AUG 7, 2022: ARMSTRONG, BC – Land Social at Pilgrims’ Produce

Posted by Tessa Thompson on July 05, 2022

You’re invited to an outdoor Land Social and Farm Tour at Pilgrims’ Produce – with local live musicians Roots and Strings – in Armstrong, B.C! If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, or just want to check out what your local farmers are up to and enjoy some live music, join us for the event. 

Pilgrims’ Produce is a certified organic farm featuring fruit and nut orchards and 7 acres in market garden veggies – there’s lots to see here! The farm celebrated 30 years in 2021, and last year saw the land and farm transition from the founding farmers Robert and Kathryn Hettler to new operators, Dan and Kat Saxton. 

We’ll tour the farm, network, and look at the steps to building a successful land sharing relationship. Your regional Land Matcher will share information about how the B.C. Land Matching Program can help you find the perfect farmer for your land – or farmland where you can build your dream farm business. And then we will share delicious food and enjoy a live music by Roots and Strings!

Land Socials connect farmers and farmland holders, and set them up to receive ongoing support through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Both farmers seeking land and farmland holders thinking about sharing land are encouraged to attend – as well as anyone who loves food, farming, and getting out onto the land.

DATE: Sunday, Aug 7th, 2022 • 4-8 pm

LOCATION: Syilx Territory.  1568 Eagle Rock Road, Armstrong, BC. 

REGISTER:  Please register on eventbrite so we have an idea of attendance.

SCHEDULE (times are approximate): 
4-5 Farm Tour
5-6 Introduction circle & B.C. Land Matching Program Overview
6-8 Potluck, Refreshments & Networking and Music

BRING: Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on and sturdy shoes for walking the farm. Please bring a dish to share, a plate, and tools to eat with.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Please stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, OR if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are completing a period of self-isolation as mandated by public health, OR if you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days. Refer to the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for more information.

We welcome cancellations at any time – you can do so through Eventbrite, through the link in your registration confirmation email, or by contacting Please let us know if you aren’t able to attend. If provincial health guidelines for events change, we may cancel the event and you will be notified by email.

AVIAN FLU PROTOCOLS: To prevent the spread of the current avian flu, if you keep poultry or have visited a farm or household that does, please wash your boots before coming onto the property.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home.

  • Not sure what to bring to the potluck? Consider supporting your local, organic farmer and/or food producer and find inspiration with their ingredients. Also, it is greatly appreciated if you can include a little card with the ingredients list for your dish in case people have food allergies/sensitivities

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About Pilgrims’ Produce

We marry modern organic practices with tried and true techniques. For example, for season extension we use high-tunnel greenhouses; for pest management, row-covers; for weed control, stale-bedding, flame-weeding and old-fashioned hoeing! With fruit and nut orchards, some using permaculture principles, a wild habitat area, berries, plus about 7 acres planted in garden-style veggies from Asparagus to Zucchini, this certified organic farm has a lot going on!
While Pilgrims’ Produce celebrated its 30th farming season in April of 2021, the farm hands officially changed and the first year for the new owners began. Robert and Kathryn Hettler are now enjoying retirement life on the farm while Dan and Kat Saxton and family are beginning their new adventure farming!



Not able to join us for this event? Fear not! Save the date for a farmer social coming up in August:

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022


Through the B.C. Land Matching Program, Young Agrarians offers support to farmers looking for land for their farm business, and landholders looking for farmers to farm their land. We’ve made more than 204 matches on over 9,100 acres to date! The OKANAGAN Land Matcher will be attending the event to answer any questions the B.C. Land Matching Program. For those unable to join us, you can send a message to for more information.

The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Okanagan by the Province of British Columbia, with support from the Real Estate Foundation.

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