Foxglove Farm is a 120-acre organic farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada belonging to American author, photographer and food advocate Michael Ableman. The farm is located on one of the original homesteads on the island, surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected forest and agricultural fields, bordering Maxwell Lake.
Foxglove Farm is home to the Centre for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture which specializes in agricultural and culinary arts workshops. The Centre hosts one to five day retreats and workshops bringing well-known writers, artists, musicians, foresters, farmers, and ecologists to share their knowledge within the context of a working landscape. Past workshops have featured top agricultural lecturers from across North America such as Joel Salatin, Elliot Coleman, Fritjof Capra, Paul Stamets, and Woody Tash.
The grounds have been used by companies and organizations as diverse as Whole Foods, Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, UBC Farm Apprenticeship Program, The Herb Farm, Royal Roads University, Salt Spring Island Garden Club, and The Canadian Chef’s Congress to host a variety of teambuilding exercises.
Each July the farm holds its annual Foxglove Festival with live music, guided tours, home-grown pizzas and ice cream, and farm-stand.
Michael Ableman has been farming organically from since the 1970s and is considered among the pioneers of the movement in California. His commercial scale organic farming techniques are renowned and as such has lectured audiences all over the world.
Foxglove Farm maintains a farm stand at the Salt Spring Island Saturday Farmers Market where they have been a sponsored grower since 2001 and an active CSA program.