Mark and Alison decided to emigrate from Boulder, Colorado after the 2004 elections when George W. Bush was re-elected President. Aren't we glad we did! Their parallel journey of emigration and exploration of natural farming is chronicled in Alison’s blog, Musings from Peachland. They became Canadian Citizens in March 2015!
Alison has been an arts administrator extraordinaire for more than 30 years. A devotee of dance, she served as the Executive Director for Ballet Kelowna while pursuing her life-long dream to become an organic farmer on a small family farm. Now she is a Partner in Oomph! Consulting and a Life Cycle Celebrant performing weddings, Celebrations of Life and seasonal ceremonies.
"We feel welcome in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and blessed to live on this amazing piece of property. We believe
visitors to Ravens View Farm will experience the beauty and bounty of nature and will leave with a greater sense of their place in the world. As stewards of the land, we strive to create a sustainable farm where, through working the land gently and respectfully, we nurture a deeper spiritual connection to Mother Earth."
Ravens View Farm's orchard is known for its succulent tree-ripened stone fruit in particular peaches and plums. Master chefs throughout the Central Okanagan Valley appreciate Ravens View Farm's produce, which are featured on their restaurants' menus. U Pick Customers are welcome. (Please call ahead)
Six varieties of free-stone peaches ripen throughout the growing season late July through early September. All the varieties are wonderful fresh, frozen or canned. First is the early ripening Harrow Diamond offering the first taste of the season, followed by Harbrites, the wonderful Red and Glo Havens people rave about, then Canadian Harmonies, and, finally, the famed Suncrest featured in the book “Epitaph for a Peach,” which inspired Alison to become a peach orchardist. This and because what else would one grow in Peachland but peaches!
More than 45 heritage plum trees offering two varieties of yellow plums, Italian Prune, Santa Rosa, and many more. These have become a mainstay at the Peachand Farmers Market. Once visitors taste the juicy tree-ripened plum, the are converts and come back for more. Customers now pre-order peaches and plums in advance for pick up at the Ravens View Farm booth at the Peachland Farmers and Crafters Market on Sunday’s 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
The perennial culinary herb garden features the most popular herbs for every kitchen including: parsley, chives, fennel, oregano, sage, savoury, thyme, tarragon, and more.
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