About Us

We are Rachael and Dane Sherstad. We began Paradise Valley Produce in 2017 on our 1 acre property in qathet, BC.

Why We Farm

  • climate action
  • supporting and shaping a local organic food system
  • protecting and promoting biodiversity
  • protecting and supporting pollinators

Our Path to Farming

We enjoyed our previous decade plus as professional outdoor educators with the outdoor school, NOLS, and other programs. We love working in beautiful outdoor settings around the world, teaching, and working in a profession that supports our values. NOLS is an excellent nonprofit built upon the belief that wilderness expeditions provide an ideal venue to foster leadership skills. These skills are transferable to all aspects of participants’ lives and we apply them to our work on the farm regularly.

Through this time, we were inspired by and drawn to efforts to address food sovereignty and environmental sustainability. Rachael started and operated a Community Supported Agriculture distribution business in Oregon. And Dane enjoyed the hands-on learning of the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at the UBC Farm in Vancouver.

After years of traveling, we were ready to make a home and invest in a community. A few years ago, we found the perfect spot in Powell River, BC: a former goat dairy operation run successfully by the Lambert Family in the 1900s. We love the rich history of the property and that we can hear the ferry and sea lions from the veggie fields.

We practice Regenerative Farming — an agricultural practice focused on rebuilding soil, restoring and enhancing soil biodiversity and ecosystem health. This means our farm follows organic principles to grow produce in a manner that is healthy both for people, and the ecosystem. We are building healthy soil through extensive cover cropping. We utilize crop rotation to minimize the impacts of pests and plant diseases. Rather than spraying toxins, we work to control weeds through seed bed preparation, by using mulches and landscape fabric to cover bare soil and through good ol’ hand weeding.

Programs and certifying bodies our farm is supportive of are: COABC, OMRI and Young Agrarians.

We are proud to be stewards of the land we are farming. We believe that growing healthy, organic food to be enjoyed locally is a small but vital step toward a more sustainable future. Our produce is BC Certified Organic.

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