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Monthly Update - June, 2015

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The summer-like weather has arrived and TapRoot's flax is growing well. Every week, I walk to the flax field and check on its progress. 
 
We have been working on creating a knittable yarn out of flax tow. I tried hand spinning a 50/50 blend to see how the flax tow would spin once blended with wool. Patricia, Justine, and I traveled to Yarmouth to visited Yarnsmith Fibre Works Inc. Paula, the mill's owner, was kind enough to run some tow through her equipment. 
 
 
 

We started off by putting the tow through the separator. Then we put the tow through the carder to produce a 75% (flax)/25% (wool) and 50/50 blend. We ran the 75/25 blend through the spinning machine to produce 27 grams of yarn!  We are excited to visit Paula again later this month. We want experiment creating a 100% flax tow yarn with her experiment. To prepare our next visit, I have been processing flax manually. 
 
 
 
 

We hosted an informative gathering to share what we have been up too with our advisory board members and other interested people. We had some presentations, a wonderful lunch, a tour of the flax, and to conclude our evening we had a private documentary screening.

 
Have a safe and fun July,
Rhea.
 
 

 




Canada Day deliveries? Yes

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Hello, Wednesday members!

A reminder to everyone that deliveries are happening as per usual tomorrow, Canada Day. The veggies are still growing, and we are still tending them, packing them, and sending them.

Mosaic Market members, the market is closed but we will be there with a minivan during your regular pick up time.

Enjoy your shares, and Happy Canada Day!

Denise :)



Small scale seed cleaning resources.

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You probably noticed pictures, on Facebook, of cleaned flax seeds. A few weeks ago, Patricia asked me to clean some flax seeds she had in storage. Having no experience in seed cleaning, I hit the web to learn the process. If I inspired anyone to give cleaning seeds a try, please reference the following links.

The following links are related to the cleaning process:

http://www.extension.org/pages/18350/organic-seed-processing:-threshing-cleaning-and-storage#.VVs7fflVikp

http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/q2190e/Q2190E05.htm

http://certifiedorganic.bc.ca/programs/osdp/I-066%20Seed%20Handbook%20v5.pdf

http://grainsandpulses.blogspot.ca/2008/05/cleaning-up.html

http://www.islandgrains.com/how-do-i-thresh-grain-on-a-small-scale/

http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/2147726/cleaning-blue-flax-seeds-linum-narbonense

http://www.organicagcentre.ca/NewspaperArticles/na_seed_cleaning_ts_bf.asp

http://northerngraingrowers.org/wp-content/uploads/FLAX.pdf

The following links are related to seed cleaning equipment:

http://umaine.edu/localwheat/files/2012/06/Grain-Processing-Equipment.pdf

http://www.rgosales.com/grain_cleaners.html

http://www.flamangraincleaning.com/products/hand-tester-kits-5#.VVs7C_lVikq

http://www.flaman.com/grain/pdfs/flaman-grain-cleaning-product-catalogue-2012-01.pdf

http://www.organicflaxcanada.com/#!page3/cee5



Weeding Day with Ross the Noodle Guy!

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Sunday June 14th is Weeding Day at TapRoot!

Come out for a fun day at the farm and a hearty lunch by Ross the Noodle Guy!

 

This Sunday, June 14th, join us as we harvest the greens that do NOT make into your share boxes and enjoy a great day at the farm!
 

This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the farm, take a little stroll to explore, and meet the farm community. 


 


We’ll weed, eat, and weed some more  - come for the morning, the afternoon, or just for lunch!

 
We’ll start weeding at 11,

then take a break and eat together at 12,
and weed some more between 1.30 and 4.

Ross the Noodle guy will be on site to cook us one of his delicious freshly-prepared pasta dishes ($12 pP).
If you prefer bringing your own pick nick lunch, you're welcome to do that too.

 

It'll be a fun day on the farm - we hope to see you Sunday!

BYOBugspray & hoes.

Other handy things to bring:
refillable water bottles
sun screen & hat
closed-toe shoes (nettles!)