Organic farming pioneer Gary King passes away

Photo by Tracey Kusiewicz

KING Gary Allan March 20, 1944 – April 29, 2009

With great sadness it was announced that after a brave fight with cancer, Gary passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Naty, daughters Jamie, Cristina (Jonathan), Jennifer (Ian), and Theresa (Christopher), parents Mildred and Alfred, sister Linda (Michael), brother Wayne (Ann), newborn grandson Mason, nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends (including Kati).

Gary was a well known organic farmer, author and an expert in the field of organic food products. He had extensive experience in the science and practice of growing organic crops. His passion for producing the best in organic food helped make his Hazlemere Organic Farm in Surrey such a success, and lead him to collaborate with others in getting the message out about the high quality organic produce available.  He was also responsible for providing a forum for like-minded organic business people – Organics for BC.

Gary lived his life passionately – creating community,telling tall stories, and promoting local, sustainable agriculture and food security in B.C. He is remembered as a dedicated organic farmer and environmentalist, but most of all as a kind man, devoted to his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Farmer Gary Memorial Fund c/o the King family at 1859 – 184th St., Surrey, B.C. V3S 9V2. This fund will be used to promote Gary’s dream of saving farmland and feeding B.C. locally and sustainably.

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