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the farm walkabout


Early yesterday morning, I joined the farm family for a ‘farm walkabout’. From the sounds of it, farm walkabouts take place a couple times a year when most farm members are home, including Murray and Carol (the farm founders) who now spend most of their time in England. I thought the farm walkabout was great! It gave us a chance, as a group, to tour the farm and make observations about what looks to be in need of repair. It also helped to get us thinking out loud about additions and new plans we’d like to see take place on the farm.

Carol made a list of our observations that I’ve posted below to give you an idea of the regular maintenance work that needs doing on a farm. The list really doesn’t include any of the ‘farming’ tasks (planting and harvesting crops, raising livestock, etc) that we want to it – it’s really focused on general upkeep and curb-appeal. Now that we’ve brainstormed the list, we’ll be prioritizing the tasks and planning some community work days to get them done. Fun! I love ‘to do’ lists…I’m a sucker for the satisfaction of crossing things off as you complete them (in case you haven’t figured it out by now, I was a total gold star junkie in elementary school). It’s really great to have this stuff down ‘on paper’ – can’t wait to get started!

August 6 “Farm Walkabout” for input to future community workdays:

(Group observations walking from street to back of property (Jocelyn, Julie, Matt and Chantalle, Murray and Carol). Not yet prioritized or committed to action by a specific point-person. Date of next community workday not yet proposed. Community workday coordinator was voted to be Chris .)

Front ditch would look better with weed-eater treatment

Mail box on post at driveway

Plastic under front trees covered with bark mulch

White picket fence needs paint, gate replaced or removed.

Pressure wash house

Moss removed from roof

Trim willow tree / branches encroaching powerline to house

Fix house gable-ends, put garage gable end door (access to storage over garage) back in place.

House numbers repainted

Hose reel for front of house (move from back?)

All but one box of kindling behind garage moved to firewood storage area (polebarn?)

Back door light TLC or replaced

Restain hot tub siding

Basketball hoop removed from rear patio

Weed-eat north ditch between road and raspberries

Powerwash north side of barn

Move manure, wood and trailer in front of tractor & ’50 Ford

Mow side pasture, ‘riding ring’ back of barn

Upgrade chicken coop, add chickens (Joc project?)

Cover rockpile in back with straw, dirt to make it a small hill with ground cover

Move scrap wood from back pasture / treed area to pile east side of pole barn for Bob to burn

Buy goats to keep back pasture down

Sell or give away (Craig’s list?):

  • Basketball hoop
  • White bi-fold doors in barn lean-to (Jord annex)
  • Usused trailers
  • Fencing material in back pasture
  • Stove, fridge, freezer


my best friend, the farm babe


There’s a solid handful of farm family members who live on this 2.5 acres and when the whole crew’s back in September, I’ll post a farm family photo and introduce you to everyone. In the meantime, I thought I’d upload a photo I took today of my very best friend Julie, one of the babe-licious farm hotties who lives here. I’ve known Julie for 19 years now (our friendship has some serious staying power). Julie married my friend Chris six years ago and last year they added baby Kai to their family. I love them to absolute bits and having the opportunity to take on this farm for a year project with them was definitely the biggest draw for me.

Photo of Julie and baby Kai below. Chris is on a sailing adventure at the moment, but you’ll see more of him in a month.


I love you guys! xo

my first bear sighting on the farm

We got a special treat at lunchtime today – a big momma black bear and her cub having a good feast at the farm compost!


I attempted to take photos with my iPhone, but this was the best thing I could get after doing some online editing (click on the photo to see it in full size). It gives you a bit of a sense of where they were in relation to the rest of us. We all watched them from the balcony at the back at the house. This view is looking across the backyard towards the barn. In case you can’t see them, they’re to the left of the barn behind the fence, probably feeling like they’d hit the jackpot (the compost is full of cherries right now). And if you look to the right of the barn, you’ll see farm family member Matt walking towards, yes towards, the bears – hoping to get some good photos. Momma bear caught his scent pretty quick though, stood up on her hind legs and started towards him to check him out. Matt got out of there pretty quick after that.


This photo is a much better one – taken by Murray (farm family Opa), who has a real camera.  Thanks Murray!

Speaking of real cameras, I need one.  Anyone got a good one lying around they’d like to donate to the farm so we can better document exciting events like this one?  ;)

And now time for our lunch.  Bon appetit!