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day 1 – the day I learned not to flush

I’ve arrived!

The things I learned in my first 7 hours on the farm:

  1. Communal farming involves a lot of people with a lot of different ideas which means that communication (and patience and an easy going nature) are a daily part of life here;

  2. Projects never get completed as quickly or painlessly as you imagine they will;

  3. Get to know your neighbours  – because they’ll get to know you whether you’re aware of it or not. And neighbourly relations are just about as important as farm family relations;

  4. Maple Ridge farms are on a water meter (which means you get charged per how much you use) which means being conscious of water usage here is really important (for economic reasons in addition to environmental reasons). This farm is on a septic tank that has a tendency to overflow. Put those two things together and you get the farm ‘toilet etiquette’ which translates to ‘no flushing after you pee (until there are at least 4 pees in the toilet)’.

On the agenda for tomorrow so far:

  1. Pancakes with raspberries, blueberries or blackberries from the farm (straight off the plant into the batter);

  2. Coffee;

  3. Babysitting Canaan, one of the two babies on the farm.

On my to-do list:

  1. Trailer: start unpacking all my moving boxes and finding a place for all my stuff to live;

  2. Farm: weed the raspberry bush patch.

Happy to be here. 

Goodnight all!




moving week



It’s a busy week.  All of my free time is being spent packing up my stuff and making drop-off runs out to the farm and out to my parent’s place. Despite the purge, I still feel like I have way too much stuff!  I think I’m going to need another dose of downsizing when I try to fit the things I still own into my trailer.  Hmmm… less is more, less is more…

My parent’s and I went out to the farm one afternoon last week to ‘move’ the trailer and to start the renovations.  It didn’t really go as planned – and I’ve got video clips to prove it.  Stay tuned for ‘The trailer that wouldn’t start and the motorhome, manpower, and ingenuity that came to its rescue’.  In the meantime, some photos of my parents helping me clean and prep for renos and a sneak peak shot at the trailer who refused to budge…