Instagrammers of Pemberton features @shawcreekfarm

It doesn’t get more “wellness” than having to shake the dirt off your carrots and knowing your grower. So we’re stoked that Michelle Beks, Wellness Almanac contributor, has started instagramming for Shaw Creek Farm.

Screen shot 2015-09-25 at 8.54.34 PMMichelle lives up the Valley on the 3rd generation family farm, (find them on Facebook at, where she and husband John grow elite seed potatoes, as well as pesticide-free corn, pumpkins, beans, beets and other market crops.

Screen shot 2015-09-25 at 8.54.47 PMWhen she started contributing to the Almanac, I asked her to write a little bio about who she is, and how she came to be here. It’s such a great story, I’ve reposted it below.

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My mom was a restless soul and we moved around the country starting in Saskatoon, detouring through Dawson Creek, Kamloops, Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Utah and finally landing in Burnaby BC when I was fourteen. So I grew up on the road. My teenage years were a tad rebellious and at the age of fifteen I experienced a life-altering car accident that put me in the hospital for two months. In an effort to remove me from the wayward road I was going down, my older sister suggested that I move with her and her husband to a small town where my brother-in-law was starting a teaching job at the local high school. That was 33 years ago, Pemberton was the small town in question, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I met, fell in love with and married my high school sweetheart, local farm boy John Beks.

As a city girl, farming was new to me but I was up for the challenge. I quickly found that I loved the farm life, gardening and making things grow (including our 3  children Tina, Laura and Stefan). From baking bread, to cooking large meals for crews, planting vegetable gardens and canning, I learned most of what I know by trial-and-error, with helpful advice from other farm wives whose gardens and baking skills were legendary in the valley.

John and I have worked side by side at Shaw Creek Farms for the last 31 years growing the famous Pemberton seed potatoes and recently expanding into carrot production and grass fed beef. Our son Stefan has recently joined the farm operations.

From early May until the first snowfall you will find me outside in my gardens. My flower beds are a collection of flowers, shrubs and trees acquired from gardeners around the valley – a virtual tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in the area including day lilies from Ruth Hellevang and roses from Rosemary Walden.

Producing my own vegetables and raising our own meat is a privilege and I am so lucky to be able to do it in such beautiful surroundings.

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I love watching the seasons unfold on their farm, and getting a peek at a perspective shaped by the rhythms of the land. Check it out.

And if you want to buy a bag of carrots or beets, to get you through the winter, give them a call.

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