Organic Seed Garlic
Rasa (Rah'-sa) Creek Farm: suppliers of organic seed garlic and bulbils for sale to gardeners and farmers throughout Canada and the USA. (We're also a training center for Permaculture Design here in the Okanagan Valley of BC.)
Seed Garlic: Thank you for choosing Rasa Creek Farm to be your supplier of quality organic and non-organic (grown naturally) seed garlic. Veteran garlic growers can zoom straight to our Online Garlic Store and begin ordering what they want, and beginners can learn everything they need to get started, from Cultivar Descriptions to garlic history to planting and how to grow your own.
Post and Pre-Sales Support for Our Customers
The service Rasa Creek Farm provides to its customers does not stop once the garlic walks out the door. We're constantly on the lookout for new sales opportunities and ideas to help promote a wider appreciation of domestically grown hardneck and softneck garlic. When a large produce distributor called us in the Fall of 2013 wanting to secure a contract to purchase at least 7,000 lbs of organic garlic per year, we immediately called our farmer customers and put them in contact with that distributor. We also provide tools and solutions for farming and running a profitable garlic business.
Canadian Garlic Comeback
There's a movement afoot in Canada to reinvigorate our domestic garlic production. In the late 1990's, China flooded the market with under-priced garlic and put many Canadian growers out of business, knocking the number of acres planted in garlic down from 4,500 in the year 2000, to just 300 in the year 2002. It's taken time (and winning a court battle to impose customs fines) but small farms and independent gardeners, like you, have become key players in bringing Canadian garlic back to life. So, congratulations are in order, but there's still a long way to go.
Educating the Canadian Public
It's time to stop "preaching to the choir" and to expand our efforts to reach a broader consumer base. Rasa Creek Farm has helped start dozens of new garlic farms (some small and some several times larger than Rasa Creek Farm itself) all across Canada. Where is all this garlic going to be sold? It may seem that the market has unlimited capacity to absorb more domestically produced garlic, but clearly that is not the case... yet. Statistically, for every 1 convert who will only eat "real" garlic, there are 9 people who don't yet know the difference and who will refuse to pay $10/lb when they can buy imported garlic for $3/lb. How do we reach those people?
One idea we hope someone will act on is to develop attractive POP (Point of Purchase) displays for retail outlets, featuring three distinct garlic cultivars with brief product descriptions for each. Perhaps as consumers become acquainted with the great diversity of flavors and choices available they'll be inspired to explore and see for themselves. Currently, consumers face the choice between "Canadian grown vs imported." We want to change that limited perspective, making it a choice between "An organic Rocambole with jaw dropping flavor... a gorgeous Porcelain with 4 immense cloves... a scintillating Russian Red that dances circles on your tongue - OR - an irradiated, sterile and dried out mini-bulb from overseas." See the difference? In the first scenario, the decision boils down to Canadian pride and price. But when the bigger picture is known, it becomes a decision based on preference.
The Farm and the Farmers
Rasa Creek Farm (pronounced Rah'-sa... meaning juice or divine nectar) is 126 acres of paradise located in Trinity Valley, one hour northeast of Vernon, BC. The land and weather here are perfect for gourmet hardneck garlic production and the farm's owners are uniquely qualified to deliver outstanding garlic to your home or business.
Lalitha Thomas trained as a master herbalist in the 1970's and is an internationally acclaimed author. Her most popular title, 10 Essential Herbs, has sold over 30,000 copies in five languages. One chapter from 10 Essential Herbs covers garlic and we've made that chapter available for free on our Garlic for Health page, where you can also purchase your own signed copy of the book.
In addition to the highest quality garlic, Rasa Creek has teamed with Permaculture Design experts Gordon Hiebert and Jana Macnab of Element Eco-Design and will be hosting Permaculture Design Workshops and related seminars on the farm every summer. Food forests, 800 foot long swales, aquaculture ponds and many other features will be incorporated into the landscape making Rasa Creek into a showcase of Permaculture Design for British Columbia. Visit our Permaculture Page for schedule and registration information as well as educational resources about Permaculture.
While we're on the subject of resources, be sure to investigate the many links and educational materials we have on our Resources, How to Grow Garlic and Garlic for Health pages, where we've assembled: