Meet Brianna van de Wijngaard
Here in Williams Lake, says Brianna van de Wijngaard, “people’s support is not limited to your product. Residents care about their community and appreciate those who work for it. They will help you in many more ways than simply through the power of their purchase.” It makes doing business here deeply meaningful. It also makes life richer, in and out of work. “Every day brings a great conversation with someone you know and love. It is a great feeling to walk down the street and smile when you see so many familiar faces. You don’t have to make time for friends: they are around you all the time!”
Brianna feels very fortunate that her passion is also her profession. She’s working at changing the stereotype of the “impoverished farmer” in a modern context. She strives to show people that food can be grown in a responsible, sustainable manner and that the farmers who grow the food can be rewarded for their efforts and their conscientiousness. Plus, she gets to work for herself. “I love the sense of responsibility and ownership in shaping your own future.”
Brianna loves to be outdoors, whether she is working in her garden or enjoying some leisure time. “The Williams Lake area has some of the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. I love to explore the region, and just soak it in.” She also enjoys cooking, doing crafts, spending time with friends “or simply having a good glass of wine and a laugh.”
Healthy. Empowering. Progressive.
Puddle Produce Urban Farms is an innovative and ground-breaking network of lease-based, multi-locational plots. Operating with a philosophy of sustainability, all produce is grown within Williams Lake city limits and and often delivered to market or directly to customers by bike, and within less than two kilometres from the field. By growing food close to city resources and to its customer base, Puddle Produce Urban Farms is able to deliver high-quality non-certified organic vegetables at a reasonable price while leaving a very minimal carbon footprint. Produce varies by season and availability, and has included pea and sunflower shoots, radish and broccoli microgreens, salad mixes and head lettuce, pak/bok choi, radishes, broccoli, baby and full-size carrots, baby and full-size spinach, beets, green beans, scallions, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, snap peas, potatoes, squash (summer and winter), basil dill, parsley, and oregano. Puddle Produce Urban Farms vegetables are available at the Friday market at Boitanio Park, Cariboo Growers Co-op (Oliver & 3rd), or directly from the farm.
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