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Welcome to the Sweet Rock Farm website 2017!  We are finally getting the website up and running.  Thank you to all the people that have been asking and waiting patiently.  Its not all done yet, and there will be changes over the next few months of course, but the bones are laid down.  Thank you for supporting small-scale agriculture!

About Us

Sweet Rock Farm is a family-run, diversified farm that grows seeds, provides vegetables and fruits for the local markets, and keeps a small herd of sheep. We also have a gentle, loving horse called Archie and we board a buddy of his, Donny.

Our priority is to grow the best quality food possible, and to that end, we don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.  In fact, everything is fertilized from compost made on the farm from our sheep and horse manures.  We aren’t yet certified organic, but we have started the transition process and will be in the next couple of years.

Sal became a seed grower more than fifteen years ago when he noticed that some varieties of seed that he enjoyed growing stopped being available for sale; and at the same time, large seed companies were (and still are) selling more hybrids and less open-pollinated strains.  He has been selling commercially for five years.

About Our Seeds

Sweet Rock Farm grows and sells over 50 different varieties of vegetable and herb seeds. None of them are patented, PVP, or proprietary.  All of our seeds are untreated, open pollinated, and non-GMO, and many are heirloom varieties, saved by gardeners and farmers for centuries.  You are welcome to grow out these seeds and save them yourself.  All of the seed we offer is grown by us unless it says so on the variety description.  We also don’t buy mass-produced seed and re-sell it as many other seed companies do.

Our Growers  

Sweet Rock Farm:   Sal Dominelli, Gabriola Island.

Two Feet Farm:  John Switzer, Gabriola Island

Growing Opportunities Farm:      Jen Cody, Nanaimo

Where to find our seeds

Our seed can be purchased here, on our website!  We can also be found at most of the Seedy Saturday events on and around Vancouver Island in the earlier part of the year.  On Gabriola, we can be found at the two Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and at two retail stores, The Wild Rose Nursery, and The Wheelbarrel Nursery, both located on Gabriola Island, BC.

You can also place an order by mail.  Our address is 1380 Degnen Road, Gabriola Island, B.C.  V0R1X7

Any questions?  Please Contact Us!

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My Blog

April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day!  Let’s see…   Its been over a month since my last post, and to catch you up, I’m still building the greenhouse!  It is basically done.  I even have crops growing in it– tomatoes transplanted in a few days ago, some gai-lan, potatoes, and peas.  But there are still lots of little, fussy things to do like installing the overhead supports for the tomatoes, and the irrigation, but it is doing its job, which is to provide a warm, sheltered spot for early and tender crops.

If you have been waiting to order seeds from our online catalogue, thank you for your patience!  Now please wait some more.  And if you just can’t, call or email and we will set you up.  Most of the online buying of seed is done for the year so we are looking at being ready for the fall, when our 2017 seed harvest is coming in.

If you are interested in what we do on a more daily basis, check us out on Instagram.  There’s

March 12, 2017

In a way I’m glad that winter has been lingering because there is so much to do that already I’m already playing catch-up.  This is normal for July, when the farming season is full on, but not for March; at least, not for me.

This winter I have built two outbuildings.  One, an add-on stall for our new horse boarder, Donny, and an attached hay barn.  And the other is a shed to store my tractor and some tools, with a covered area to make top quality compost.  That filled most of my farm time.  I’m still trying to finish pruning my fruit trees, grapes, and berry bushes, and top dressing them with compost for the coming growing year.

All of my starts are coming along nicely.  There are trays of onions, leeks, and all kinds of leafy greens started.  They are up and… waiting.   Waiting for the weather to warm a bit more before they take off.  Even in the greenhouse they are barely putting on growth.  My tomatoes are up under lights inside, and they are happy.

I have several overwintered vegetables (beets, turnips, parsnips, onions, etc.) that are hankering to get back in the ground so they can get on with making seed, but the ground still needs to dry up a bit and warm some too.  With the weird winter we’ve had, I want to wait a bit more in case we get more extreme cold or snow.

Next week I’ll be erecting a brand new 20×100 foot greenhouse!  I’m very excited about this, and can’t wait to be growing all kinds of cool veg inside.

Contact

Sweet Rock Farm is owned and farmed by:

Sal Dominelli

Snail mail at: 1380 Degnen Rd., Gabriola Island, B.C. Canada V0R1X7