Spring Time at the Farm

Hey friends! Spring is fast approaching and we are busy getting ready for the up coming CSA season (our first!!!!). I’m running around trying to do all things, learn all things and not freak out.. But its ok.. It is all going to be great!

This is my second week of working full time at the farm and so far it is awesome! Even days spent in the office are fantastic!

The permit for the greenhouse should come through this week or next, which means it will be up by the end of May! This is super duper exciting because the house is bursting at the seams with seedlings right now!

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So far we have onions, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, spinach, peppers, eggplant, herbs, celery and 26 DIFFERENT KINDS OF TOMATOES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tomorrow I will be seeding beets, chard and another round of herbs. Some of our seedlings are getting a little leggy with all the overcast days and limited grow light space. I’ve ordered a few more lights and have some LED tape to setup. Hopefully that will help!

Yesterday and today Frisket, Mika and I built trellises, prepped the bed and planted peas, spinach, kale and radishes outside. We also prepared a whole bunch of beds for transplants.

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There were some missed garlic heads from last year sprouting in the bed. It is so sad to have to pull them out to make space for this years crop. But fret not! The beds of garlic I planted last fall are sprouting as well!

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We have some newcomers at the farm, a pair of guinea fowl from my grandfather’s farm in Shawville. We haven’t decided on names for them so feel free to send us your suggestions! Guinea fowl are great for eating pests and alerting you to disturbances or intruders-they make a very unique sound when something is out of the ordinary.

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At the end of the month we are getting 30 new laying hens. I’ll be very busy the next two weeks building a couple of new chicken coops. There are some really fun heritage breeds coming, so look forward to a variety of shapes, sizes and colours in the egg cartons this year. Below is the coop I am going to make, one for the guineas and a double size one for the chickens. It will allow them a covered run for the winter and days when foxes are about! The solid roof is also important for containing guinea fowl because they like to fly up high, and will repeatedly fly into transparent material trying to get out.

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If the weather warms up this week we should be able to get the onions out into the field to really get their grow on!

So far everything is on track for a pretty flavorful first share! If you can’t wait that long, look for Pachamama Organics at the Kemptville and North Gower Farmer’s Markets at the beginning of May! For now we are cozy in the house enjoying cuddles from Mowgli before he becomes a full time outdoor goat.

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