Pemberton Briefs 

Strawberry fields forever

Pemberton Valley strawberries are ripe for the picking. That’s the official word from Jason McEwan of McEwan’s Farm and Jordan Sturdy of North Arm Farm. Both farms offer berry fans a choice of U-pick or pre-picked berries from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily,

"If you call ahead, we’ll make sure that your berries are ready," said McEwan, adding, "And if you’re going to pick your own we suggest you bring your own containers. We have some, but they tend to run out pretty fast."

McEwan’s Farm cultivates approximately five acres of strawberries and given the state of this year’s harvest, getting your fill shouldn’t be a problem. U-pick costs $1.25 a pound, while pre-picked berries will run you $2.00 a pound. The farm is located at 7752 Meadows Road. Berries can be pre-ordered by calling 604-894-6063.

Up the other end of the Valley, things are looking just as good at North Arm Farm which also incorporates the berries into some of the delicious pastries it makes on its onsite bakery.

"The berries are beautiful and they’ll be great for another two to three weeks," said Sturdy.

U-pick at the natural (non-chemical) farm costs $1.50 a pound, with picked berries a dollar more.

"They’re grown without herbicides, pesticides or fungicides," explained Sturdy. "This means you have to process them within a day or two. If you want a berry to last a week, you have to use a fungicide."

North Arm Farm is located at 1888 Highway 99 and can be contacted at 604-894-5379.

Tetreault takes award

Sheldon Tetreault was awarded the Cundill Award at the Sea to Sky Leadership graduation lunch Fri. June 9. Tetreault, senior administrator with the Mount Currie Band, was one of 15 corridor residents who took part in the Whistler Forum’s inaugural 10-month leadership course.

The award, made possible by the founder of the globally recognized fund management company Peter Cundhill and Associates, provides Tetreault with the opportunity to attend a one-week course at the Aspen Institute to further hone his leadership skills.

Created in 1950, The Aspen Institute is an internationally acclaimed non-profit organization with a mandate to develop "enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue."

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