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Farmer Andrea has been busy this Spring getting ready for the 2017 CSA + Market Season! Spreadsheets, Seed Catalogues, Sterilizing Seedling Trays, SEEDS, Planting, all part of the Farm Lyfe.

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Photo credit: Andrea Nickerson + rashel t

Seedlings Indoors …

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Photo credit: Andrea Nickerson + rashel t

Seedlings Outdoors …

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Photo credit: Andrea Nickerson

Over-wintered and self-seeded Spring surprises …

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Scallions, Gorgeous Lettuces that popped up in beds, outside of beds, gorgeous Lettuce everywhere! Photo credit: rashel t.

Every year we let a couple of broody Hens hatch out a clutch of eggs. We don’t purposely breed them so they become Tremblay Farm Mixies. Farm child Oddy wanted to make sure we had some new chicks this season and Farmer Mike (Pepe) helped get them all set up before his major heart surgery this Spring.

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These Mamas are very protective of their babies. Here they are showing their newly hatched offspring how to scratch and forage for grains and seeds. After eating very little while incubating their eggs these Mamas are ravenous! Photo credit rashel t.

 

Interesting things found around the farm in May …

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Wallflower, ancient Pear Tree covered in blossoms, Wild Ginger, Fungus, Lilac, Chives with Busy Bees, Kildeer eggs, Scat, Insect Eggs. Photo credit: rashel t.

While Farmer Rashel is taking a break from Market Gardening they are turning their focus towards creating and maintaining a new Wild Space in an awkward part of the farm. This will serve as an Insectary (habitat) for beneficial insects + pollinators, as well as a space for Medicinal Plants. The focus is primarily on Indigenous Perennials and self-seeding annuals with the goal of having the space be self-sufficient and diverse, as well as a place to learn from and harvest medicines.

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Plantain infusing in oil, Chamomile, Nettles. Photo credit: rashel t.

This blog will have a different focus in 2017. Instead of being a weekly round-up of farm happenings and seasonal veggies it will be a monthly update of interesting things found around the farm, musings on gardening with children, current experimentations in permaculture and sustainable ecological food growing.

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Our “little” garden this year – only 15 4×18 ft beds – and our new little helper. Toddler S is a natural forager! Photo credit: rashel t.

More fun around the farm in May …

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The big farm children take the toddler on adventures, pea shoot snacks, plants in flower / seed saving, rainbow, potatoes planted by Rashel + Toddler S in an experimental hay bale bed, carrots, flooding. Photo credit: Mike Tremblay, rashel t.

Unsurprisingly Rashel’s favourite bed is the most diverse one. Lettuce self-seeded, Parsley over-wintered, Sunflowers showed up, and Rashel didn’t want to remove anything so they planted seedlings in the available spaces. Trying out Celeriac + storage Kohlrabi for the first time. Also planted Collards, Brussel Sprouts, and Radnips.

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A new experiment this year is Trench Composting. This bed was in need of remediation so it was the perfect first experiment. A trench was dug out of the middle of the bed and in it’s place we placed unfinished compost and seaweed. Various squashes have been planted in to the middle where the compost is. If this is successful we will do a variation on this in years to come. Each year one third of a bed will be dug out and composting materials thrown in as the season progresses. The following year we will plant on top of the trench, rotating which area gets the compost from year to year.

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We are also experimenting with more Companion Planting, with plants in closer quarters in our 4 by 18 foot raised beds. Some friends include: Peas + Carrots with Lettuce; Cucumbers + Squash with Radishes + Beans; Alyssum all over but especially near Lettuces; Garlic + Tomatoes with Basil; Marigolds + Pole Beans.

Looking forward to sharing more Cute Creatures, Garden Stories, and Farm Lyfe with everyone 🙂

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Newly hatched Praying Mantis in a pot of Succulents. Photo credit: Andrea Nickerson.

 

 

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Fresh, local, sustainably-grown food for your health, your family, and your community.

Registration is now open!

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Get to know your farmer, get to know your food, and enjoy eating the rainbow! All vegetables are harvested within 24 hours of market + deliveries for peak freshness that is a feast for your senses.

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After 2 seasons of working at the farm Andrea is ready to take over managing the CSA and we’re very excited to see what she has in store for 2017! Andrea brings creativity and vitality and has exciting new things planned for this season.

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New this year we are offering HOME DELIVERY for anyone within a 20 minute drive from the farm near Tilbury!

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Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your spot by paying the $200 non-refundable deposit. Your $200 deposit is deducted from your total share cost. You can pay in cash, by cheque, by email money transfer, or by using a major credit card. The balance of your share cost is due on the 1st week of the CSA season (approximately early June), payment plans are also available.

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For the 2017 season we are offering 2 share options.

Basic Share: a traditional CSA share of pre-packaged produce. Seasonal veggies are chosen weekly by the farmer but you can also let us know what veggies you hate or love. This is the most economical share option and is the only option available for home delivery. Pick up weekly at our Wednesday Farm Market or get Home Delivery for a $5 weekly fee (this is billed at the end of the season to reflect actual weeks delivered). Choose either the FULL weekly share for $500 ($25/wk for 20 weeks) or the half, bi-weekly share for $250 ($25/wk for 10 weeks, every other week during the 20 week season).

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Farmer’s Market Share: allows for complete control of the veggies you receive each week.. Shares start at $200 and you decide how much more you want to add. For example, $300 total for 2 people, $400 total for 2 veggie lovers, or $500 total for a family of 4. Members have told us that they appreciate not having to think about carrying cash when they come to our Farm Market. Unused credit does not roll over to the next season but does allow you to miss a week or two and to stock up on extra veggies when you need to.

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We encourage you to purchase a larger share and to take advantage of our in-season produce by preserving it. Make your locally-grown, organic produce last longer – you’ll be glad you did once Winter comes! This blog provides tips for easy to difficult methods of food preservation – canning, dehydrating, freezing, and fermenting.

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We are located at 20600 Morris Rd (Canal St West), Lakeshore (outside the town of Tilbury), only 30 minutes from Windsor. The weekly Farm Market, CSA pickup, and Home Deliveries will be on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 6 pm.

For more information on our farm, our CSA, and what veggies to expect weekly please see Membership Info, About, and Veggies!

For inquiries and to register please email – neovintageartistry@gmail.com

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Farm Manager, Andrea + Delivery Driver, Tavis

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Spring has sprung and that means our farming season is well underway!

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Creating new easy-to-install and easy-to-remove covers for our raised beds. These are protecting our Bok Choi from possible frost from cold nights and from the Flea Beetles that munch on them. We’re installing these new covers on all of our raised beds.

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Filling up more beds. We are truly a family farm as everyone helps – from the youngest to the eldest. 4 generations work together to make it all happen. A large tarp is smothering weeds and will be the space used for our seedlings to harden off.

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Our cute little greenhouse! We planted out these Bok Choi, Salad, Parsley, and Scallions seedlings. We also planted Cilantro and Peas – trialing a new purple variety this year!

2 new specialty roots we are trialing this year - Salsify and Scorzonera - we here they are delish to humans and pollinators alike.

2 new specialty roots we are trialing this year – Salsify and Scorzonera – we hear they are delicious to humans and pollinators alike. We’ve never seen such interesting seeds!

Our friends over at Our One Acre Farm recently put up a post that sums up the Permaculture principles we apply on our farm when planning and planting, they can be adapted to any size garden ~ http://ouroneacrefarm.com/permaculture-principles-for-practical-gardeners-and-farmers/

Now it’s time to get back outside and enjoy the glorious Sun, happy May days everyone!

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SIGN UP TODAY FOR YOUR WEEKLY BASKET OF AFFORDABLE, ORGANICALLY-GROWN VEGETABLES AND BE PART OF A NEW, INNOVATIVE, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT!

EAT THE RAINBOW!

KNOW YOUR FARM, KNOW YOUR FARMER, BUY LOCAL!

What is a CSA?

CSA means Community Supported + Shared Agriculture. It is an innovative food business model that brings together consumers and farmers in support of a strong and healthy local economy. Consumers have access to affordable, fresh, local, sustainably-grown food and farmers have access to secure and stable markets, along with access to resources when they need them the most. CSA’s are inherently cooperative. Your deposit enables us to properly plan for the upcoming season by providing us the necessary resources to purchase seeds, soil, greenhouse supplies, compost, tools, row cover, and more. Seeds are planted indoors as early as January and planted in the field as early as mid-April.

Sustainable farming is a method of food production that uses farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthy foods that safeguard the health and welfare of all farmed species.

The Basics:

Consumer-members buy a “share” in the CSA, paying a deposit of $200 before the season starts, and in return receive fresh, chemical-free, hand-tended, sustainably-grown vegetables and herbs over the 20 week growing season (mid-June to early November). Share sizes are flexible – ranging from $15/week to $25/week. We grow a large variety of well-known and lesser-known vegetables from all colours of the rainbow with a focus on hardy, tasty heirlooms. We adhere to strict organic growing methods with a focus on using sustainable Permaculture principles. You have the option to change your pickup location (if you let us know 3 days in advance) and to send someone else in your place if you cannot pickup your weekly basket yourself. Our blog is a fantastic resource for recipes and information on what produce we have offered in past years.

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Benefits of joining a CSA:

* Save money on organic produce – 20% discount compared to farmers market prices.

* Garden to plate freshness! Our produce is delivered within 2 days of harvesting and can’t be beat compared to the produce found on grocery store shelves which as been picked up to two weeks before arriving at the store.

* Knowing you are feeding your family sustainably-grown and healthy, nutrient-dense foods.

* The opportunity to try new vegetables and be creative in the kitchen – who knows what new favourite dish or veggie you will discover!

* The chance to be more in tune with the local climate by learning to eat seasonally; reducing your food miles.

* Putting a face to your farmer and knowing your food dollars are staying in your community.

* Supporting local, ecological farmers encourages more farmers to go this route.

* Knowing that your food dollars are supporting ecologically-conscious farming and not contributing to environmental degradation; reduction of food waste.

(Parts of this article originally appeared in ShopEco’s weekly e-newsletter.)

021 There are also risks – In the past we have had late frost, early frost, drought, floods, hail – all in one season! – as well as insect and disease pressure caused by unpredictable and unusual weather. This might mean complete or partial failure of a crop. We mitigate these risks in a number of ways: in our off-season planning we always plan for growing an extra 20% of each crop than required; we have raised beds and covered hoops to protect plants from the weather and insects; polyculture creates a strong and bio-diverse system, because we grow a large variety of vegetables even if 1 or 2 are decimated there are another 50 crops to take their place; we work closely with other local farms to purchase produce if necessary. While members take on risks they also get to share in the bounty when we have bumper crops!

Details: We require your $200 deposit to get you registered. Deposits can be paid in cash, by cheque, or by email money transfter. Please contact us at – locallygerminated@gmail.com – to sign up. Your second (and final) payment comes during the first week of veggie delivery in mid-June. You can choose to add another $100, $200, or $300 to your total for the season. Each amount comes with a bonus – $5, $10, $15 (corresponding with your share size) – that you can spend on our produce throughout the season. There are payment plans for those who require it or if you want a larger share size. These amounts translate into weekly produce baskets of $15, $20, or $25. To compare, our blog shows what produce was in the $500 ($25/wk) weekly basket in 2014.

Built-in flexibility: For those folks choosing to pickup at the farm near Tilbury, at the Belle River Farmers’ Market, or at ShopEco we will be using a credit system. When you come each week you can choose exactly which veggies you want from our table and we simply deduct them from your total credit. If you miss a week you won’t miss out on what you’ve paid for and you can also load up on veggies you really like on other weeks. You have control over which veggies you want (from our seasonal selection) and how much you want to spend each week. This is how we can balance the needs of various people – from those who want to see more Kale each week to those who never want to see it, for example, because there are veggies that folks seem to love or hate. We will use this system at our other 2 Windsor locations if there are enough people signed up. If your preferred location doesn’t use the credit system other methods will be in place to offer flexibility – open bins of vegetables from you to choose from, a “swap box” where you can grab something you’d like in exchange for something you don’t. Swap boxes are popular with many CSA’s around the country. This year we are asking members to bring their own bags or boxes to take their produce home in so that we can reduce our use of plastic bags.

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Current location options:

  • Walkerville – Shop Eco (378 Devonshire Rd, Windsor) on Tuesdays from 3pm-6:30pm
  • South Windsor – Take Back The Farm (4929 Malden Rd, Windsor) on Thursdays from 4pm-7pm
  • East Winsdor – The Urban Greenhouse (7635 Tecumseh Rd East [Pick Wick Plaza], Windsor) on Thursdays from 3pm-6pm
  • Our main farm in Lakeshore near Tilbury (20600 Morris Rd, Tilbury) on Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm
  • Belle River Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 10am-2pm

Some of the produce we grow: ‘Candy’ Tomatoes, a variety of Leafy Greens, Beets + Carrots, Peas + Beans, Garlic + Onions, Melons + Squash, Sweet Peppers + Cucumbers, Broccoli and more!

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  • Saturday mornings 8am-noon
  • Tuesday mornings 8am-noon
  • Wednesday mornings 8am-noon
  • Thursday mornings 8am-noon

If you are interested in this please send us an email. If you don’t feel like you can commit or you are inexperienced send us a note anyway detailing what you’d like from the experience and we will determine if we can fit you onto our farm in some capacity.

Referral Program: When you refer someone to our CSA and they pay their deposit you will be put into a draw to win $100 worth of produce. The draw will take place before the first week of deliveries in mid-June so if you haven’t paid your full fee yet we will give you the $100 credit to use throughout the season.

Stay tuned for details on farm tours, foraging tours, work bees, and other exciting ventures such as canning parties and cooking workshops with local chefs!

From everyone on our farm – we are looking forward to a WONDERFUL GROWING SEASON!014

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