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Delivery Update

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Good Day Members,

We hope you have dug out from our first Nova Scotia Blizzard of 2016.

The roads are looking better by the hour so we are going to go ahead and deliveries today.

Please keep an eye on facebook or the blog for updates of time delays or changes at the different locations - this is very possible because we are leaving late from the farm.

Many thanks for your support and patience as we get you your food from the farm this week.

Patricia

 



Deliveries

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Seaport is closed!!!!! Alert to CSA members. We will deliver your share on Thursday so sorry!!!!! Or they will be on the truck if you can get to Oxford Edgewood between 4:30-5:30.

Deliveries today:
YWCA - Jem will be there at 3 for 15 minutes. Then he will take the shares inside.

Hawthorne - Jem will be there around 4

St.marks - jill will be there inside the church at around 3:15-3:30-6 please do NOT bring your boxes this week as we do not have a van coming to collect.

Oxford Edgewood and Brunswick St - we appreciate your patience as it may take a few more minutes for Ed to get there today. He is dropping the St Marks shares off first so we hope we have built in enough time.

Everywhere else should be routine.

Thanks!!!

 



Blizzard Plan

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Good Morning CSA members at Hawthorne, St. Marks and YWCA: 

We've decided to pay attention in advance to the weather warnings. We are building your shares this morning but we are not going to deliver until tomorrow. 

On Monday's we have two van and three locations. We are going to need to do it with one van tomorrow because the other van will be doing regularly scheduled Tuesday deliveries. 

SO....please take note:

YWCA 3PM-3:15 for van pickup, then they will be placed at YWCA for pickup until 4:45. IF YWCA is closed tomorrow we will sort out another day this week for this delivery

St. Marks 4PM-6PM from inside the church - the van will need to go to Hawthorne St. Jill or another member of the TapRoot team will be there to greet you. 

Hawthorne Street - NOTE TIME CHANGE: 4:30-6 PM (we need enough time to unload at St. Marks and drive to Hawthorne, sorry for inconvenience)

The delivery van will be solid white van - not the TapRoot van you are use to seeing at Hawthorne.  

I sure hope this storm is cleared up by then. If not we will sort out another plan of action. 

Have a lovely day ~ with plans changing and all ~ Enjoy!

Patricia

 


Payment Options ~ 2016

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

All accounts will have one annual invoice. There is one annual cost for your CSA share. It is based on an assumed or approximate weekly amount, but the price is an annual price - one invoice. 

You are invited to pay this invoice in full with money order, email transfer, cash or cheque prior to the start of the season on April 4th 2016. With costs on the farm at their highest in the spring and summer, our hope and preference is that you will pay for your CSA membership as soon as possible. 

Payments can be emailed to info@taprootfarms.ca or mailed to:

TapRoot Farms
1736 Church St.
Port Williams, NS
B0P 1T0

If paying in full does not work for you, you are welcome to pay in monthly installments. To pay monthly, simply divide your total amount owing by 9 (9 months of shares, 9 payments). Please let our bookkeeper know that you will be making monthly payments so she can make a note on your account.



Monthly update - January, 2016

Posted on by Rhea Hamlin

Since the new year, we have been busy planning for the year ahead. 

Denise has been researching different seed trials carried out in Belgium and France for varieties that will grow well in our Maritime climate. Because of our shorter growing season, we are looking at seed varieties with good youth growth. We are planning to grow five acres of flax this year, with the majority of the fields being planted with the Melina variety. We have planted Melina before with good success. We will also plant some small test plots with a range of newer varieties. 

As we increase the amount of flax we are growing, we have to solve the harvesting issue. Last year, our one-acre plot of flax was harvested manually over several weeks. This harvesting method is clearly not a viable option with our production increasing to five acres. The team has been working on finding a solution to our harvesting needs. 

We have decided to include roving on our list of products. I have been carrying out research to determine a fair price for this product. 

On January 15th, a group of farmers, weavers, spinners, and other interested folks started an exciting discussion about forming a collective fibershed here in Nova Scotia. We will be continuing the conversation on February 12th, at 1 pm at Bishop Hall. If you are interested in joining the conversation, or interested in learning more, please join us on the 12th. 

Last year, we were contacted by a flax and linen study group in New England about a symposium they are hosting in August of this year. We are happy to announce that Patricia and Mike (our engineer) will not only be attending the event, but will be presenting. And, we are looking into the possibility of taking our equipment with us. I have been conducting some research into the necessary paperwork we need to have in place to cross the border with our machinery. 

Back in December, we were asked to write some content for TrustedClothes.com and the first two blog posts have been published. It was nice to work with Shannon at Trusted Clothes and we are looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for this organization. 

Patricia brought in her mother's knitting machine and I am working on getting the machine into operational condition. Once operating, I will learn how to knit dishcloths on the machine using our linen yarn. In addition to this, we are working with Jonathan McClelland at Western Valley Agri to develop a firelog using our flax shives. 

Our second piece of equipment, the breaker, was brought to the farm last week. After some tweaking, I will be able to start breaking mechanically. I am super excited as this means no more tired shoulder! 

We are in the process of setting up the flax processing room on the farm. We have started testing our third piece of equipment, the scutcher--this machine will remove the shive from the linen fibres--and construction of our fourth piece of equipment, the hackling machine, has started. This piece of equipment will remove any knots and shorter linen fibres and leave you with long line linen fibres that are ready for the intersector.