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!