Monday, 21 April 2014

Loving Spring

Spring is here and it’s been one filled with great moments. Just the other day I was munching on some overwintered kale when I spotted a local bee, bright orange in colour with eyes as big as its appetite. We stared at each other for a few moments before we went on our separate ways to enjoy the sunshine and abundance. 



Pic of overwintered Kale. The heads taste like broccoli and are quite delicious.

I am a first year farmer here at the Yarrow Eco-Village and am happy to be part of a diverse crew of people growing vegetables and fruit, raising chickens and sharing life in community. Last year I spent some time working for Nevin and Shauna Gavigan of Ohm Farms learning the vegetable farming ways. I also learned a few beekeeping tips from Andrew Burkinshaw of Blackbird Bees and Honey. 

With that summer of experience, I decided to branch out on my own and start up a farm called “The Farmacy.” It’s based on the principle that food can be our medicine and a true source of healing. 


Asian Greens ready to go out into the field.



Red Russian Kale showing its true colours.


The bees also love the recent weather we have been having. The queens are alive and laying eggs with vigour. A queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day! She is not one to sit back and enjoy her position of royalty with her feet up. 


A beehive at the Yarrow Eco-Village.

A bee honing in on its target


This is shaping up to be a great year filled with long hours of hands in the dirt watching earthworms dart about and bees collect the nectar. 

A happy Earth day to you all!
     Marcel

Monday, 17 June 2013

CSA & Market Season has Begun!

Wow, it seems like just yesterday it was early spring and we were seeding our first crops in the greenhouse, setting out our first transplants, and direct seeding our first crops in the feilds. And now here we are, the height of the season!

Our CSA program began last week, and what a great first box it was! Garlic scapes, bok choy, beets, salad mix, spinach, kohlrabi and chard. It was great seeing our members from last year, and meeting our new members for this year. We (Ohm Organic Farm @ Yarrow Ecovillage) are managing a 50 member CSA program this year. And boy are we excited! (This being our third year doing the program).

We also started our 2nd market a week. We will be attending the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market on Saturdays, and now Wednesdays as well! The market is in its 10th year, and what a great job the market manager and the board of directors have done. We'll be at the Abbotsford markets until late this fall, with a huge diversity of produce available throughout the season.

The farm is going great this year. The weather has been pleasant, and the crops are doing well. Things are definately earlier than last year, with our first pick of new potatoes this week, as well as sugar snap peas! (yay!). Broccoli is right around the courner, as is cauliflower and cabbage.

More updates to come!


Nevin packing the CSA bins for our first pickup of the season, last week.
We had quite the table at market last weekend. The heaping pile of veggies is a mark that summer has begun!
Nevin posing next to our new, hand painted, Market sign.
My mom will be helping us out again at markets this year. Thanks Mom!
Nevin looking out over the fields, admiring our hard work!

We are trying a new method of Salad Mix this year, and after several harvests, we are loving it! Its much easier to weed, harvest and process. And what a beautiful mix it is!


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Grand Opening of the Yarrow Farmstand Market - June 1st!


The grand opening of the Yarrow Farmstand Market will be Saturday, June 1st (Yarrow Days!). Come check out the locally grown produce, eggs, crafts and more at our cute little farmstand located right on Yarrow Central Rd, right across from Inspired Arts & Crafts in Yarrow BC.

Interested in selling at the Yarrow Market? We have space for locals who make, bake, or grow a quality product. Please get in touch with Tamara at tamara.bonnemaison@gmail.com if you would like more information.
 
A big thanks to all those who donated their time and materials to building this beautiful little farstand building. Especially Rudy & Rita Bot! We couldn't have done it without you :)

See you on June 1st!



Big thanks to everyone who helped build this beautiful little farmstand! And an especially big thank you to Rudy & Rita Bot :)

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Growing Green Things Makes My Heart Sing!

The farm is off to a great start this year. We currently have 33 x 150' beds out in the fields that have been seeded (carrots, scallions, beets, spinach, greens, turnips, radishes, kale's, collards, herbs, potatoes, etc), or have transplants in them. And several thousand transplants in the greenhouse that are almost ready to go out (not including the thousands of onion, shallot & leek transplants!).

As well, our Farm Center area has been set up around our new-recycled Barn. The wash station was moved and rebuilt, the cooler unit has been set on its final resting place beside the barn, and the pump and pressure tank have been successfully hooked up to the new well in the south field. Which is going to make things a whole lot easier this year, as last year we were traveling all over the 20 acres of the farm to reach the different stations... now everything is within 20ft of each other. Yay!

We have also begun builing a cute little farmstand at the front of the Ecovillage on Yarrow Central Road. This farm stand will house the produce put there by the farmers who grow veggies at Yarrow Ecovillage Community Farm. Thanks to Tam and Rudy, and all the others involved in organizing this cute little farmstand!

We are also gearing up to host our first ever Barn Dance this Saturday, and its shaping up to be one fantastic event. Maybe we'll see you there :)

The Farm Center is really coming along. Pump house, Wash station, Cooler, and Barn, all within 20ft of each other!

Salad Mix transplants!

Red, Yellow, and Pink Chard transplants almost ready to go out.

The Broccoli will be going out soon, as well as the Kohlrabi. Then the Cauliflowers and the Cabbages :)

Nothing like a carpet of Onion, Shallow and Leek transplants!
Big thanks to all the folks who helped put together the Farmstand at the front of the Ecovillage. We'll be selling veggies out of here to the locals this summer. Thanks Rudy!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

2013 CSA Harvest Box Program is full!

Well its official, Ohm Organic Farm's 2013 CSA Harvest Box program is now full. Thank you to all of our returning and new members for your support. And thank you to all those who's interest we piqued, but weren't able to make it into the program this year.

We are very excited about this years program, and we hope you all are too!

See you soon :)



Shauna Gavigan
Ohm Organic Farm @ Yarrow Ecovillage

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Gumboot Formal Barn Dance - April 27th, 2013

The Yarrow Ecovillage Community Farm is holding a 
Barn Dance! 
April 27th, 2013
Attire is "Gumboot Formal"

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and kids are free.

Come for the potluck dinner at 5:30pm, then get ready to dance your gumboots off to the string-band Greenwood. Anyone dressed in "gumboot formal" gets entered for the door prize draw! Warm up at the bonfire, or cool down with a drink from our cash bar and a stroll by the silent auction table.

Never heard of Greenwood? "With twin fiddle, mandolin, octave-mandolin guitar, and stand-up bass, Greenwood will get you dancing or at least tapping your toes to their brand of string-band music."

Buy your tickets at http://barndance.eventzilla.net/
All proceeds go to the Yarrow Ecovillage Community Farm
42312 Yarrow Central Rd., Yarrow BC



Saturday, 9 March 2013

Early Spring Work

We are very excited to have an intern on board with us at Ohm Organic Farm this year. Marcel is quite the educated and intersting fellow, who has helped set up rural farming projects in deveoping countries the past several years. He is interested in starting his own small farm, sometime in the next few years, and is very enthusiastic about working with us this year to gain some much needed hands on experience (as he has done mostly the planning side of farming thus far). Welcome aboard Marcel!



Another milestone to note is the moving of the perennial herb stock from the North Feild, to our larger plot in the South Feild. We thought this would be an easy task; just dig the herbs out of the ground, put them on the hay wagon and transport them to the S. Field, then replant them. Well this turned out to be a 4hr job for three people! lol. We had more herbs than we expected, and our bodies were weak from a winter's worth of rest!



Also on the agenda was starting the installation of the Pea Trellising in the South Feild. We plan to have 3 x 130' beds worth of Sugar Snap peas this year (you can never have enough!). Which is a 4x increase over last years production (whoa!).



Next project: building a mini greenhouse in the North Field to be used as a waylay station for transplants going out to the field (only the ones the slugs wont eat!) and then for use as a greenhouse for our pepper plants this year. More details to come!