Who are the farmers at Kootenay Joe Farm?
Patrick Steiner and Colleen O’Brien, with help from our boys Maël and Corbin
What do you farm?
Mixed vegetables and seeds
How would you describe your farm operation?
We own a small, 4 acre farm in Johnson’s Landing, on the slopes of the Purcell Mountains. Our operation is mixed – vegetables that we market 3 ways (CSA, market and wholesale/retail), seed sales (Stellar Seeds), and goats and chickens on a homesteading scale.
Why is local food important to you?
Local food is important because it’s fresher, tastes better and we feel is more nutritious. It’s also important to support food security and our local farmers/neighbours.
What are some of your greatest joys?
We love farming with our two boys and seeing people enjoy the products of our farm.
What are some of your greatest challenges?
Our greatest challenges are distance from markets and lack of infrastructure on our farm.
What is your vision for the farm?
Our vision is to be able to support our family through farming and be part of a vibrant farming community in the Kootenays.
If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members/customers, what would it be?
Thank you for helping create a vibrant farming community in the Kootenays.