Friday, October 20, 2006

Picture Post

Well, here are some pics to add color to Luke's post.

This is a pic of our final market booth. We've basically sold out of all our produce in this shot but managed to make the booth look nice for the pic.

A shot of our bike trailer which we'll be trucking to market in the spring.

Gorilla-Man Luke moves the greenhouse

Our delicious corn, ready and waiting to be harvested.

But wait!! Whats this large bear print doing in the middle of our field??


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Pictureless Posts

Well, I still don't know how to add pictures to the posts. But that doesn't mean exciting things aren't happening! We are further along on finishing our greenhouse(hopefully pictures will be coming). A bear ate all our popcorn and left it's 'tag' all over our field. We just gave a farm tour to the New Brunswick Organic Farming Apprenticeship program a couple days ago. It's always fun to have new people out on the farm.

But most importantly, we got a new scythe! It's super awesome, and I've been cutting the lawn and field with it. For more scything info go to's where we bought it from). Brad's been working on a new bantry bay farm website, so hopefully that will be up soon, so far it's looking great. There's still lots of odd jobs to complete before we can sit back in a chair and give a big long sigh of relaxation. Then we have to plan for next year, which I'm really looking forward to, because now we know so much more than we did last year, and there is oh so much to plan.

One last exciting project in the works, is our human powered vegetable transport project. A.K.A our new bike trailer! We still haven't done much testing, but we're hoping we can take our veggies to market next year with a bike trailer(or maybe two). How fun is that? (I know you're all picuring me laying in the ditch with veggies all over the road and a runaway bike trailer heading down the hill towards St. Andrews) More on that in the future, and hopefully a picture as well.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Long time no bloggy

Well, we've been quite busy, and forgetful. Hopefully there will be a couple updates in the next week or so because I don't think I'm going to cover everything right now. We just had our last market last Thursday. It was really great. Mike and I had been away in the U.S.A for 2 weeks, so Katherine and Brad had held down the fort while we were gone. We attended a vipassana meditation course near Boston, MA. 10 days of silence, and 10 hours a day meditating. Yikes! It was quite difficult but very healthy. My second course, and Mike's first. Mike liked it and we've both been meditating once or twice daily since we got back.(We'd like to make it twice but it's still difficult to find the time) For more information go to

After our course we helped out at the centre for a few days, and then got a ride and hitchhiked to Unity, Maine for the Common Ground Fair. It was positively marvelous. It's a fair put on by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. And it's huge! like 20,000 people a day. Mike and I volunteered setting up because we got there a day early and then Brad and Katherine came down on the weekend for a day and we got a ride back home with some friends.
While there, we went to workshops on: growing grapes, growing raspberries, growing strawberries, growing and storing root crops, crop rotation, tree pruning, seed saving, finding your spirit guide, solar energy, solar cooking, scything demonstration, scythe sharpening, homeopathy, homemade bike trailers.
There were also lots of booths with info, and books for sale on all sorts of subjects. We bought books about homemade earth-ovens, yurts and tipis, sustainable architecture, a unique village in columbia that is a major environmental/sustainability success story, and one about the Buddha and Angulimala(a terrorist/serial killer that become a monk). And needless to say, there was delicious food, and a farmers market!

So. now we are back home and still have a bazillion things to do and work on for the coming winter, next spring and beyond. The most important one: reading Lord of the Rings! I started reading Lord of the Rings aloud to Mike, Brad, and Katherine last week, and it has been a lot of fun so far. We just visited Tom Bombadil and are now staying at The Prancing Pony in Bree.

Hey dol, merry dol, my hearties!