Thomas Tumbach is an innovative and hard-working entrepreneur from the Okanagan region, with a degree in Agriculture and Sustainable Land & Food Systems from UBC. Thomas has spent most of his life involved with farming, starting life on the family farm in Saskatchewan. He started LocalMotive in 2005 to help develop local food distribution networks that connect organic farmers with consumers in the Interior of BC. He has a passion for producing high quality, fresh organic vegetables, and is well acquainted with the opportunities and limitations that face producers in the region.
Thomas is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and passion for food with others, both in the kitchen and in the field, and is keen to help inspire a future generation of food producers and local eaters. Thomas believes that the current paradigm shift towards "knowing where our food comes from" ultimately stands to benefit our society as a whole… because as people spend more time growing, cooking and eating together, the more likely they are to be happy and healthy. Thomas is married to Celina, and they have five lovely children, he enjoys playing hockey in the winter, music in the summer, and is the founder of the non-profit Jam Camp Society.
In 2020 Thomas opened his LocalMotive Low Waste Market in Penticton where he continues to bring his ethos of bringing local, ethically produced products to our community.
Louise manages the Home Delivery Programme and tries to get as much time as possible in the field! She began her farming career as a young mother with a small market garden on a ranch west of Calgary, then continued in the beautiful pastoral South Downs in the UK, where she managed an Organic Home Delivery Service for 500 customers around Brighton for 11 years. Louise and her family returned to Canada in 2014 where she was lucky enough to meet the Tumbachs, and take on the Home Delivery side of LocalMotive in this incredible valley. Her favorite parts of the job are propagation and weeding! But she also really enjoys direct contact with our customers. When not on the farm, Louise loves to cycle, paddleboard, cook, play with her grandson Tao, and in the winter - knit badly!
Jeff is the main grower at Garnett Hollow Farm. He spends all day in the field, whatever the weather. Agriculture runs deep in Jeff's veins, he grew up on a farm and his grandfather was actually the head of agriculture in Sumatra. When Jefferson was in his early 30's he moved to the UK and studied Bio-dynamic agriculture after which he worked and lived on an organic farm for 5 years, where he met his wife, Tessie. The two love to travel, and after many adventures came to check out the Okanagan Valley, found Garnett Hollow Farm and the Tumbachs, it felt like home so they just stayed. Jeff is passionate about the earth and always works hard in his own ways to look after nature by living as 'green' as possible, he loves rock climbing and cycling. . The head of their family is now Tao, born in 2018, who just loves spending time on the farm with Jeff and is an expert on tractors!
Dejan was born and raised in Serbia. He grew up in small town surrounded by farmers where he had opportunity to learn about growing food from his grandparents. Dejan was one of Thomas's first employees, and for some time the only one! Dejan is really passionate about music and playing drums. Meeting with Thomas Tumbach and his family in 2011 was a life changing experience for him and their lives soon became a 'mixture' of mutual, never-ending music and farming projects. They compare their lives to a kite flight where their spouses are keeping them on the safe height by firmly holding the ropes, ha ha! Dejan is passionate about organic food, and cooking as well. Working with Localmotive crew is always fun and exciting and of course full of surprises!nd far, bringing their energy, varied experiences and unique perspectives.
Julie is a lover of all things nature provides. She is passionate about high quality organic food, grown by locals for locals, all while providing as little impact on the environment. As the newest member of our admin team she is excited to be a part of a business that coincides with her values! While she enjoys travel and experiencing new cultures, she is primarily a homebody, boy mom / homeschooler, avid hiker, want-to-be homesteader, designer, pet rescuer, and gardener. She also loves to entertain and prepare delicious meals for family and friends. As a side hustle she has recently started a sustainable flower farm, Wildstem Mountain Blooms, offering beautiful high quality local cut flowers and arrangements in hopes to provide joy to your home, with the bonus of providing pollinators the bio-diversity they need now more than ever. As a previous business owner in retail and design for 20 years, Julie brings a broad knowledge of customer service, marketing, design and purchasing to the Localmotive team.
One hairy dude, Garett has been a Summerland local since 1999. Experienced working in vineyards, orchards, greenhouses and also in carpentry. He’s a vinyl collector and delivery driver extraordinaire (unofficial LocalMotive Driver of the Year 2020!) His goals are to grow the best quality organic veggies in the valley and grow his hair down to his bum! (Halfway there!)
Family and Friends!
Garnett Hollow Organic Farm is above all else, a family enterprise, and we couldn't do what we do without the enthusiastic help and practical support of Thomas's family – young and not so young! Then as each year rolls around we welcome seasonal workers from near and far, bringing their energy, varied experiences and unique perspectives.
LocalMotive Organic Delivery
Thomas and Celina Tumbach 27218 Garnett Valley Rd. Summerland, BC V0H1Z3 Phone: 250-487-8245 (please leave a message) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org