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this good earth

sweet digz farm soil conditions steveston richmond

We don’t often think of the ground we walk on as being a resource but here in Richmond the soil is composed of sand and silt making it good for growing certain fruits and vegetables. The soil filters the air and water around us and is a part of the global climate through its role in the exchange and storage of gas. It is also important in supporting the natural ecosystem through the diverse organisms contained in the soil. All these things can come together to help create a better local economy and provide healthy eating alternatives. Read More


welcome to sweet digz

organic farming richmond steveston

This summer I will be spending my time at the Sweet Digz Farm on No. 2 Road just a stone’s throw away from my home. Farmers Kimi and Kareno have leased four acres in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and are committed to being good stewards of the land and growing healthy, organic vegetables for their local community.

Richmond might be a modern city with a population of more than 200,000 but it has a rich farming history that is still being written today right here in Steveston. As property values in Metro Vancouver soar to new heights, there is a push to convert farmland in the ALR for either commercial or residential development but there is a counterbalance to that pressure.

People like Kareno and Kimi have a vision to help preserve agricultural land through small scale farming and creating a local community of interest. I’ll be following their journey to restore this vacant plot of land to a more productive ecosystem through more environmentally sustainable farming methods. I hope you will join me!