Earth Apple Organic Farm was founded in 2011. Shirlene Cote (former sole proprietor) and Michael Nyberg (formerly of New Mountain Farm 2011-2019) merged their businesses and lives in 2020. The two farmers put together have 20 years of experience growing organic vegetables, some fruit and nearly 6 years experience raising hens on pasture for eggs.
We are shareholders of the Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-operative, a land co-operative, in Abbotsford, BC, which is a beautiful 50 acre property with much wildlife and natural waterways that meet with the Salmon migrations of the mighty Fraser River that we reside alongside. The coyotes and snakes, mice and rabbits, owls and hawks, eagles and newts, frogs and herons, native plants and much much much more all interplay with us and we do our best to work humbly within the natural cycles and ecosystem that we are a part of here.
We acknowledge the traditional ancestral unceded shared territory of the Sumas First Nation and Mastqui First Nation. These two First Nations are part of the Stό:lō Nation. The Stό:lō people have lived in the Fraser Valley for 10,000 years. It is for this reason that we acknowledge the traditional territory in which we reside and grow food.
We believe in growing sustenance food and we subsidize our love of labour by growing some other fun things too like cut flowers and salad greens. We have some passions in particular that become evident in viewing our fields. Farmer Mike has a healthy obsession with garlic (#NewMountainGarlic) and Farmer Shirlene sure loves her potatoes. They grow carrots and peas, rhubarb and berries, kale and chard, onions and beans, tomatoes and eggplant, squashes and melons, and a few other things in between. All together we grow around 40-50 different types of crops all certified organic on a cultivated area of about 6 acres. We also care for 300 laying hens and put much effort into cover crops, regenerative pasture and rotational crop planning.