About Mariposa

Mariposa Organic Farm was established in 1962, and has always used organic growing methods. We are located in an environmentally unique area of desert and grassland on the Similkameen River. The surrounding vegetation is primarily sagebrush and bunchgrass interspersed with Ponderosa pine forest. Our farm is 125 acres, 100 of which are ecologically protected through an agreement with The Land Conservancy of BC. We are fortunate to be surrounded by large areas of wild land and neighbors who also practice organic methods. The farm is currently operated by us, Karl Eriksen, Sarah Martin, and our two kids, Skye and Shannon. We benefit greatly from the council of our wise predecessor and mum, Lee McFadyen.

PRODUCTION:

This area is renowned for its long, hot, dry summers and mild winters. On our farm we choose to cultivate crops that are particularly suited to our overall growing conditions. This premise aids in water conservation, as well as disease and pest control. We find it also ensures a healthier, tastier product. Our largest area of ground crop is devoted to varieties of winter squash. These wonderful plants really benefit from our long growing season. We also grow field cucumbers, field tomatoes, eggplant, melon, peppers, and a variety of herbs. We have a few fruit trees; peach, apricot and plum, for our own enjoyment. We also have a 3000 square foot hothouse which produces soil grown certified organic out-of-season Long English cucumbers and hothouse tomatoes.

Our production methods focus on an ongoing soil building program including green manure crops; primarily low growing Dutch white clover, or Austrian winter pea mixed with fall rye.  Crop rotation, mulching, and the judicious use of animal manure are also integral We use minimal tillage and manually remove weeds. Our seedlings are produced in our greenhouses with our own organic soil mix. Pest control involves hand picking, companion planting, crop selection and rotation and the provision of habitat for beneficial insects and birds. Our produce is picked at maturity and handled with care as living food.

Our commitment to producing food using organic methods stems from concern for the environment , and an understanding of the role organic methods have in maintaining a healthy soil, producing nutritious foods, and promoting sustainable agriculture.