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.
Kim manages the orchard and nursery. Spending her early childhood on her family’s organic berry farm ignited a love of food and plants. She completed the Linnaea Farm Ecological Gardening Program in 2008 and the Cascadia Permaculture Institute Teacher Training in 2012 and has worked in many settings – from managing a demonstration garden at a Compost Education Centre and teaching food gardening workshops, to working on organic orchards and designing edible landscapes for schools. She’s worked on the kitchen side of things as well, cooking for community centres and teaching food preservation and food skills programs. In addition to the farm, she currently co-coordinates a community fruit gleaning program for the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, and really enjoys exploring all the historic orchards of our region.