Events & News
Garlic Sales start in August
Browse our online garlic store to see what cultivars we'll have for sale this year. Call us to inquire about early sales for large orders.

Spring Workshops
Go HERE to learn more about our comprehensive Growing Garlic Successfully & Profitably Workshop and to register to attend. June 17th is our final  spring event (Sold Out), then Oct 1st is our only fall event. We recommend registering early since these events typically sell out 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

Public Appearances
Rasa Creek has earned a reputation as being at the hub of Canadian seed garlic on the West Coast, and so we've been asked to share our vision and experience with other growers at Agricultural Shows. Jim spoke at the Pacific Agricultural Show in Abbotsford last January and a subsequent article in the popular agricultural magazine "Country Life in BC" just came out in June. HERE'S the link to that article. He was also invited to speak at this year's COABC Conference in Nanaimo but was unable to attend due to prior obligations.

Plan Your Garlic Farm
If you've ever dreamed of farming garlic, small scale or large, then you'll find Rasa Creek Farm's new Planning Your Garlic Farm© spreadsheet indispensable. It's free!
In the Garlic Drying Shed
Getting giddy in the garlic drying shed

Organic Seed Garlic

Rasa (Rah'-sa) Creek Farm: suppliers of organic seed garlic and bulbils to gardeners and farmers throughout Canada and the USA.
 
Rasa Creek Farm is your supplier of quality organic and non-organic (grown naturally) seed garlic. We represent a team of growers who produce nearly 1,000,000 bulbs of the best garlic available, both hardneck and softneck. Bulk discounts are now built into our shopping cart, but call for special pricing if ordering more than 3,000 bulbs. 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 detailed cultivar descriptions to 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 here to answer questions and help you grow the best garlic possible, regardless of how much, or little, you grow. We also provide tools and solutions for farming and running a profitable garlic business.
  • Planning Your Garlic Farm© Beta v1.1 A comprehensive and easy to use spreadsheet program to help you design a multi-year strategy for growing a profitable garlic business. A short YouTube tutorial explains all its features and functionality.
  • Garlic Growing Workshops: We'll periodically be hosting workshops on how to Successfully and Profitably Grow Garlic.

Canadian Garlic Comeback


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. Small farms and independent gardeners, like you, have become key players in bringing Canadian garlic back to life.
 
Canadian Garlic Production
Everyone who visits farmer's markets and attends garlic festivals knows about the huge difference between domestic garlic and the imported variety, but there's still a huge consumer base that is aching to be converted. Rasa Creek Farm is on task.
 

Building Garlic Supply

In 2015, Rasa Creek Farm trained 65 new garlic farmers through our series of Growing Garlic Successfully & Profitably Workshops. In 2016 we are on track to train 90 more. We need volume in order to stand a chance in the larger marketplace; volume, coupled with communication and coordination between garlic farms.
 

Creating a New Garlic Product

It would be foolish to compete with imported garlic on price. Quality hardneck garlic is an entirely different product and needs to be set apart as such. Rasa Garlic has some ideas along these lines and will be implementing them in the coming years, establishing in the minds of consumers an immediate recognition of the vast differences and why domestic garlic is worth the extra cost.

Meeting and Increasing Garlic Demand

Currently, consumers face a 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 Marbled Purple Stripe that dances circles on your tongue—OR—an irradiated, sterile and dried out mini-bulb from overseas." See the difference? Demand & Supply... each must grow.

Jim & Lalitha - Owners
Jim & Lalitha—Owners

The Farm and the Farmers


Rasa Creek Farm (pronounced Rah'-sa... meaning juice or divine nectar and related to the sanskrit term Rasona which means garlic) 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 Herbshas 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 commissioned an extensive Permaculture design for the property from Element Eco-Design, of Vernon, and has a 2 acre food forest in the early stages of development. 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 further information.

The Garlic News - Paul Pospisil: Organic Seed Garlic

Educational Tools


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:
  • Instruction for Growing Garlic from clove and bulbil
  • Free downloads of Lalitha Thomas' internationally acclaimed book on Herbalism, 10 Essential Herbs.
  • The complete table of contents for every back issue of The Garlic News, Canada's leading newsletter for all things related to growing, selling and enjoying garlic, edited by experienced garlic grower Paul Pospisil.
  • A Bibliography of the finest books on garlic
  • New page dedicated to the Rasa Creek Grower Team and full of useful links and sources for; amendments, supplies, equipment, government agencies and more.