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Canada: Urbanite Finds Success Growing Organic Choy for Vancouver Market

Caroline Chiu is an organic farmer who has found success growing Chinese vegetables. Photo by Jennifer Gauthier / For Metro.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of produce grown in the Lower Mainland in the 1920s was cultivated by Chinese farmers in a system segregated by racist policies of the time, according to historian Kay Anderson, author of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

By Wanyee Li
Oct 06 2017


Farming wasn’t the dream career Caroline Chiu’s parents had in mind for their daughter but the budding entrepreneur has found that organic Chinese veggies are a hit in Vancouver.

The 28-year-old started her half-an-acre farm in Richmond, called Riverside Farm, after completing farm school at Kwantlen Polytechnic University two years ago. She tapped into her own commnunity to find success in Vancouver’s rapidly growing local-food scene.

“We grow Chinese vegetables, so a lot of our customers are Chinese because they want those organic Asian greens which you can’t really find anywhere here,” said Chiu.

“When you go to farmers’ markets, you don’t see a lot of baby bok choy or gai lan or choy sum, which is what I want to grow because that’s what I eat as a staple green at home.”

But growing Chinese greens, known as “choy,” in the Lower Mainland is not new.

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