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  • Mary Mollet
    538-1921
    Salt Spring Island
    Author of An Apple A Day Cookbook, The Collected Apple Recipes of 35 years. Now 83, she spent her whole life on Salt Spring Island, surrounded by apple trees of her parents. Apples are still an important part of her life. Now in it's fourth edition, this book is a treasure.

  • Bob Twaites - Honey Bee Expert
    Our loveable Salt Spring Island chicken man is also a local source of information on honey bees.

  • Sunshine Rock Farm
    Henri/Tangachee Goebl
    201 Bulman Road
    Salt Spring Island BC
    V8K 1X5
    653-9573
    thegoebls@saltspring.com

    This small organic farm growing vegetables, fruits, berries, flowers and herbs. The jams, chutneys and vinegars contain organically grown home produce.

  • Fern Creek Farm
    Craig Leitch
    492 Isabella Point Rd
    Salt Spring Island BC
    V8K 1V4
    653-9158 (phone/fax)

    This unique organic heritage orchard, originally the Hamilton Estate was established 1897. It features 28 heritage apples, pears, plums, cherries, walnuts and hazelnuts.

  • Isabella Farm
    Ian Franey
    300 Holmes Rd.
    Salt Spring Island
    V8K 1T6
    653-9634, 653-4485 (phone/fax)

    Isabella Farm, traditionally a peach orchard from 1972 to 1985, has been transformed into a certified organic apple orchard on Isabella Point. It has 220 trees of 25 varieties including Jonafree, Jonagold, Rome Beauty, Cox Orange, Mutsu, Spartan and Northern Spy.

Other SSI Orchards

  • The Tsolum River Nursery
    301 Mansell Road,
    Salt Spring Island, V8K-1P9,
    250-537-5269 is now managed by Stephan Pigeon.

    A source of over 500 varieties of heritage fruit trees formerly owned by the Canadian Heritage Seed Foundation but now owned locally by Dan Jason.

  • Charlie Eagle
    176 Tripp Road. 537-4319

    A scion wood orchard for Tsolum River of at least 350 varieties of fruit trees.

  • Bob Weeden
    140 Whims Road.
    537-5403

    An orchard of at least 100 heritage varieties owned by Bob Weedon, whose interest is in old historical varieties.

    Articles written:
    - A Sampling of Salt Spring Orchards, The Cider Press, Vol 9, Number 1, Winter 1996, The B. C. Fruit Testers Association
    - Heritage Apples of Vancouver Island Area, A project with the BCFTA to photograph and document about 125 of the existing heritage apples trees on Vancouver Island.

  • The Old Ruckle Farm

    A beautiful 1200 acres parcel of land on the southeast tip of Salt Spring, started in 1876. It had over 600 fruit trees. Some of the old trees still exist, but a very interesting thing has happened.

    The Ruckle family has donated most of the farm (the non farming portion) to the province as a provincial park called Ruckle Park. The entrance is through a ridge of mature timber, then down into the valley which is the working farm, then up through another ridge of forest and through to the seashore.

    It is unique since campers must park in the lot and walk about 50 m through the forest to the clearing on the shoreline where tents are pitched anywhere. The spectacular view of the BC Ferries passing has the Canadian Gulf Island and the American San Juan Islands in the background. As long as the Ruckle family exists they can remain there and work the farm.

    There have been suggestions that this would be a perfect location to create some new heritage orchards which could have a strong educational impact within the park.

  • The old Brown Orchard
    Beaver Point Road
    Salt Spring Island

    Also one of the first on Salt Spring, this large original orchard, adjacent to the Ruckle farm, has trees approaching 100 years old. Managed by Mark Fettis
    653-4411

  • Wayne Goodwill
    350 Dukes Road,

  • The old England Orchard
    664 Beddis Road
    Salt Spring Island
    Managed by Tom Roughsedge and Sam Sidneysmith
    537-1007

  • Don MacDougal
    2191 North End Road
    Salt Spring Island
    537-5123