, but we keep learning and fine tuning as we go. The past three years have been challenging, but equally rewarding. Hopefully we can continue to learn and grow food for the next 40 years!
Salix and Sedge, what’s in a name?
Our farm is named after the prominent flora found on our farm. Salix is the genus of willows, of which we have many varieties. Sedge is a three sided grass-like plant which thrives in wet conditions and can form ‘sedge meadows’. We have an abundance of sedge on our low lying property and it is the primary perennial weed that we have had to deal with so far. Our name roots us in our surrounding ecosystem, plus we just like alliteration. Beaver ponds, wetland, and mixed forest makes up the majority of our property and is home to a diverse array of wildlife. We find inspiration and rejuvenation in our surroundings, and feel incredibly lucky to be able to work outside everyday.
Salix and Sedge Farm exists to grow healthy, high quality food for our local community. We want to achieve this through hard work, focused management and innovation while maintaining respect and care for our land, animals and ecosystems.