My step-mom has often told me that it’s a good day when you learn something new. I think that’s a pretty good way to approach life and it’s led me to some interesting discoveries along the way. Today I learned about the Glenora Farm community.
Glenora Farm is a biodynamic farm, producing organic produce here in the Cowichan Valley. That in itself makes the farm noteworthy, but what separates it from other organic growers here is that the farm is also a vibrant community. A member of the Camphill Association, the Glenora Farm community endeavours to provide a place where adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers can relate to each other as companions, rather than as professionals and clients. Developmental disabilities are treated not as illnesses, but as a part of the fabric of human experience, and are cared for in the context of a healthy home and community life.
The farm is a busy place, and—perhaps more importantly—a happy one. Community members actively farm 100 acres and operate various craft workshops that produce products for sale in their store and café. Residents participate in music and drama programs and take part in sporting events within the greater Cowichan Valley community.
The Glenora farm community is growing. They’ve added new buildings and programs within the past few years and hope to continue to do so. To a first time visitor, their enthusiasm and ambition are inspiring.
If you would like to find out more about the Glenora Farm community, you can visit their website at http://www.glenorafarm.org/ or—better still—visit the farm itself. They’d love to meet you.