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Happy April everyone!

Let’s get to some news before we get to farm updates 🙂

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Happy Honey Bees; Overwintered Purple Sprouting Broccoli

We are now CLOSED to new members who want ShopEco as their pickup location, we are FULL! Exceptions will be made for returning members only but they must let us know by May 18th.

We are still accepting members at our farm location, May 18th is the deadline to sign up.

Our season will start on Saturday May 28th at our on-farm market. Special guests for opening day, The Cheese Bar, a local company with plenty of cheeses to sample.

For members who are already signed up – we will be sending out welcome emails with details of where and when the season will begin, and important membership information. We’ll be asking you to let us know which share style you prefer (if you haven’t already told us), and which early bird special you want (if applicable).

Paid members can also take advantage of our Referral Program. If you refer someone who becomes a paid member your name will be entered into a draw to win $100 worth of produce. Please share our Membership Information if you have friends or family who live near our farm!

We are holding a monthly contest on our Facebook page and winners get a gift certificate for $15 worth of our on-farm produce.

If you’re looking for organically-grown seedlings for your home garden join us at our farm on Sunday May 15th from 10 am to 1 pm where we will be joined by Wheatley Woods (you can also find them on Facebook) for Food, Fruit, and Forage: Plant + Seedling sale. All the details will be posted on our Facebook Event Page. We’re also planning a special Foraging Walk in conjunction with Wheatley Woods in late June.

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Seedlings growing well in the greenhouse.

We have so many exciting events planned for every Saturday at the farm and we are still in the planning stages for more events to come! Check back in often to our Events page  and on our Facebook page for full details on events and opportunities such as: a traditional, ceremonial 3 Sisters Mound building event; a foraging walk at River Bell in Dresden in mid-May that will also include a foraged meal at a local restaurant; chef demonstrations; hands-on workshops; details on a “Kid’s Gardening Club” (we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback for this!); weekly freshly-pressed seasonal juices by subscription at the farm on Saturdays (let us know if you’re interested or want more information); options for ordering through our new ONFC buying club; and drop-in yoga several mornings a week.

Through all of our busy planning we’ve also been busy planting! Onions, scallions, red cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, and peas have all made their way into our luscious soil and are enjoying the delicious soft rain. If you want to know more about what varieties we are growing check out our Veggies! page, some of our varieties have lovely stories about their heritage (links included with variety listings).

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Whoever says children don’t value hard work, getting dirty, and where their food comes from has perhaps never given a child the chance to spend the day on a working farm. Our neighbour friend, who usually comes over to play video games, couldn’t wait to come and work on the farm. He was excited at every job he was given, enjoyed being able to eat Kale straight off the plant and being able to harvest his own Carrot salad. He can’t wait to come back each week!

Spring also signals the return of nourishing greens …. These are surprises we found that had over-wintered and survived our “Winter” ….

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Wild Arugula; Spinach

Looking forward to the next Farm update and in finalizing all of our plans for the season!



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We’ve been busy planting thousands of seedlings and now we wait for the rain to water them!

fam planting borderOur farm is always a family affair and our waterwheel planter allows even the youngest family member to help out with planting. From the top, left to right: Getting the black plastic laid down; Being silly; 2 folks can plant at once and our 15 year old follows behind to make sure every seedling is properly planted; Black plastic makes a great mulch and keeps seedlings warm even in a frost; Our wonderful intern for this year; Planting; Our 10 year old is planting Tomatoes; Our 8 year old is planting Peppers.

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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.


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.


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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