Archway Urban Farm

With a deep-seated belief in food growing education and sustainable growing practices, Archway Community Services began the Urban Farm in 2015.

Over the years and under the dynamic leadership of the Farm Manager, Marina Gibson, Archway Urban Farm has acted as a teaching garden to foster community building and improve quality of life through connections to food.

Just off the Trans-Canada highway on the Sumas prairie, the farm in partnership with the landowners of EcoFarm, boasts easy accessibility and draws people of all ages to learn about local food. While they often host students and instructors in educational visits, the Urban Farm is an avenue for collaborations that benefit the community.

For these efforts, The Urban Farm received a Community Builder Award in 2018 and was nominated for a Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in 2019. Additionally, UWBC recently provided Archway Urban Farm with funding for 2 hoophouses and a Marquis tent to use as education space for schools and groups.

All of this was made possible by the inspirational commitment of its manager, Marina Gibson. A self-described “Big Dreamer”, she has several years of experience working as a Professional Agrologist within the BC Agricultural landscape. After graduating from UBC, she moved to the Fraser Valley and started a career that would have her associated with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Canada-BC Soil Conservation Programs, and the Agricultural Environmental Protection Council – just to name a few. Her passion for volunteering is unwavering and her love for farming is infectious. “Bring country to the city” is her motto and she stays true to it to this day.

Using natural growing practices, the Urban Farm offers an assortment of fresh produce, which right now includes Green Onions, Wax Beans and Green Beans and can be bought right on the farm. Head over to the Urban Farm and savour the taste of farm-fresh produce.