ROCKINGHAM – There is a new generation of farmers moving up to the hills around Rockingham to start a new life.
Among the recent arrivals are Alex and Raene (pronounced Rain) Davies.
Raene was born a half an hour from the little town of Lumby in British Columbia, in the Okanagan Valley.
“We didn’t have running water or electricity […] we’ve always collected our own firewood and hauled water.”
Raene’s parents painted houses for a living. “They would go into Vernon, about an hour drive, everyday. Just commute.”
At Raene’s high school in Lumby there were 400 students.
“I moved out when I was 16 with a boyfriend and got a job making sushi somewhere. I did that for four years.”
Just after that she met Alex around a campfire at a party in the middle of the night.
“He had with him some maple syrup, and I appreciated the nice maple syrup. I thought that was pretty neat.”
For more pick up a copy of the January 24, paper.