Mohair yarn from angora goats raised on Mayne Island, B.C.. Natural fibre naturally dyed. Complete knitting kits available.
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Hatake is the Japanese word for “farm,’ the two calligraphic characters being the symbols for fire and field. In Japan it was common practice for the fields and rice paddies to be burned after harvesting, clearing away the debris in preparation for future crops. We have chosen this name for our farm to honour its Japanese history. J. Ikeda, a Steveston fisherman, bought 166 acres from Archibald Inglis in 1911. Upon Ikeda’s death the land was purchased in 1934 by James Keiji Sumi who built the house in 1936. He was a member of the Active Pass Growers’ Association, a collective with eight acres under glass, growing tomatoes for export from Mayne Island to the Mainland and Vancouver Island. There were at least five greenhouses on the Sumi farm at the time that the Japanese were interned in 1942, but nothing remains of them except for the glass shards that will forever be a part of Hatake’s soil.

Our organic gardens and orchard produce vegetables, fruit, flowers as well as plant materials used for natural dyeing of the fibres from our goats. Other animals on the farm are an African pygmy goat, a miniature donkey and two horses.

From April through October we occasionally host WWOOFers from around the world who not only help out with the farm chores but learn about natural dyeing, organic growing, animal husbandry and more.

Mayne Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands situated half way between the cities of Vancouver on the mainland and Victoria on Vancouver Island. It has a year round population of about 1,000 which can swell to 3,000 or more during the summer months. The hub of the island is the historic village of Miners Bay, once a favourite lay-over for prospectors heading to the Caribou goldfields in the 1850’s.


Helen O'Brian
622 Gallagher Bay Road,
Mayne Island, B.C.
V0N 2J2

phone 250-539-5619
fax 250-539-5614



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