We are a family farm located on Westham Island, close to the town of Ladner, BC. We sell our bounty at local Farmers Markets, to local restaurants, through our Farm Stand and through our CSA. We cultivate seventeen acres of mixed vegetables and flowers and have a pasture based poultry operation. All of our produce and eggs are Certified Organic with FVOPA.
We are committed in growing year round, top quality, sustainable food for our local community.
Lydia is the owner of Cropthorne Farm and has always had a passion for farming. She obtained her BSc in Agriculture (Olds College and ULeth) out on the prairies. After a few years of working on various farms throughout Alberta and BC, she moved back to her hometown to start her own farm in 2009. She is currently involved with the Delta Farmers Institute, the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association and sits on the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the Municipality of Delta. In 2014 she won BC’s Outstanding Young Farmer award. Lydia manages the day to day operations at the farm.
Lydia’s partner David, grew up as a ‘city kid’ in Coquitlam and has a BSc in Agroecology and a MSc (focusing on the impact of Snow Geese on the farmland on the Fraser Delta). He works off the farm as a wildlife biologist yet happily puts in the second shift here at the farm, getting wrangled into farm work, especially if it involves running the tractors.
Lydia and David are also raising the next generation. Their daughter, Freyja, arrived in 2016, just after the spring field work was done and son, Gus arrived in early 2019 amid seed ordering and crop planning. Their dog brother Riske also calls the farm home, and loves digging in the compost pile as well as snacking on blackberries.
The farm is also home to Lydia’s sisters flower farm. Rachel is the resident farmer-florist and owner of River and Sea Flowers. She sells to many local florists and her blooms can also be found at the Cropthorne Farmstand. Rachel is also mum to daughters Isla and Adelaide. Husband John, who works off the farm, lends a helping hand with his great carpentry skills and makes the most amazing squash and caramelized onion pizza.
Parents, Sarah and David, run the pastured poultry and grain portion of the farm. While they both are still quite busy, we get all sorts of help from them from watching the grand-kids, to tractor driving to suppers during the busy spring plant and fall harvest. Above all they have been great mentors and have passed on the passion for agriculture.
Our brother, Nick loves exploring the coastal mountains in and around his home of Squamish. He’s very much a welcomed sight when he’s back at the farm and has helped out a lot over the years but his heart keeps him in the mountains.
We also employ both full time and seasonal staff, without these dedicated members of the farm, all of this would not be possible. Their hard work, dedication, and care makes Cropthorne Farm what it is. Our amazing field crew of 2019, who weed, harvest, wash up all the vegetables and everything in between are: Simon, Crysta, Miguel, Mathilde, Arturo, Isabelle, Allie, Martin, Adan, Sylvia, Jenna, and Bruno.
Interested in being a part of our crew? Check out our employment page.
Many of the photos on our site are courtesy of our friend, Melissa Quantz. She is an amazing photographer whose work can be found at The Bounty Hunter