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Glen Eden Organic Farm
Contact: Howard and Sally Green
Address: 4690 Old Lake Cowichan Rd Duncan, BC, V9L6J2
Email Address: gleneden@shaw.ca
Phone: 250-746-6954
About Us
Glen Eden Organic Farm is an 8 1/2 acre property nestled in the Sahtlam Hills west of Duncan on the old Cowichan Lake Road. The property is set back, and connected to, the highway by a long panhandle driveway. It is covered, for the most part, by forest and pasture with the exception of a one acre mixed berry field, a 2000 sq. ft. greenhouse and 3000 sq. ft. market garden.

Certified organic since 2005 with Islands Organic Producers Association (IOPA #1307), we grow a wide variety of market garden vegetables, berries and herbs; and, raise free range meat chickens. Production fields are fenced but the rest of the property remains natural allowing deer and elk to move through and drink from our two ponds. Frequent visits from eagles are common and in spring the swallows return each year to nest and raise their young.
Practices
Organic farming is an active, labour-intensive process, with lower volume than conventional farming. Because of the inherent challenges to raising and producing certified organic chickens, Glen Eden is one of a small number of farms in the valley to undertake it. Organic products have additional costs associated with product certification, segregation throughout the food chain, and much higher costs for feed that contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or commercial fertilizers. No commercial organic chicken rations ever contain hormones and since birds are given no antibiotics, we must protect the birds’ natural immune systems by adhering to a higher degree of sanitation, nutrition and diligence.

"Organic certification is the only guarantee to consumers that organic farmers are doing what they say they are doing. Organic Certification is a system of site inspection by an independent third party, followed by a review of inspection reports and assignment of organic status. Certifiers look at the process of organic farming, rather than the final product. Food produced in accordance with these standards has been inspected from growth to storage, including handling and waste elimination."