How can I get ahold of you?
For more information about the farm, the CSA, or simply to chat:
Send an email to fourbeatfarm(at)gmail.com
Give Naomi a call at 1-604-902-1514
Where can I hear about farm happenings and see photos?
Our CSA members receive regular farm newsletters as part of their farm share commitment.
While we do farm with draft horses and use antique equipment that is decades older than Farmer Naomi herself, this small farm can be found on modern social media such as Facebook “Four Beat Farm” page and Instagram @fourbeatfarm.
Can I come visit the farm?
Sure! If you would like to come by and see where your food is being grown, just get in touch by phone or email and let’s set up a visit. The farm is located up Pemberton Meadows Road, about 10km from the town of Pemberton, or about 45 minutes by car from Whistler. If you happen to be in the area, last minute phone calls are entirely welcome.
What kinds of vegetables do you grow?
Many different kinds! Currently on the CSA roster are major players such as: carrots, salads, potatoes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, spinach, onions, turnips, radishes, kale, tomatoes, herbs, and many more. Smaller quantities of lesser-known veggies are also featured, such as kohlrabi, and broccolini. Our market stall features all kinds of greens and produce that is abundant beyond what our CSA members can possibly eat.
What kinds of vegetables do you not grow at the moment?
Vegetables that are heat-lovers, like okra, or perennials, like asparagus, are not a good fit for our farm at the moment. It is important for CSA members to realize that Pemberton’s fresh mountain air and rich soils love to grow cool-season crops, like broccoli and carrots, and are less conducive to heat-loving plants like peppers and tomatoes. It is by no means impossible to grow a ripe tomato, they just take a bit of coaxing and are definitely a treat to be enjoyed. If your family is hoping to get an abundance of peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes through to the end of October, you may want to look to other CSA farms for a better fit.
Do you sell half-shares or smaller shares?
There is just the one membership size. If you are certain it will be far more food than you need, you could ask a friend or neighbour if they would like to split a share. Because you get to bag up your own share at our market-style pickups, it is fully OK (and expected) that you may not take the full amount of every single item each time depending on your household’s eating habits. If you are splitting a share with someone, please just fill out one application form and make one payment to keep things simple.
What’s with the name?
An excellent question! A horse’s walk is a four beat gait. Clip-clop, clip-clop. The walk of a willing team of workhorses is steady and purposeful, as they tread lightly on the earth and are fueled by solar energy in the form of plant matter that is then put back into the soil to grow again. Farming is rarely this poetic, but systems like these give this farmer food for thought and inspiration to grow better through the rhythm of the seasons.