Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What's wrong with the way we eat?

This 20 min video clip was forwarded to me by my cousin Allison. It has a really great perspective on why it is so important to consume real food. If you have a few moments to check it out it shows how our idea of food as a society has changed so greatly over the past years.

Also check out Thiessen farms blog for a comparison of the growing season from 2010 to 2011.

Monday, April 25, 2011

And I'm Back

Well despite the fact that lots of stuff has been going on around the farm no one has been blogging. One reason being that I have been away and Ryan has been super busy finishing our new house. So over the past two weeks the greenhouse has exploded into a world of large plants in desperate need of a 4" pot. Today my dad (David), Anne (who is our new and fabulous employee) and myself worked for a number of hours just up potting and making sure everything was in good order in the green house.
In the morning we did some yard tidy (before the weekly downpour started) we ripped up the old row cover from last and took out the irrigation line from underneath. We did not get this job completed but there are only two of ten rows left to do so it is not really too big of a job now.
Today Tuesday it is another pouring rain day so we will likely work in the green house most of the day, well at least Anne will as my father and I are going to pick up a bunch of baby geese. Ryan is the one who ordered the geese and I though maybe he would order like 5 or 10 but noooo he got a discount if he ordered a bunch so now we are getting 18 geese ( i am actually picking up 30 but someone else is taking 12 of them)

tomatoes going into 4" cow pots

An herb planter with basil, chives, rosemary, thyme and oregano

Tomatoes waiting to be transplanted

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grow, grow, grow

It is that wonderful time of year when everything starst to grow. Flowers are popping out of the ground and the grass is starting to grow. The greenhouse is also starting to look very spring like. We have lots of trays planting and we are actually starting to to run out of room. The greenhouse bench. It is actually has even more trays on it now!

Things are all growing really well again this year. We are excited to have expanded our selection of both herbs and vegetables. Some new herbs for us this year include summer savory, white sage, greek oregano and magical Michael basil. We are also going to have a bigger selection of vegetable plants for sale this year. One new vegetable that we will be offering is salad bush cucumbers. These cucumbers are smaller and grow on a bush that you can grow on in a pot. Great for anyone who just has a patio or does not want to invest in a large garden. They of course can be grown in the ground as well.

Chives growing like crazy!

We are also excited to have left the world of plastic pots behind us. This year we are planting all of our 4" items in cow poo pots. These are great little pots that are of course made of cow poo. One of the many great things about them is that they are completely compostable and you leave the plant in the pot when you plant them in the ground. This makes the transplanting very easy for home gardeners who then don't have loads of plastic pots that have to be disposed of or returned.

Some tomatoes in the new cow pots.

The cow pots.