This weekly blog that I write is intended to mainly tell farm news, what happened on or to the farm that has an effect on what we do each week.
The name of the farm had it’s origins when my parents were visiting my mother’s cousin in Devon, England and a discussion ensued as to what name to give the then unnamed farm. As Mom’s family came from Devon it seemed only fitting that the name Devon be part of the farm name so “Devon Acres” it became. Mom helped with the farm chores, feeding chickens, pigs and other needed work when my farther was at work with the Brantford Fire Department where he worked for 38 years. Though Mom has not worked on the farm for a very long time now, we all still considered her to be somehow part of our farm, Devon Acres. Mom died peacefully Saturday evening. She would have been 98 years old on April 18, 2016.
Life goes on of course, and the farming goes on too. We will have a memorial gathering for Mom sometime in October.
The week that passed saw at least two good rainfalls in the area east of Burford more rain at various spots in Brantford, a good amount in most of Paris I think and a real monsoon like downpour in Ancaster. We here managed a few drops on Wednesday but that was all. Nothing that would have had any effect on this lengthening drought. Fairly heavy rain briefly at a portion of the airport about a mile away from here. The miss was only by a mile, so we are still watering constantly with just a single sprinkler. It takes too long to get the whole garden watered at this rate but for now it is the best we can do and it does get us by.
Mostly the garden looks good and is producing well though not quite as much as we would like. There are a lot of veggies still maturing and not too far from harvest. The pastures, except for a portion for the horses, are really eaten bare and will need a lot of rain and a lot of time to recover to where they will be useful for grazing once more.
So do your rain dances,waft a bit of herbal smoke or do what ever else you think might get us plenty of rain.