Elderberry Lane Farm & Vineyard lies in a small, idyllic valley with fertile fields and sun-drenched bluffs.
The farm is an old world mixed farm and vineyard applying bio-dynamic farming practice to the individual and the whole. The farm, household, and guest quarters are run on alternative energy (off-grid solar and our own micro-hydro system). There are many water features on the property – creeks, ponds, and a lake in the woods. The farmhouse, guest studio and barns were built with wood from the property which was milled on site. Guests will appreciate that care and attention has been taken to finishes with eco-sensitive materials. As modern day pioneers, at the millennial, the founders began the core farm and vineyard site, breaking land which had been logged by previous owners. The farm itself is nestled in over a hundred acres and is linked to several hundred more acres of wilderness oceanfront Crown land.
The passionate pursuit of our farm brings forth a range of heirloom produce from the gardens, fruits and nuts from the orchards, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan products from our heritage cow and goat herds. Hand harvested ingredients are the essence of our local cuisine and the property is the gathering place for people and products of the farm. While guests are here, we encourage them to take part in the farm activities, which will increase their understanding of bio-dynamic farming and appreciation for the relationship we have with the land and the food it provides us.
We are located in the heart of Georgia Straight, on British Columbia’s Pacific Coast, which is blessed with a very temperate maritime climate. Lasqueti Island is the warmest island in Canada enjoying the highest plant hardiness zone. That means we can grow delicate fruits like kiwis and figs. We are also blessed with an abundance of natural products from our own pastures, woodlot, and the large amount of wilderness area on the property. Deep in the woods, we collect mushrooms under stands of Broad Leaf Maple, Arbutus, Douglas Fir, Red Cedar and Shore Pines. Following the creek sides we collect Stinging Nettles for farm and culinary uses. On the lower mountainside terraces we grow grapes and in the valley bottom we pasture our animals. The wild areas of the property include ancient virgin trees, an eco-sensitive mountain top and bluff areas.