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Too Busy Farming to Blog


A photo of some of our new garden beds, mid-construction. You can also see the gigantic excavator in the background which, until yesterday, was in our backyard for a month while a new septic system was installed.

I have a lot of news and farm updates to blog about, but am sort of existing in a pedal-to-the-metal mentality right now. The Haney Farmer’s market starts this Saturday and although we don’t have enough produce ready to start selling this week, we still have a TON to do to before being ready to set up our booth in a few weeks. 

My daily schedule looks something like this right now:

6 – 8:45am – wake up, let farm animals out of their pens and give them fresh food and water, water garden beds, shower, eat breakfast.

9- 11am – (pay-the-bills morning tutoring job)

11:15am – 3:15pm – a combination of picking up compost & tossed cardboard from local grocery store, stopping by hardware/ garden shop if in need of anything, building greenhouse, building garden beds, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, tidying farmyard, giving bunnies a dandelion snack, eating lunch.

3:30 – 7:30pm – (pay-the-bills afternoon/ evening tutoring job)

7:45pm – darkness – water garden beds, plant more seeds in trays, top up animal feed and water, lock in animals for the night, and anything else on my to-do list that I can cram in before the sun goes down.

Nighttime/ darkness – go inside my trailer, clean up whatever mess is left from my busy day, make dinner, watch something brainless online, look at emails but don’t bother answering many, go to bed.

At the moment, weekends are farm/ gardening work from sunrise to sunset.

I actually love all the work the farm and gardens are demanding from me right now. What I don’t love is all the stuff that takes me away from it (the pay-the-bills job, telephone calls, emails, unexpected delays on projects…). I’m so happy that this is how I’m spending my days and I just wish I had more time for all of it. I don’t remember the last time I spent so little time online or indoors. It’s early May and my skin is already getting tanned (you know, as much as mine can ;) and I’m spending every spare second I have outdoors: getting my hands dirty, growing stuff, learning construction skills… it’s SO awesome. I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to return to an office job now – this is my kind of lifestyle.

All that to say (and the purpose of this post), I’m totally behind in my blogging. I have LOTS to share! Photos and updates coming soon, including our newly constructed greenhouse, new garden bed spaces, free gifts from new friends we’ve made through this blog, a new permaculture friend and market partner, two new rabbitats for our now much happier rabbits, a new gardener on our property, a new septic system which resulted in the relocation of our young food forest, a visit from a local high school student who’s doing a project on alternatives to factory farming, and more…

Yay! It’s a busy, productive, fruitful time on the farm! Things will only get better as the spring/ summer progresses and our plants begin to bear delicious food for us and people in our community.

And on that note, it’s time to make myself a 10pm dinner: salad which will include fresh raddishes from my planting box on my deck.

G’night all.

bonfires & hikes, resolutions & plans


2011 came in with a bang (of champagne corks) and a crackle (of burning wood).  The farm crew, along with some very special friends, brought in the new year on the farm amid friendship, laughter, stories, card games, great food, great bubbly, an unexpected haircut and an invigorating bonfire.  The evening turned into a slumber party in the trailer and January 1st was brought in with a frosty, beautiful hike in a nearby park and the dismantling of a very curious, Kai-friendly Christmas tree.  I couldn’t wish for a better start to 2011!

Of course, new years come with new resolutions and we here at the farm have come up with a list of our own, as well as a to-do list to keep us on track for winter-spring farming activities.

Personal Farming Resolutions:

Chantalle resolves to spend more time strategizing and planning for a farm that makes sense, exploring cool ideas such as bartering farm food with neighbours who produce different foods than we will.  She also wants to figure out how to harvest the many walnuts from our walnut tree that currently don’t seem to serve any purpose other than to drive her crazy by covering her patio in walnut debris.

Matt is really excited to research forest gardens so that we can create our own forest garden in the back section of our already-forested land.  He also wants to build covers for the deep beds – glass ones for starter plants and wire mesh ones that will allow our chickens to explore the veggies patches safely (for the chickens and for the veggies :).  Lastly, Matt is keen to figure out how we can make all our of land workable, in particular our really soggy, buttercup-filled areas.

Julie’s resolution is to get outside more to do some actual farm work.  Maintaining the house, hosting endless brunches and dinners, taking care of Kai and pursuing more schooling while working a demanding job has made ‘getting out in the garden’ trickier for Julie than for the rest of us.  She’s most excited about our future vegetable gardens and hoping she’ll be able to spend as much time in them as she’d like to.

Chris’ farm resolutions are a little more philosophical than the rest of ours, but that’s very Chris.  Although we joke that they’re harder to hold him accountable to, there’s certainly a lot of value in them. Chris resolves to be aware, to pay attention, to learn about connections and relationships and to graciously accept our successes and our failures. 

As for myself, I’d like to spend more time researching permaculture practices – on both a theoretical and practical level.  I’d also like to devote more time to farm labour and increase the amount of networking I’m doing with other like-minded individuals.

January – March to-do list:

January – finish building deep beds (weather dependant), research and order seeds, build a better composting system & pick up a donated rabbit hutch that is waiting for us. 

February – build the kiwi trellis and take care of any January jobs that weren’t able to be completed due to weather conditions.

March – build a pond in our front pasture for ducks, set up water barrels and a water collection system that re-routes collected rain water to the pond.  Also build a potato bed plot.

***  We’re planning on hosting some more farm work parties to help us get kick-started on all of these plans.  Stay tuned for details and think about joining in on the fun!  ***