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Fred, Monde and their 5 children recently relocated from the Fraser valley where they farmed and lived on Fred's 5 acres family farm to the Okanagan valley. Fred lived on this farm since the age of 12. His parents Abraham Aldof and Elvira Janzen started the family farm in 1973; they raised Fred and his two sisters there. Fred's mother Elvira fondly known as Oma grew vegetables and did a lot of canning. She grew a lot of cabbages and made family favorite Borscht soup which she generously donated to her church family. She also graciously passed the family recipes and the love of canning to Monde; her daughter-in law.
Monde former first female whitewater raft guide on the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls now mom, wife and farmer. Monde's grandfather Godfrey Manyama was a veterinarian and farmer who grew rice and cashew nuts. He raised cows , goats and chickens in Western province of Zambia. Monde remembers going to milk cows early in the morning with her grandfather, she also remembers tagging along as her uncles took the cows grazing along the streams of the Barotse floods plains.
As a new young immigrant mother she wanted her husband to work from home instead of going to work out of town on shifts like 21 days on and 7 days off. When their second child was 2yrs old she went to The University of the Fraser Valley and studied Agriculture.
The family grew their first crop of Red Russian garlic in 2014, starting with 500 certified organic seed, on 1/2 an acre of the farm. As the garlic inventory increased in 2015, they planted more garlic in their front lawn. In 2016 and 2017 they took back 1/3 of the 3 acres of leased land from their rental farmer and planted more garlic. They also sold their first commercial crop in 2017 and supplied fresh, no spray pesticide free garlic to most farm stores in the Fraser valley. In 2018 they expanded their production and bought twice the land in Kelowna, British Columbia. Currently they have approximately 55,000 bulbs and look forward to new opportunities in their new city.