We started Boundary Garlic in 2002 on the Caron Ranch. My husband,
Henry Caron, grew up on the ranch. He is a farmer and a photographer.
Almost all the pictures on this site were taken by Henry on our farm.
In 2004 he began building the Garlic Palace, so called because the
main room has a vaulted ceiling and walls of windows with magnificent views to the
north and south. When it is not being used for the garlic harvest it
is available for woodworking, gatherings or what-have-you.
I am Sonia Stairs. I have had a varied career. Since moving to the
Boundary I have been a resource management consultant, teacher and administrator.
Now I am leading Dances of Universal Peace; the Dances are moving meditations.
Over the years we have grown much of our own food and I enjoy developing
new recipes. Having so many flavours of fresh and dried garlic to experiment
with has been great fun.
We are finding garlic to be a fascinating crop. Each cultivar has its
own personality and cultural preferences. For the first eight years we acquired more
named strains of garlic and when we had multiplied up the ones that
did reasonably well here we offered them for sale. We worked our way up to over two hundred strains and then we began to reduce the number of cultivars, keeping a representative selection from each of the ten garlic varieties and concentrating on the Porcelains and some of the Purples which are particularly successful here.
We have always grown organically
and since 2004 our garlic fields have been BC
The seed garlic business is also fun from the marketing point of view.
Garlic lovers love to talk garlic and so it is a pleasure to do business
with novice and experienced eaters and growers of this wonderful bulb.