Life on the Orchard & Farm
Named after the endangered Long-Billed Curlew that once roamed these hillsides, Curlew Orchard is dedicated to growing delicious fruit in balance with nature.
We are now certified organic! Six acres of the property are planted primarily Gala along with Ambrosia, Macintosh, Spartan, Honeycrisp, Salish and Granny Smith apples. This main section of the orchard is now aging out and we are in the process of replacing old with new trees and introducing new varieties of apples as well. An acre of the orchard is devoted to permaculture with a mix of fruit trees, berries, herbs, veg and diverse companion plants. Four new acres of orchard have been planted with Northern Spy, Ruby Red Mac, Gravenstein, Calville de Blanc, Gravenstein and several other diverse apple varieties added in 2022. This coming spring 2023 will be another big planting season.
Ways to purchase Apples
Apple variety is primarily Gala and Ambrosia apples, limited Macs, Spartans, Grannies, Salish and Honeycrisp varieties.
Over Looking the North Okanagan
Come and enjoy the beauty of this location. From the orchard look out over Vernon, the Okanagan hillsides and lakes tucked between. Steps from Grey Canal trail along BX creek to waterfall and close to downtown Vernon Silver Star Resort. Quiet and natural yet close to everything.
Patrick met Sean while pursuing grad studies and endeavouring to engage the public in environmental issues. Sean was dancing with the Toronto Dance Theatre, then Peggy Baker Dance Projects and the two set up home in Toronto. In 2015, with their young children, dog and cat, the family moved West to begin a new adventure on an apple orchard. Now close to family, friends and the organic community they have settled into farm life. Joining the vegetarian family are retired farm animals who now happily eat bugs and graze in pastures.
On taking over the orchard we began using organic practises to grow our apples and became certified organic in 2020. Today we are a farm family, all encompassed in growing our food, practising regenerative agriculture and even using a permaculture approach in a portion of the orchard.
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