Deer Park Haven

Farm and Gardens

604-869-9069 Hope

604-731-4058 Vancouver

Email: bambi@deerparkhaven.ca

Deerparkhaven is 11+ acres of Southeast facing hillside with Hope Mt. and Kawkawa Lake directly South.The views are spectacular, the air is clean and our water comes from a 200ft deep well that is drilled into solid granite.

My vision of Deerparkhaven is an Agro-Tourism destination resort, retreat center and a place for learning and experiments in sustainable agriculture, and lifestyles. This includes non-consumptive recreational activities such as; Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Backcountry Skiing and Recreational Tree Climbing.

This is a grand vision and I will not assume nor claim to be up to the task, but it is something that I have seen in my minds eye since I first set sight on this property in 2012.

I believe that this vision complements the District plans for growing tourism in the area and also with "A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 - A Joint Initiative of the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.

Human society is based upon agriculture and so, this project is based upon agriculture. In order to insure food security, communities need to work toward producing as much of their necessary foodstuff's as possible. In Hope we have the potential to produce almost all of the 'necessary' food items that this community needs, and more. We hope to contribute to that goal and to partner with others, including the new 'Hope Food Co-op Society'.

Further, if we are going to survive as a species, we need to learn how to live while consuming less. The answer is not new forms of power, though this is an element, but power cannot be unlimited. All power production whether solar or wind or whatever, places requirements on our environment. In order to live sustainable, it is necessary to live with less consumption. that does not mean to live with less. I have lived without electricity and, although I am not suggesting that everyone should or could, but my life was not less, in fact it was probably more because of it and the experience has continued to enrich my appreciation of simple living.

So, I envision a three legged development. First, the farm along with education initiatives to help people learn to grow for themselves. Second, accommodations for retreats, workshops and recreation. Third, the non-consumptive recreational activities.

You may say that I'm a dreamer, but a dreamer see's while they sleep. What I see, I see when fully awake and lucid. That is the difference between a dream and a vision.

This is my feeble attempt at a webpage and website for that project. It may not look professional or slick and that's because it isn't. It is 'homegrown', like the rest of our products. This is all hand coded, it's not a wordpress site or something generated by a wysiwyg development environment. Like everything that we are doing here it is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions regarding this website or our project you can send them to bambi@deerparkhaven.ca

Thanks for taking the time to read this.