We spent the weekend at the ACORN (Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Conference). It was a great opportunity to learn, network, and connect with friends. It is a great opportunity for us to hear what other farmers are doing, what works for them and what doesn’t.
I (Carey) spent a most of my time in livestock sessions. One was on draft horses, it was a basic course. A young couple explained how they started with their horses, and how it was going. Since it is the same thing we will be doing to help with sustainability I was interested to hear their story. They suggest workshops from the farm where we spent 5 years in Ontario. Jeff fell in love with working with the horses then, so now we wait until we can get a team.
We did some seed exchanging during Seedy Sunday. It gives us an opportunity to get some of the heirloom varieties in small quantities to see if we like them. It is also a chance for us to trade some of the seeds from produce we grow. We do some seed saving ourselves which can be tricky and also a rewarding experience.
There is a trade show each year as well where we can meet some of the suppliers to the organic market. We now have some need seed varieties we are looking to grow for the 2012 season. It makes spring seem so far away.
We are always up for hearing what works for some and not for others, and to continue to learn. Things are constantly changing, so it is great to get out and hear about the changes.Now back to life at the farm.
We have been very busy (it’s the norm around our place) with getting lots of little things taken care of. We are doing the winter veggie boxes every other week. We do not fill them with storage crops. We are still harvesting broccoli, and will have more in 2 weeks. We also have arugula, mixed greens, kale, leeks, carrots, beets, swiss chard and potatoes.
Yesterday was spent in the greenhouse, preparing beds, and continuing to improve things. We are excited about how the winter season is shaping up.
Tomorrow we will be making fresh sausage. We will have the final smoked products next week , pork is available for sale now. Pork chops, roasts, hams etc.
The CSA and veggie box spaces are filling up for next year. If interested please contact us to ensure your space for the 2012 season. The veggie boxes are a week to week space, and the CSA is a commitment for the full growing season. The 2011 full share had over $600 worth of produce that was offered, not including extras or pick your own. Farm pickup also includes fresh cut flowers, pick your own, herbs and extras. There is also the opportunity to stroll through the gardens, and see the animals.