Abundance - so near by
The Sorrento Centre Farm is eight acres of field and forest located just 2 km west of the main campus of the Sorrento Centre.
Our farm is:
* a place of bounty: We use natural farming methods to produce a bounty of nutritious food for our kitchen and for the surrounding community.
* a place of learning: We teach the basics of soil and water management, seeding and planting and harvesting; as well as seeking to better understand our natural and spiritual relationship to the land.
* a growing place: plans for a big new greenhouse are taking shape in the spring of 2019, and we aim to restore the beautiful century-old log barn on the site as a community learning centre.
* a place where work and worship come together in prayer-in-action. As the mystic Julian of Norwich has said:
"Be a gardener. Dig a ditch, toil and sweat and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship."
What we do
- The Sorrento Centre Farm grows fresh food for the Kitchen at the Sorrento Centre Retreat and Conference Centre. Our guests and community have the opportunity to enjoy great-tasting, locally-grown fresh vegetables and fruit while staying at the Sorrento Centre.
- We offer diverse education programming for youths and adults of all ages and levels of experience and ability.
- An important part of the Sorrento Centre Farm is our commitment to sharing our abundance with those most in need in our community.
- We invite volunteers to share in the daily work of the farm - engaging their spirits with the spirit of the place.
- We farm the land with natural and traditional methods that produce the highest quality and healthiest food for our community. We do not use synthetic chemicals on the Sorrento Centre Farm. We promote sustainable agriculture by growing food with methods that support and nurture the natural harmony of Creation.
The Sorrento Centre Farm is an education program and a working vegetable and fruit farm. The farm program began in late 2008 when Mary Rawson donated her 8-acre farm property to the Sorrento Centre. This beautiful farm was the original Coubeaux family homestead. It is just a 5 minute walk from the lake and includes a mature cottonwood forest as well as several very old Douglas fir trees, a cherry orchard and a heritage Finnish tongue and groove cedar barn that is the oldest structure in the Sorrento area.