Justine has worked on the farm since 2010. I ran into her while using the office at Church Street this week because the power is out at the CSA office. Jocelyn is filling in for Justine's maternity leave and is all trained now, so Justine is currently filling in getting all the extra admin, troubleshooting and office tasks done.
Justine typically works in the wholesale and meat realm at the farm. She says her favourite thing to do at the farm is the busy summer organic wholesale orders, when there's tons of fresh produce coming in and being packed up and going out into the world. Her favourite veggie to eat that we grow here at the farm is the mini cucumbers. Her favourite veggies to grow on the farm are fennel and eggplant.
As well as working at TapRoot, Justine and her husband Nathan keep free range licensed chicken and sheep. Some of Justine & Nathan's pastured chicken and lamb make it into the TapRoot meat shares.
I asked Justine if there was anything else she wanted to add and she said "I really like it here.... That's all I can think of right now-- pregnancy brain!"
Louise-- also known fondly around here as "Weesie"-- hails from Grand Bank, Newfoundland near the Burin Peninsula. She and her husband Gerald travel to Nova Scotia each season for about 5 months to work at TapRoot Farms. Louise's favourite things to do at the farm are bunching green onions and weeding. Her least favourite part is the flies! Her favourite veggie to eat that we grow at the farm is carrots.
In the winters in Newfoundland, she and Gerald enjoy ice fishing and going into the country on their ATV. They have been coming to TapRoot Farms for 9 seasons now, and now bring their dog Brandy (chihuahua lab mix) with them! She says they think it is a nice place to work and they like it.
I asked Louise if there was anything else she wanted to share about herself and she exclaimed "Yes! I'm cute, adorable, and sweet. And friendly!" and Jocelyn chimed in "she likes singing Christmas carols in July!"
Calvin arrives each year to TapRoot Farms from the south coast of Newfoundland, near the Burin Peninsula. This is his ELEVENTH season at the farm, which makes him nearly tied with Josh and Patricia! He said he's seen a lot of changes at the farm in that eleven years: "Everything has changed. It has been a real learning experience, watching as the farm becomes more efficient".
Calvin favourite crop to grow and eat at the farm is grape tomatoes. He said he loves the smell when they are in the greenhouse. On the farm, Calvin does various tasks, from transplanting and harvesting to maintenance of tunnels and other infrastructure.
Back in Newfoundland, Calvin and his wife Danette enjoy their new camper trailer. Calvin also builds sheds and other woodworking projects to keep busy. He says: "I've got to keep busy: Can't just do nothin'". He will be here for at least 5 months again this season, and we're happy to have him as part of the TapRoot Team!
Brodie-- or as I fondly call him, B-Rock-- is working for his third season at the farm. He is 18 years old and originally from Hantsport, Nova Scotia. He is Josh's cousin and is also living at the farm during the week in a small trailer-- or, as he calls it, his mansion. He says it's not bad, when there's power-- which, unfortunately post-Hurricane-Arthur, right now there is not!
Brodie's favourite thing about the farm is the people he works with... but not the bugs! He loves pruning tomatoes in the tunnel (if it's cool). His favourite veggie to eat is potatoes.
In his spare time, Brodie likes to watch movies and play guitar.
On Friday with the storm on the way, we decided to leave tunnels up, and on Saturday morning it was obvious that they were not going to make it. So, we took 'em down in high winds-- Scary! The tunnels at Church Street seem to be okay except the cuke tunnel. The plastic ripped off and then we cut the strings holding the cucumbers up so they would not get as damaged (which they didn't!). But, the tunnel itself was damaged.
The rest of the tunnels at Church Street did not come down until 6:30 pm on Saturday. This was CRAZY!!! The wind was 100 km/hr gusts. We were successful, but were 30 minutes too late as all of them have some damaged parts.
Field crops here were windblown bad. The early corn is flat, squash plants rolled up in a ball, pepper leaves stripped, apple and cherry trees lost some limbs.
At Canard we have no power, which means:
watering greenhouses by hand
the 18-wheeler trailer is in the yard to keep harvested veggies cool
generator is running to keep the meat in freezers frozen
all of our awesome seasonal farmers are without power in their homes.
All of the plants look beat up, but they hopefully will be fine. Time will tell if other problems will arise from their injured leaves and stems.