About The Farm
Puddle Produce Farm has always operated with two goals in mind: growing local produce that is both sustainable and accessible. It does this by using zero chemical inputs or applications, but keeping costs (and prices) competitive, and trying to grow exactly what customers want. We also believe in learning and doing whatever we can to grow responsibly, both for the customer and the environment, and being 100% transparent along the way. As of 2020, the farm obtained certified organic status (NOOA #04-353). If you ever have any questions about farm practices, please let us know.
The farm is situated on a unique 70 acre property on the Fraser River where it can have much more product variety and biodiversity than it ever has before. The property features a year-round spring, a variable ecosystem with everything from junipers to cottonwoods, and existing infrastructure perfect for a biointensive farm operation. We have approximately 3/4 of an acre cultivated on the upper bench, which includes a 30'x65' unheated greenhouse and heated propagation house. We then have approximately 1 acre cultivated on a lower bench, closer to the river. We also have productive honey bees on the farm, managed by Bee Happy Honey up the road.
Puddle Produce has been owned and operated by Brianna van de Wijngaard since 2013. As an horticulturalist and first-time entrepreneur, she drafted the business plan, planted the seeds, and grew the farm to where it is today, with the help of MANY friends, family, and supporters.
KAREL VAN DE WIJNGAARD
Karel wasn't just the best farm volunteer Puddle Produce ever had, he was also my dad. From day 1, he supported my dream in every way he could: he helped me move to Williams Lake in 2013, built everything I had no idea how to build, fixed machinery, managed the Williams Lake farmers' market, and was my all-around #1 cheerleader. Most importantly, he never doubted or criticized my decision to try to farm.
He died suddenly and tragically on April 22nd, 2018.
I wanted to pay tribute to him here because he deserves recognition for everything he put into the farm. It truly wouldn't exist without him. And because I want everyone to know how awesome he was.
Miss you always, dad.