On September 11, 2021, we gathered with more than 30 people for a socially-distanced outdoor Land Social at Jewel Creek Farm just outside of Greenwood, B.C., unceded and traditional territory of the Syilx Nation. Land Socials connect farmers and farmland holders, and set them up to receive ongoing support through the program, as well as anyone who loves food, farming, and getting out onto the land.
After an exciting introduction circle interrupted by a passing bear in the distance (mountain farming!), the group had a chance to wander the terrain of this opportunity available for off-grid and partially off-grid home sites and food production, a listing with the B.C. Land Matching Program. The farming, permaculture, brewing and eco-tourism hospitality taking place at Jewel Creek Farm and EcoVillage is something Oliver wants to share through a long-term land cooperative!
Thank you to our host Oliver and everyone who joined us for the tour and pizza! Check out some photos from the event below.
About Jewel Creek Farm & EcoVillage
Jewel Creek Farm is run by Oliver Glaser in the hills outside Greenwood between Grand Forks and Rock Creek, just over two hours drive from Kelowna, and minutes from Jewel Lake Provincial Park.
The farm already grows a diversity of vegetables, herbs and protein that are used in the farm-to-table dining experience offered on the farm for AirBnB guests and campers. The farm uses sustainable methods to produce food for the incredibly tasty wood-fired pizzas served on site.
The farm offers 142 acres of open and wooded land with Jewel Creek running through it as well as at least one artesian spring. It has great sun exposure, good top soil and is big enough for several families to live on self sufficiently.
It has crown land on 3 sides and trails all around. The intention on the unzoned land is to find like-minded people who would like to build a natural home, yurt or tiny house designed to minimize ecological disturbance and maximize use of the fertile, previously cleared areas for organic farming and gardening.
The farm already produces its own solar power. Grey water is treated naturally and used for irrigation. Composting toilets are provide humanure for some gardens and plants.
The long-term vision for the property involves hosting workshops, retreats, and small festivals related to sustainability, music and the arts. The goal is for those on the land to join in local and sustainable food production.
The farm invites people to join who have some skills and experience in community living, natural building, establishing off-grid energy systems, permaculture, organic farming, educational programs and/or are simply and wonderfully handy, hardworking, hands-on folks. This is a place for practical, hard working, rational, freethinkers who enjoy life, being active and healthy, and believe in sustainability.
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The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Columbia Basin by the Province of British Columbia, with support from Columbia Basin Trust and Patagonia.