Keating Farm Estate was purchased in 2005 by The Land Conservancy, in part to protect many of the heritage building on the site but also to protect some wetlands and the general agricultural potential. Keating Farm Estate is located in the Koksilah area of the Cowichan Valley making the site readily accessible to locals and tourists. The estate features events all year and they have been putting on a great showing at the Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival this year.
An annual borscht cook-off and lunch was held on Saturday along with sauerkraut making demonstrations and apple pressing. The main heritage house is open for tours and well worth a look, what a glorious building it was in its heyday. Built in 1894 and designed by noted architect John Tiarks has a fascinating great hall. While in need of extensive renovations at this time, efforts are being made to insure that the building does not further decay until renovation work can be completed.
The kids were well cared for with hayrides and the opportunity to feed cows and the lone bull with massive beets. Great fun! A few photos from the experience: