Vancouver, BC, June 27, 2016 – The Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDE) announces the launch of the Essential Oils Distillation Économusée® at Folki Herbs. As a new member of the international brand, they join a growing network of Économusée® certified sites in British Columbia. The official launch was held Saturday, June 25, at the farm in the Cowichan Valley, in Duncan B.C.
SDE was honoured to welcome at the event Phil Kent, Mayor of Duncan and Chair of the Board of the Island Coastal Economic Trust and Jon Lefebure, Mayor of North Cowichan . We were pleased to share a letter from the Honourable Normand Letnick, Minister of Agriculture, who noted that ” by joining the ÉCONOMUSÉE network, Folki Herbs has exhibited its passion for growing organic products and supporting the natural health movement. As Minister of Agriculture, I am pleased that the entrepreneurial spirit of Folki Herbs’ co-founders, Catherine and Sébastien Martin, saw the potential in this raw piece of land with no water and no electricity. Through the dedication and hard work of everyone at Folki Herbs, local workers and farmers are hired, British Columbians have access to certified organic products, and the legend of the “Vikings” lives on.”
Transforming a logged out property into a certified organic, biodynamic herb farm is the inspired vision of owners Sébastien and Catherine Martin. They now grow, forage and harvest a fresh bounty of medicinal plants and herbs that are carefully dried and steam distilled to create pure essential oils and natural health and beauty products. For a fun interactive experience, visitors are invited to tour the 13 acre farm to learn about their traditional and innovative practices.
“Folki Herbs is a perfect exemple of an organic agrifood business who knows how to leverage their creativity and the unique qualities of their property in order to create exceptional products. Their products is a testimony of their engagement,” says Donald Cyr, Executive Director at SDE.
The ÉCONOMUSÉE® British Columbia Artisans at Work initiative promotes authentic and traditional artisan trades as viable economic opportunities that contribute to regional economic development, sustainable communities, agrifood and cultural tourism. The ÉCONOMUSÉE® trademark is an internationally recognized brand that represent a global network of artisans who open their workshops to the public.
We gratefully acknowledge the warm reception and continued support of the Économusée Network Society and the financial contributions of the Government of Canada, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and the Island Coastal Economic Trust.
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