January 22, 2015 Farm News

We have spent a lot of time over the past few weeks developing the 2015 farm brochure and we finally finished it this past week.  This sets out some “policy” for the farm for the rest of the year and the Brochure contains several important changes to the CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) program that is our main concern when planning for the new season. The brochure is available at the  Our CSA Program page.  I will try to include it as an attachment to reminder e-mails that I’ll be sending out to all of last season’s CSA members as well as those who have contacted us during the year asking if they can join the CSA for 2015.  If you are interested and don’t get an e-mail then contact us.

The weather has been kind to all of us at the farm over the past week.  Melting snow froze to ice here and there but no problems for horses or cows in getting around.  Maybe more of a problem for us humans as our driveway has a lot of ice cover now.  Still, nobody’s vehicle has slipped off to the side or had any trouble driving out and no one has slipped and fallen when walking.

The special chickens, Barnevelder rooster with a mix of hens.

The special chickens, Barnevelder rooster with a mix of hens.

The little bit of sunshine has the chickens going outside quite a bit.  They like that there is a lot of bare ground about to investigate.  There will be weed seeds and other interesting stuff for chickens all around.  They don’t seem to be too much bothered by the just below freezing temperature though wind would push them inside.

A sample of eggs: from the left, the first four eggs are from the ISA hens. The variation in colour is typical though most are closer to upper left. The large, large egg at lower right is an unusual size, not many of these.  The middle four eggs are from the special hens.  The darkest one at lower right is a Marans, the top two are likely Welsumer and the bottom left likely a Barnevelder.  The four on the right: top two are Silkie, off white and the two whiter than white are Leghorn.

A sample of eggs: from the left, the first four eggs are from the ISA hens. The variation in colour is typical though most are closer to upper left. The large, large egg at lower right is an unusual size, not many of these.
The middle four eggs are from the special hens. The darkest one at lower right is a Marans, the top two are likely Welsumer and the bottom left likely a Barnevelder. The four on the right: top two are Silkie, off white and the two whiter than white are Leghorn.

The brochure is done so now we will go back to looking at seed catalogues and planning for planting.  We do the same basic planting each year but we things change, better, improved vegetable varieties become available to try especially if a favourite  disappears from catalogues or something new promises some improvement that we may have been looking for.

Much other planning needed, many repairs still to be done, new stuff budgeted for,

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