Saturday on the farm

Good Afternoon Everyone. 

This morning we had a nice gathering of community garden members. If any of you are interested or know of anyone interested in growing food on the farm this year, you or they are welcome to join. At 10 AM we gathered here in our kitchen to discuss seeds and transplants. 

Yesterday was a really big day on the farm. Finally it was dry enough to get some seed into the soil. Josh had a really long 'to do' list for yesterday and by around 10 PM he and the team had completed it. It was a great feeling! 

Next week your shares will have nettles and dandelions in them. I realize for some of you this can be a challenge. Please take on the challenge and get these spring greens into your body. They are so good for you. There are many recipes for them that you can search up. I will share some too. 

This week our day old guinea fowl arrived. They are living in our entry of our house for now with a heat lamp, flax shive for bedding and organic feed from PEI for food.  We have not raised guinea fowl before. I wanted to include them on the farm because of their role in eating insects. We have 5 that will live at our home location. In some farming systems they have guinea fowl roam between the rows of crops (ie potatoes) because they eat the potato beetle. We are not able to have them do this on the fields because of our organic certification and Canada Gap On Farm Food Safety program. I will test in my own garden their effectiveness. It will be interesting to see how they fit. 

We had triplet lambs on Sunday last week. We are bottle feeding two of them. They are so sweet. The lambs will increase the size of our herd of sheep growing wool for use in yarns to use in making textiles. 

As you can likely see from the shares, the spinach crop has responded well this year. We have a lovely amount of spinach. It is so delicious. We have cultivated and planted tunnels that we have put up and the soil has had time to dry out a bit. We are around 2 weeks behind in seeding all of our crops.  We trust that everything will grow in good time. Mid way through our farming life it feels that we are relaxing a bit about the impact of the weather. Maybe just able to accept more, or maybe realizing there is little point in stressing over it. It all impacts us so significantly, but when there is no control there seems to be little point in stressing. 

This is the time of year on the farm that everything needs to happen all at the same time and as quickly as possible. This is so that we can have an early a crop as possible, because we are all hungry for the new vegetables the farm has to offer.  There is a lot of tractor work this time of year too. We spread manure, incorporate the manure with disc harrows. We prepare the soil bed with harrows and then we seed or transplant. When it is wet we can not be on the land. This is because we do not want to have compaction of the soil. It is also because it is very hard to be at all effective. But even if we could be on the land, to ensure as little harm as possible, we need it to be more dry then wet. 

Yesterday I was invited to attend a one hour presentation on UN Women Mandate and Work Around the World (http://www.unwomen.org/en) and the SDG'd (sustainability development goals). It was powerful. When the presenter was asked, 'what do you think in is most impact action we can take' the response was 'gender equity'. It really is hard to believe the statistics, they are so upsetting. 27 girls under the age of 18 are married against their will every minute. Every minute. Every friday night date night minute. Every saturday morning coffee minute. Every sunday morning drive to church minute. Every minute. Last night while telling Josh the detailed version of the presentation, I was so emotional. Asger Ryhl, the presenter also had a phrase, that he repeated throughout the presentation, 'it is May 3, 2019, the world has never been a better place'. The talk ended with question and answer time.

Three comments or thoughts or actions or realities that were made that struck me:

leave no one behind (how this can be such a struggle because it takes some many resources to reach those who are furthest away, and to think about that in terms of not physical distance, but willingness or readiness)

unconscious bias

unstereotyping - http://www.unstereotypealliance.org/en

I think of the farm and of what we are doing with an lens of gender equality. We have work to do. 

And then this Saturday afternoon I listened to a pod cast and here it is in video form. WOW.  https://youtu.be/doh_bCaBtdo

Thank you for choosing our farm to feed and nurture you.  We so deeply love our earth. 

In gratitude,

Patricia