Spapium “Little Prairie” Farm is a Nlaka’pamux farm, located across from the junction of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in British Columbia’s magnificent Fraser Canyon, BC Canada. Paula Cranmer-Underhill owns and operates Spapium Farm with her husband Brian and daughters Brianna and Danielle.
The farm is a healing destination on the land, growing good food in a way that is gentle on the Earth using good farming methods and Earth friendly modern technology for sustainability of the land and water resources. We create abundance with a strong social outlook, and Potlatch with each harvest to others who need good nutritious food to fuel a healthy life.
Spapium is located at a historic meeting place, TlkemchEEn. Lytton was an important place of peacemaking in the early history of what is now British Columbia. Guests will leave enriched, not by the gold historically sought on the Gold Rush Trail by others, but by the cultural understandings shared through unique Nłeʔkepmx culture and history experiences on the land facilitated by your hosts, creating new knowledge and friendships to carry in the future. You will feel your life spirit reinvigorated by just being here.
Spapium “Little Prairie” Farm is located on lands left by my Grandfather, Raymond Thom; it is a healing destination on the land, growing good food in a way that is gentle on the Earth for sustainability of the land and water resources. Both agricultural and cultural tourism based on the Nłeʔkepmx culture and history on the land bring understanding. Bringing back our horses will be a key outcome, and provide youth and others with life skills and knowledge to build upon.
Community Supported Agriculture
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was established in the second year of our gardens (2016) to assist with the expenses of planting and growing the food. In 2017 we will farm on 3 one acre gardens of historically farmed land and include the existing acre Heritage Apple Orchard (with approximately 15 tree variety of apples, pear, cherry, and plums). We have planted approximately 18 new fruit trees on May 28 2017. We have nearby wild foods and medicines traditionally harvested by Nłeʔkepmx local to Lytton. There is water access from Nicheyeah Creek. Products are sold fresh harvested direct to consumers at the Spapium Farm Gate Pop Up Store and on farm Special Events, and also at Farmers Markets, produce will be value added and sold direct to consumers. We have additional land available nearby on two parcels totaling 16.65 Acres on two separate benches, one adjoining with a walking trail around a rock outcrop and the other just above on the next higher bench of land.
There is a need to get back to the land for physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and farming will provide opportunities to increase personal and community health as well as provide local food security and encourage economic development.
When fully developed the Farm will provide cabin accommodation and be a known Indigenous healing destination. It will be a welcome place for guests to our family land at Spapium “Little Prairie” Farm, to come and stay for a while, to learn and relax, to create friendships and to reinvigorate spirits. Check out our Spapium Camping, on the 5 acres next to our main farm.
Come and absorb the gifts of the land.