Join Young Agrarians for a farm tour of Ragley Farm, a 100-year-old farm located right next to scenic East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island. During the tour you’ll learn how Ragley came to host a buzzing weekly market, which features fresh produce and abundant baked goods. You’ll also see how our famous salad mix is grown along with myriad other vegetables, all while enjoying the farm’s beautiful secluded forest setting.
When: July 11, 2015 | 5:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Ragley Farm, 5717 East Sooke Road, BC
Please bring something to share and tools to eat with for a potluck supper after the tour. Please join the event on Facebook so we know we’ll see you there!
Ragley Farm is about a 40 minute drive from downtown Victoria, and about 20 minutes from Sooke and Metchosin, so carpooling is recommended.
About the Farm:
Ragley Farm was founded in 1912. They grow a wide variety of vegetables for restaurants and for our on-site Saturday Markets, which also feature soups, delicious pastries and fresh baked bread from our wood-fired oven. If you’ve never had a freshly baked pain au chocolat from their wood fired outdoor oven – you aren’t living!
Ragley Farm was originally founded by Miss Emily Walker of England’s Ragley Estate in 1912. In 1927, the Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII-to-be) dropped by the farm for a visit. The on-site market has been running for almost 20 years.
They also supply produce to respected restaurants like the Sooke Harbour House, and OLO in Victoria. Today they’re especially well-known for their salad mix, as well as less conventional crops like lemon cucumbers, papalo (a Mexican herb), and over-sized rutabagas.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Maarten Dankers been farming on the West Coast for about four years. This is his second season as the garden manager at Ragley Farm.
Fellow Young Agrarian Sam Parker has been the kitchen manager at Ragley for three seasons. Originally from Arizona, she makes all the baked goods and also helps in the garden.