We farm according to the belief that healthy, delicious food is inextricably linked to the health of the soil that produces it. Healthy soil is teeming with microorganisms (a teaspoon of rich garden soil can hold up to one billion bacteria and several thousand protozoa) and organic matter--the decaying remains of plants, animals, and all those microbes. Both of these elements tend towards absence in farming systems that make heavy, sustained use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. A carrot is not a carrot is not a carrot.
At Unearthed, it's the soil, not the produce, that we focus on, because we know that that if we maintain good soil, veggies full of nutrition and flavour will follow. To this end, we use organic practices. We were certified organic on our farm lease in Peachland, and will be applying for organic certification on this new lease in Kelowna (certification applies to the land, not the farmer).
We also strive to keep the time between harvest and distribution as short as possible to ensure that our produce is consumed at or very near its peak of freshness.
We believe in transparency. We invite our customers to ask us how and why we do things the way we do. We're happy to take calls to this end, or to arrange tours for those who want to check out the farm.
Finally, we want you to know that we love to eat. Alone or with people we care about; gussied up in a nice restaurant or dirt-smeared faces in the garden; turnips pulled straight out of the soil or brined pickles we waited three months for or jujubes from Bulk Barn on the way home from the farm. We love food, and we love trying our damndest to produce good food for ourselves and our customers.
Oh yeah...we also love to dance, however awkwardly.