Silver Cloud Farm is a small scale farm that follows the principals of organic farming, and focuses on producing a wide array of vegetables, berries and fruit. Our goal is to grow premium quality, fresh produce that is harvested at the peak of perfection. Although the farm is a year round occupation, the primary months of selling produce are May through to the end of December. With the help of apprentice farmers directed to us from SOIL, and neighbourhood volunteers trading produce for labour, the farm supplies the locals of Sooke, Metchosin and the Greater Victoria Area.
Silver Cloud Farm is located one hour west of Victoria near Sooke, BC on the stunning West Coast of Vancouver Island. We, Teresa Willman and Matt Robertson, the owners, live on the farm with our two children Kaidyn and Jasmine. We are also fortunate to have Teresa's father, Mike living on the property with us. The farm is situated near surf pounding beaches, forests and rivers, all of which provide a natural bonanza of outdoor activities that complement the small scale farming lifestyle. The name Silver Cloud is homage to the Great Grand Parents who settled in Victoria and on Salt Spring Island at the turn of the century. Their boat, Silver Cloud, was used for transportation between the Gulf Islands.
We were attracted to the area by our love of surfing at the local beaches, which led us to begin looking for land to start our farm and in 2004 we purchased our 10 acre lot. Silver Cloud Farm was originally part of the Malahat Farm. It was one of the first turn of the century homesteads that made a living farming the land and milling lumber. The original farmhouses are still next door and are living history of the area.
When we acquired the farm, there were no fields, homes or infrastructure on the property. Some selective logging had already occurred leaving many large stumps, rocks and debris. It became very apparent that we knew little of developing land for a home, not to mention a farm. With the help of neighbours, friends and good contractors we built a yurt, cleared areas for the farm and brought in two roads and power lines. In 2009 and 2010, our two children Kaidyn and Jasmine were born and a house was built to accommodate our family.
When we first acquired our property, the soil was tested and showed very low nutrient levels. We realized quickly that we would need to build up nutrients in the soil by composting and cover cropping prior to farming. After summers spent in the bush treeplanting, we would move back to the farm in the winter and resume work on the property. It took about three years for the soil to become fertile and in 2007 Silver Cloud Farm was open for business. We began selling fresh vegetables and fruits at the Sooke Country Market and the Metchosin Market. We quickly expanded to selling produce to local chefs at restaurants including Sooke Harbour House and Wild Mountain. We have since started a CSA weekly box program. With the support of friends, family and the organizations Sooke Food Chi, COG and ICC, we are a successful small scale farm.