Be Ingredients is a family owned farm business that focuses on providing quality foods, while building community around locally grown produce. Be Ingredients believes we are what we eat and the choices we make can have a positive impact on your feeling of well being, as well as the local environment. Be Ingredients, Be the Ingredients of Life! Be Hoppy, Be Sweet, Be Nutty!
Be Ingredients farms in a permaculture style, using the natural topography, pond, streams and forests to create natural sections on the farm to cultivate 5 products: Barley, Hops, Apples, Hazelnuts and Honey. Be Ingredients is growing 2-Row Malting Barley on 10 acres of the farm. We refrain from the use of pesticides to promote and optimum environment for pollinators and our 50 honeybee colonies. We teamed up with the BC Farm Museum and hold an annual Threshing Bee with our antique threshing machine. We then malt the barley right here on the farm!
We focus on top quality ingredients and grow 4 varieties of hops: cascade, centennial, fuggle and zues. Locality Brewing is located on the Farm that Be Ingredients is located and purchases the hops direct from Be Ingredients. Thus Locality Brewing is able to get the hops straight off the vine for a fresh hops variety as well there is no shipping involved in the production of the beer. Be Ingredients also sells their hops and barley to breweries in BC.
MacInnes Farms was an apple orchard before the MacInnes family purchased the farm in the 1980’s and started a dairy and feedlot business. Since then the second generation on the farm (Be Ingredients) has decided to get back to the farms roots and plant 5 acres of heritage apple trees. Family and friends came together to graft to date 750 trees.
BC’s hazelnut industry experienced devastating loses because of the Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB). Be Ingredients, is very fond of hazelnuts and decided to try and fill this gap by planting 6 acres of hazelnut trees. They purchased blight resistant trees from Nature Tech in Langley and planted over 6 hundred trees last year.
Be Ingredients is crazy about pollinators and in partnership with The Honest Company is starting a pollinator conservation area that will help educated the public about the importance of all pollinators. As well Be Ingredients is home to 50+ colonies of honey bees where we focus on overall honey bee health.