Late Fall – Tree Seed Bed and Second Pond

I took a few days in early November to head-up to the farm to get the seedbed installed. I have 100 hazelnuts seeds from a variety found in Saskatchewan, 100 burr oak seeds (acorns) from a selected variety first found in the US in the early 20th Century, 100 red […]

Fall Farm Weekend

Thanks to everyone who came out to the farm this October. It was such a sight, to see all three wheelbarrows in use, and accomplishing things in minutes instead of hours. Unfortunately the Sunday was rainy, but the Saturday was glorious. We completed the paths, planted a bunch of spring […]

Sunny August Day

The Food Forest is looking lush and green, with cosmo’s and clover flowering in the foreground As you can see there are no paths in the picture — these are to come.

Spring Update

I was pleasantly surprised to recently arrive up at the food forest, and see a mostly lush landscape. All of the trees planted (apples, pears, hazeulnuts, serviceberries, alders, buartnuts, black walnuts, butternuts) and berries (red, white, black currants, jostaberries, honeyberries, raspberries), garlic, chives, oregano and thyme had taken.     […]

Fiddlehead Nursery – Greenhouse

My brother and I went to Fiddlehead Nursery, run by Ben Caesar in the Beaver valley a few weeks ago to pick-up a bunch of edible perennials plants, including sorrel, sea kale, turkish rocket, sweet cicely, and lovage. It was the first time I’ve been to the Beaver Vallay in […]

Spring Melt Pond

With the spring melt the location of the food forest pond at the crotch of a watershed on the site means that it is slowing and infiltrating the water, hopefully to the point where the pond becomes well sealed and holds the water.  Last year, with the fall digging, it […]

Maple Syrup

On March 2nd, Sonja and I helped my parents in collecting maple sap and making maple syrup.  My dad built quite the firebox from a wood stove and we used a evaporator table made by a welder in Orillia. Eventually, we even incorporated a fan to create a high temperature flame […]

Aerial View of Orchard Site – Buckwheat Blooming

On October 8th, the buckwheat cover crop that I had sown a few weeks before in the orchard was in full bloom (on the half we seeded first).  It was shocking to come up to the orchard and so late in the season be surrounded by bee’s, attracted to the […]

Ground Cover is Appearing

We spread a groundcover of buckwheat, clover and hair vetch. I also added a bit of microbial innoculant to the seed mixture. *Since this post I have learned that the clover seed should be first of mixed with sand because the seeds are so small it is hard to hand […]

Pond Update

I dug the pond out only a few hours before a major rain storm that brought 40-60mm of rain to the area. Within 12 hours there was a little muddy puddle in the bottom. In the weeks that have followed it has been remarkable to see how quickly life is […]