Close to Home Organics is a family farm business, operating at Glen Valley Organic Farm. Chris Bodnar and Paige Dampier manage the business, overseeing crop planning, growing, harvesting and sales. We grow an array of certified organic, seasonal vegetables and fruit, selling through a Community Supported Agriculture program, farmers markets and select restaurants.
We started Close to Home Organics in the fall of 2011, building off of five years of farming experience at Glen Valley Organic Farm. Our guiding philosophy is that the healthiest, most flavourful and environmentally sustainable food is grown close to home.
We have lived and worked at Glen Valley Organic Farm since 2007. Prior to farming, Chris was figuring out whether he wanted to continue with an academic career path while Paige was working in community planning and development work. As we planned our future together, we asked some tough questions: Do we want careers that require us to compromise our values around sustainability and social justice? What is "enough" is the sense of economic and personal fulfillment? How do we want to raise our family? Seven years later, we are raising three daughters and running a farm business while milking goats and making cheese on the side.
Chris has a PhD in Communication from Carleton University. Although he how farms full-time, he still enjoys time in the classroom. Chris teaches the Business of Agriculture course in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Sustainable Agriculture program. He also sits on the board of the Mount Lehman Credit Union and the Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-operative. In the past he has served on the boards of the BC Association for Regenerative Agriculture and the Certified Organic Associations of BC. Chris is a Mentor to new farmers through the Young Agrarians' BC Business Mentorship Network program. In the off-season, he facilitates workshops and speaks on the topics of business planning for small farms and co-operatives in agriculture.
Paige holds an MA in Community Planning from the University of British Columbia. She previously chaired the board of FarmFolkCityFolk. Paige is the chief goat milker and cheese master of the house. She makes incredible gouda, cheddar, feta, brie and valençay cheeses. Sorry, they aren't for sale!