Ruby’s Run is an Urban Farm right in the middle of downtown Sechelt, on BC’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Our philosophy is summed up in six words –“Real Food, Real Flowers, Real Close!”
Our farm is a bio-diverse, organically managed, inner city, land reclamation project that transformed an overgrown city utilities corridor, into a beautiful and abundant source of fresh local food
and specialty flowers.
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how the farm
came to be.
Ruby’s Run Urban Farms began when Michelle and Paul Nash saw the potential in transforming a humble urban backyard and adjacent city utilities right-of-way into an urban farm, right in the middle of the cute seaside town of Sechelt BC. It seemed like a good idea to clear the weedy blackberry patch out back and get shovels in the ground. So Paul, an experienced environmental consultant who loves solving problems, and Michelle the grower of all things green, teamed up and dug in. Ruby, the redbone coonhound who takes her role very seriously, designated herself the farm’s guardian and oversees all farm operations – hence the name “Ruby’s Run”
One of my earliest memories is the scent of my Grandmother’s lilacs and her old fashioned rose hedge. It reminds me of carefree days filled with play and Grandma’s warm cookies! Quite certainly today, the peace that I feel while working in the flower fields, can be attributed to the sensory memories of my childhood. My hope is that the flowers from our farm evoke these same warm feelings and bring joy to the hearts of our customers.
Growing up in northern B.C. I had no idea what a real vine-grown sun-kissed tomato was! Most produce was picked green and shipped a long way to get to us. These days on the farm we grow over 15 varieties of interesting heirloom tomatoes for Market. They are gorgeous, tasty, soil-grown beauties that are harvested at their peak of ripeness!
I remember something switched on in my brain the day I bought a bowl of fresh picked organic raspberries from a farm in Richmond. They were plump and sweet and the flavour was heavenly! I understood clearly that this was life–enhancing food. That people needed access to this quality of food in order to properly nourish their loved ones and that the time is “now” to get growing.
In my early years while care-taking a large commercial landscape project in Whistler, I had the idea to use only organic land-care practices. Here I would sneakily plant potatoes and herbs in out of the way nooks and crannies of the property and use alfalfa to build soil biodiversity.
Just imagine my joy when I realized that the growing conditions were amazing after moving to the Sunshine Coast. I planted everything everywhere ! The result was a green explosion of edibles that could be marketed nearby and Ruby’s Run Farms was born.
In my free time, I also love teaching people about organic gardening and urban farming. You can find out more about my work with Gaia College here.
I grew up on a farm in Australia where stewardship of the soil and water is a way of life. In my day job as an environmental consultant I deal with municipal wastewater –making dirty water clean. But I yearned to once again grow stuff in dirt itself. When I met Michelle I knew I had found my life partner, and when I saw what she was doing with edible landscaping, I knew I had also found a farming partner!
The farm has been a great challenge that started with transforming an empty backyard into a micro farm, and then expanding and doing battle with the blackberries on the utility right-of-way. Every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution, and we sure have had a lot of “opportunities”. But when I bite into the just picked strawberry, or (literally) wake up and smell the flowers, I know it’s all been worth it.