Olde MacKenzie Farm

Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Oxen Training - Day Two

Posted by Carey Wood on Saturday, March 31, 2012,

Dexters learn some new things.  We could hear the thunder and as it got closer we took shelter in the museum and learned about different yokes how they are used in different countries etc. 

Dick has been to Africa and has antique yokes so we got to see lots of them.  We learned about “modern” modifications for them as well.

After lunch when the rain turned to drizzle and the storm has passed we went back out.

I got to work with Marco who is now used as a single.  We pulled a log aro...


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Oxen Training - Day One

Posted by Carey Wood on Friday, March 30, 2012,

The birds are singing away and the rooster cawed all morning.  This is a great reminder why we do not have a rooster.  We would never had a sleep in day, even when we had the time or were ill (which isn’t often).  Train and planes, all the city noises without being in the city.  Part of the noise is I slept with the window cracked. 

Around coffee I had a chance to chat with the other participants, and some of the Interns that will be taking the workshop.

There is a family from Maryland...


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Oxen Training - Travel day

Posted by Carey Wood on Thursday, March 29, 2012,

I thought I would work on the blog as things happened. I am currently sitting on a plane heading to Ottawa, where I get to run through the airport to catch my next flight, then off to Detroit to do some more running and then to Kalamazoo where my hosts at Tillers International will be waiting.  I have been in communication with Kathae from Tillers for the past month.  I am looking forward to staying at their farm and working with their Oxen.

It is a full day of travel, and I need to be patie...


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Intern/Apprentice

Posted by Carey Wood on Wednesday, March 21, 2012,
I don't want to remove blog postings, but we are no longer having Katherine as an Intern.  Her plans have changed with being a student and have an apartment in Ontario.  It was asking a lot for her to leave everything behind for the summer. If you know of anyone that might be interested in an Intern please have them contact us.
 

Extra help is always needed on the farm.  We are always looking at ways to involved others with different jobs on the farm.  Last year we tried the WWOOFing program ...


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Spring is (was) in the air.

Posted by Carey Wood on Thursday, March 15, 2012,

We know spring is close when we start having warm days.  We could see most of the field which is making us eager to get planting even more.  The snow is not dampening our spirits.

We have been busy with seeding.  The leeks, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and most of the onions are started.  We have also started some edible flowers and herbs. We received some wood for burning/heat in the newest greenhouse.  We have tried it out a few times to see how warm it gets/stays.  It isn’t too bad for...


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Starting a new season

Posted by Carey Wood on Tuesday, March 6, 2012,

March has arrived and the seeding is started.  There is a lot of work to get done before we can even start seeding.  In a previous post we mentioned about the seed order.  That is important.  There are several other steps we need to make sure also get done.
Right and below: Some of the seed trays we have. 
 

1)   1)Sterilize the seed trays.  This needs to get done each year to make sure that if for some reason a disease is picked up at all in the year previous we do not have it going forward...


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Extended Season and Winter Production

Posted by Carey Wood on Thursday, March 1, 2012,

As you know we do winter production.  It has been on hold for the past two months.   We try and do veggie boxes throughout the winter without filling them with storage crops.  We like to include fresh greens including arugula, bok choi, swiss chard, kale, mixed greens and also some eggs.  We also have potatoes in storage and a limited number of beets and carrots.    Greenhouse growing is a continuing learning curve.

I (Carey) spent Wednesday in Debert NS, at a greenhouse workshop for the d...


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