The Weed Patch is bustling with baby birds this week. We've counted 9 species of birds nesting around the orchard and gardens. There isn't a single path you can take right now without being scolded en route by some feathered parent. Our favourites are the violet green swallows, tree swallows and white crowned sparrows. The… Continue reading Avian Baby Boom
When Joel Salatin talks to an audience of farming enthusiasts, he inspires them to want to farm with ecological integrity, purpose and a higher level of management than most would consider necessary. Joel was recently on Saltspring Island and gave a terrific workshop on managing pasture for livestock. I was able to sneak away from the Weed… Continue reading The Pastor of Pasture
This question was posed to me recently after I engaged a vaguely interested senior farmer in a conversation about irrigating young nut trees with horsetail tea. Were we organic? Biodynamic? Amateurs? I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. I hadn’t considered a one-size-fits-all label for us or our Weed Patch. We’re not aiming for certification… Continue reading So what kind of farmer are you?
Our local provincial bee inspector recently held a workshop on field assessment methods for choosing breeder queens as part of her research with the BC Bee Breeders Association. This group is working to develop the capacity to breed quality local honey bees so we can reduce our reliance on imported queens which are generally not well suited… Continue reading Clean Queens
The new deer fence has withstood numerous recent breach attempts by ungulates. All the juicy tender inhabitants of the weed patch are secure (for now). Most of our annual food and flower crops are in the ground and thriving despite our June-uary weather. Only three of the first batch Persian walnuts have failed since planting in April. The Japanese… Continue reading Peace and Carrots