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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 LJETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, September 3, 1974 It's ALL In.., The Lethbtidge Herald Local News National News Editorials News Area News Sports Letters of the Editor Political News Farmer develops vegetable patch on tidal flats FENDER HARBOR, B.C. (CP) Utilizing experience gained in Holland, farmer Frank Roosen hopes to convert a section of tidal flats near this community 60 miles northeast of Vancouver into a vegetable farm. Mr. Roosen and his family are constructing a chain of dikes to close off the daily tides which flood most of the 22.5 acre property situated on the Sechelt Peninsula. He expects to have the dikes, patterned after those used to reclaim tidal land in Holland, completed by September. The main dike section, which the family is building with a tractor and a power shovel, will be five feet high and a half mile long. Behind the dikes, he plans to establish his vegetable farm, including gardens, a greenhouse for tomatoes, a barn and horse pasture. The farm has been the dream of Mr. Roosen, 40, since he and his wife, Joanne, laft Holland for Canada 18 years ago. "In Holland I farmed vegetables and came to Canada to do the same thing, but I never got the said Mr. Roosen. "I ended up in a fuel oil business in North Van- couver. "We often looked at this land when we came up here on vacation thinking that in Holland they would know how to use it. Last summer I decided it was time, so I bought it." Because the Roosens' property is on the upper end of the Oyster Bay flats, the familiar windmill pumps wonrt be necessary to drain off the water which seeps through the dikes into the ditch behind. "When the tide goes out, we'll just open the sluice gates in the dikes and the water will all drain off." Mr. Roosen said soil tests show heavy fertilization will be unnecessary because the land is sufficiently free of salt deposits. He said the farm is not as ambitious as might have been tried in Holland. "If this had been Holland they would have diked it all he said pointing to the outer marsh where the tidal flats meet Pender harbor, after which the landing is named. "Then they would have pumped all the water out." Mr. Roosen has purchased an square foot greenhouse from Holland and plans to grow tomatoes in it. "I expect 10 tons of tomatoes this fall, more next year when I put central heating into the greenhouse." Provincial News Women's News Human Interest Stories Advertising "The Lethbridge Herald Serving and Selling The South" Start Your Subscription Now! Clip and Mail this Handy Coupon Today! Please Start My Subscription To The Name.............................. Address Subscription Rates: 6 Months...... Months am enclosing Order In the amounj of Mail C !-on tc- P.O- x 670, Lethbridge, Alberta NOW IS THE TIME FOR FARM MACHINERY REPAIRS Bearings Hydraulics Gates Hi-Power V-Belts Avjv'able OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. j 236-36th 8L Phono 327-1571 I or tho 'OLIVER DEALER1 nonwt you I ;