Edgar Smith, B.Sc. Agrology, Professional Agrologist, is a Third
Generation Farmer, Co-Owner and the Managing Director of Beaver
Meadows Farms & Natural Pastures Beef
Beaver Meadow Farms “… In Sync With Nature …”
Our farm Beaver Meadow Farms is a certified Organic Farm where we have carried on the style of farming originated by our grandparents and parents since the 1930’s. We believe in natural regenerative agricultural production systems in sync with nature. We have been protecting habitat for wildlife and aquatic life in our streams and fields and forests for 3 generations on our lands. We have restored the salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout in our fresh water habitat and work with the Little River Enhancement Society to operate a farm hatchery for coho, pink, and chum salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout. The Little River is now recognized as one of the most productive fresh water salmon habitat streams on Vancouver Island as a result of our farming practices. Our practices have won a number of conservation awards including the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Environmental Initiative Award and the Countryside Canada National Stewardship Recognition Award.
Our Natural Pastures Cheese has been sold in retail stores since 2000 and which is very well known for its Awards, earning scores of ever increasing medals and Championships. Our Comox Brie is the World Champion Brie. This illustrates our dedication to quality, healthy, local, food produced from local farms in the Comox Valley who have some of the best standards of excellence in the world.
“Your farming practices are simply outstanding and we are extremely happy to have you on board.”
Watch Edgar’s FarmFolk CityFolk tour of Beaver Meadow Farms (Video 1), his tour of the fish hatchery on Beaver Meadow Farms (Video 2, length 5:50 minutes), and the Zoom Q&A (Edgar’s answers, Video 3).”
Beaver Meadows Farms “…The Use of Water and the Water Cycle…”
Good day, hope you are well.
Here at Beaver Meadows after sunshine, the use of water and the water cycle is the key to our prosperity and well being. We live in a rain shadow here on the east coast of Vancouver Island. During the growing season we have experienced for some decades, an ever growing propensity to encounter a ‘’Mediterranean” climate regime. Hot growing summers, dry without any or very little rain fall. Contrary to previous decades, we no longer receive 2-3 rains per month. In the past, very little additional moisture was needed during the growing season. How we extend the use of winter rainfall now becomes more significant as the summer rains are now few and far between…
Using the natural cycled rain waters…
For all our animals to graze the meadows from March till December, we need to enhance the natural soil water storage capacity and water cycle of the grazing lands. This we have done by the use of many and varied plants in the grazing meadows, that are more drought resistant and suited to our soils and uses. Some are more suited to the cooler spring or fall and some more suited to the dry summers. By the cycling of the grazing animals over the meadows to prevent over grazing, the root structure and biomass in the soil has been increased significantly; storing carbon and soil moisture for extended periods of low moisture.
Our pastures are kept green all through the growing season and our meadow raised beef are very efficient in the use of water also. We are only using the natural cycled rain waters for the local produced forage. Our pastures have a very thick and enhanced sod surface and store and utilize any precipitation that falls in the most efficient manner. Our herd of grazing animals mimics the natural water use adapted by the native species over eons.
Valuable Water is Stored in Aquifers in Winter…
We are very cognizant of the value of water stored in our Farms water shed’s Quadra Sands Aquifer during the winter rain and snow fall period. This storage in the thick strata of sands and gravels, is metered out during the summers as natural springs and used for sources of drinking water and supplemental irrigation of the meadows. This we also utilize to provide summer rearing habitat in our on farm stream network for thousands of coho and chum salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout, which coexist in our farm streams with all our farm activities. Acres of brush and trees serve as buffers along all our streams. Our enhanced beaver dam habitat and treed buffers, provide a dynamic interface between grassland and forest that is diverse in biological activity. The waters are cooled, the salmon fry protected and the natural cycles of stream and forest and grassland prevail.
Our local 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef is an integral part of the natural water cycle, protecting our streams, soils, and wildlife. Our water use is as nature designed for grasslands and forests.With the use of our sunlight and waters, we exist in sync with nature, prosperous and well.
Be Assured with Your Purchases!
Beaver Meadow Farms 1971 Ltd., Certified Organic Producer #03-16-198, is certified by the Certifying body: BCARA (BC Association of Regenerative Agriculture) for 765 acres of crop and livestock production, processing. Crop production: silage and forage hay. Livestock production: beef and dairy cattle. Our Certified Beef herd are Angus based beef, completely organically Grass-Fed, raised and fattened on pasture and grass silage; 100% Grass-Finished, and raised in accordance with the exacting requirements for Organic Certification. Note that Natural Pastures Beef uses no supplemental grain feed at all.