Ross and Mira are just getting into the world of farming, but it seems like they’re all green thumbs. Their produce is truly gorgeous and absolutely delicious and we just can’t get enough of it. They love hard work and working outside… which is a good thing, because farming is a non-stop endeavor!
Read on to learn more about this amazing True Local
Who are the farmers at Glade Organics?
Ross Petrie and Mira Grbich
And what do you grow?
We grow a wide range of vegetables and an assortment of varieties of those veggies to meet the dietary needs and culinary desires of our customers.
Your produce is gorgeous! How would you describe your farm?
Glade Organics is certified organic through KOGS, #92, and we believe in organic practices. We want to build an organic sense of community by bringing organic options closer to people’s homes. We are passionate about growing produce that tastes great and is clean, healthy, and of the highest quality.
How long have you been doing this for?
Mira has now been farming for three seasons, including an internship year, and Ross has been farming for the last two seasons (for as long as we have been in business).
What motivated you to start?
This is all Ross’ idea. He wanted to do something meaningful. In essence, he wanted us to “be the change we want to see in the world,” as Gandhi once said.
What are some of your greatest joys?
We thoroughly enjoy working outdoors and working hard. One always has to keep moving.
Well it sure looks like you have fun while you work! What are some of your greatest challenges?
We find that it’s hard to stop working; there is always so much to do on a farm! There are just not enough hours in a day within such a short season to do everything and to feed everyone!
Even if you can’t feed EVERYONE, you’re still making a difference in our community! What is your vision for your farm?
To never stop learning.
That’s a commendable goal. Why is local food important to you?
The local communities purchase from the local farmer and then that local farmer makes their local purchases at the local stores, which, if independent and locally owned, keeps the money in the local economy. And arguably more importantly, the carbon footprint on local food is so much lower than, in British Columbia’s case, buying from California.
If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members/customers, what would it be?
Be a responsible consumer; keep it local.