Chuckleberry Community Farm grows food not just for physical nourishment, but for relationship development, for personal growth, and for the building up of community resiliency. Jon Scott and his community of interns, volunteers and WWOOFers grow a variety of nourishing crops, but it’s their microgreens that made them famous at the Kootenay Co-op. These superfood microgreens are packed with vitamins, proteins, beneficial enzymes, antioxidants and other healthy nutrients*.
Scroll down to learn more about this conscious-living intern/volunteer-operated True Local supplier.
Where are you located?
On top of Mount Chuckleberry in Beasley, BC
What do you grow?
We grow a wide variety of crops to keep our year-round farm staff well fed.
I have eaten with your team so I can attest to that! What are some of the tasty things you grow?
We grow Goji berries, blueberries, blackberries, Haskap berries, Seabuckthorn berries and raspberries on over 500 terraced berry bushes. We also have naturally growing huckleberries and Saskatoons on site.
We grow three kinds of microgreens year round: sunflower, pea, and daikon radish shoots. In the summer, we commercially grow Genovese basil, sweet keeper squash, zucchini, spinach, and Jerusalem artichokes.
We also have a thriving people growing ecosystem at Chuckleberry, with built-in support for the personal development of all our volunteer farm staff.
Can you tell me what a “people growing ecosystem” is?
The Chuckleberry staff provide a quality relational environment. This environment acts as a support for people to more deeply rest into themselves while experiencing an interconnectedness with others that’s meaningful and safe. We’ve found that this relation field naturally catalyzes the evolution of human consciousness.
Interesting! Can you tell me how you’d describe your operation?
Chuckleberry is a community of inspired and ever changing individuals endeavoring to live their lives productively and sustainably. Here at Chuckleberry, we are dedicated to sharing in the fruits of a life lived consciously.
We work together to operate a largely off-grid farm with an annualized geosolar greenhouse that provides microgreens and produce to restaurants, retailers, and ski lodges from Creston to Naksup, and now throughout the Okanagan Valley!. We are supported by interns and volunteers who are drawn to the uniquely relational lifestyle we live. At Chuckleberry, we find a richness in life by engaging in simple meaningful work together, in an environment filled with in-depth connections and soul satisfying relating.
**psst, I had to look up what an “annualized
geosolar greenhouse” is and this is what I found on Wikipedia.
How long has the Chuckleberry community been in Beasley?
The community has been established for sixteen years.
Have you been farming all that time?
No, we’re in our sixth farming season.
What motivated you to transform into a farming operation?
The motivation to become a farmer came through a mystical vision of a future that required an immediate and radical shift in how I was living my life. A highly productive, sustainable farming operation that counteracted regional food scarcity, combined with a simple and deeply conscious lifestyle, offered an appropriate container for the shift to take place.
What are some of your greatest joys?
Seeing the emotional, psychological and spiritual evolution that is naturally catalyzed by our farm lifestyle. I also appreciate the depth of connections the farm workers have with each other. The fertile soil of the farm environment seems to foster all kinds of healthy relationships and lifelong friendships.
That’s lovely. What are some of your greatest challenges?
I find the greatest challenge to be navigating the financial aspects involved in supporting this farm community and microgreen operation.
Fair enough! What is your vision for your company?
My vision for Chuckleberry is to generate a place of thriving abundance blossoming on many levels. We endeavor to maintain a local high quality food production system, while inspiring the personal growth and ever-deepening development of all those involved.
Why is local food and local purchasing important to you?
Local food is the most basic underpinning of a sane, natural way of life that supports healthy and self-empowered communities. Local food systems encourage meaningful local relationships, allowing people to learn to depend on their community for nourishment. The ecological and health impacts of post-harvest produce transportation are enormous, and can’t compete with our same day harvest-to-market model at Chuckleberry.
We are pleased to be able to contribute to our local food system by providing super nutritious and earth-conscious produce to the Kootenay and Okanagan regions and we hope to inspire others to support local food production and purchasing in the process!
If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members/customers, what would it be?
Buying local is a powerful way to cast your vote in creating a stronger community that is more sustainable, with greater food security. It also supports people to live a simple, meaningful life that’s connected to the earth, right in your own community.
Thank you, Co-op shoppers, for supporting life here at Chuckleberry. If you would like to learn more about sustainability in food production, off grid systems and healthy community relations, please check out our summer sustainable workshop series on our website.