Thimble Hill has been home to our family – Kim, Avi, Ben, and Felix – since the summer of 2017. When we got this small acreage, it was a cleared south-facing slope of thimbleberries, one of our children’s favourite wild fruits. Given our small scale in the world of big orchards and nurseries, ‘thimble’ felt like a good name for our tiny hillside farm.
I (Kim) manage the orchard and nursery. Spending my early childhood on my family’s organic berry farm ignited a love of food and plants. I completed the Linnaea Farm Ecological Gardening Program in 2008 and the Cascadia Permaculture Institute Teacher Training in 2012. Since then I’ve worked in many settings, from teaching ecological gardening workshops to working on organic orchards, designing edible landscapes to facilitating food skills workshops at Community Centres, working at a Compost Education Centre to setting up food gardens for schools.
I love all sides of food – from seeding to cooking to composting. I especially love how gardening brings people together and helps build vibrant communities. I’m grateful to be growing long-term roots on a piece of land, producing food and plants for my community, and sharing my passion for perennial food systems with others.