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CSA Planning 2017

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Happy 2017 from all of us here at TapRoot Farms!

Josh and I (Patricia) are in the throws of planning for the growing season ahead. We have created a tentative plan for what would go into the shares each week. This is to ensure we create a production schedule that has veggies available when we plan to have them available. We haven't shared this before because we don't want you to hold us to it in that it is a plan and it will depend on how storage crops hold up or how early or late the season is or if we do or do not have a big wind storm, etc. etc. We are trusting you will appreciate this. We'd love your feedback on what you'd like to see more of or less of based on what we have outlined here. 

Chickens are raised from May - October. This is because they are pastured (free range). It is too cold the rest of the year to raise them. The chicken inventory will run out later on before we have new chickens in June. We have tried hard to work it out so it will last as long as possible. 

Enjoy reviewing and welcome to a new year of food from the farm. 

First Quarter 

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Meat Share 



December 15 Deliveries

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Good Morning Thursday Members and some members from Tuesday who may have arranged to pickup today:

Adam is heading out to make the deliveries today. 

If anything changes I will facebook, blog and send you an email.

On the upside, the kids are excited for the snow:)

Have a good day!

Patricia



December 12th Deliveries

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

We got our first good storm of the season on December 12th. 

Deliveries to Hawthorn and St. Peters will happen today, Tuesday. Same time and place. 

Deliveries to St. Marks will happen tomorrow, Wednesday. Same time and place but out of the back of the van.

Thank you for accommodating, we realize it isn't easy!

Patricia



Fibre Lab Update: Sept/Oct 2016

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The fall has brought some wonderful changes in the weather as we finally got some rain, as well as changes in the Fibre Lab. We have made a lot of progress in the last month, and are feeling overwhelmed with all of the support and possibilities for this project. Our team has been hard at work trying to bring more product to the shelves, and we have been receiving expressions of interest from people all over the world for our products and machines. We had our first EVER piece of clothing made with our own linen mixed with wool by Pia. She spun, wove, and designed and created a beautiful tunic that certainly makes the dream of local clothing more real than ever!

 

 

Near the beginning of September, we moved our Belfast Mini Mills wool processing equipment to the old winter market at Noggins to free up farm space at Canard. The separator and carder have been hard at work with Rhea at the helm. A few weeks ago we received our short-line tow/wool spinning machine and have been able to produce tow yarn from our rovings. It’s an intense process as we try to figure out how to properly spin yarn and care for these machines, as well as how to measure that which we have spun. It’s truly an expertise that will be developed as we go. With these machines all set up together, we are almost ready to begin custom processing wool and short-line flax fibre, and have a few pilot projects lined up this fall to see what we are able to produce. Our biggest challenge for wool is that we don’t have a washer, so fleeces will have to be fairly clean before we can run them through our machines. There is a wool mill with a washer at Hameny Woolen Mill near Stewiacke, which we invite people to use before they come to us.

 

 

Our hackling machine has left the manufacturer and will be set up in conjunction with the rippler, breaker, and scutcher as we try to figure out a streamlined, mechanized process to get flax through these machines as efficiently as possible. We are also negotiating our possible first sale of the machines as well, which has added some pressure to get the entire line completed as soon as we can! We have had several people from the USA also contact us about setting up a system in their area and asking for flax-growing advice, which keeps us confident that we are on the right track.

 

Patricia has been on a mission to spread the word about all we are doing. She attended a Rural Talks Rural event in Blyth, ON, and participated on a panel entitled “From Fibre to Fabulous: fashion from the ground up!” telling the TapRoot Fibre story. She then attended the Manitoba Fibre Festival where she sold our first skeins of tow yarn (and lots of other goodies) in Winnipeg. Next up is Amherst for the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival on October 15th and then the weekend following that in PEI for the Maritime Spinner’s Retreat. All our products will be available for sale at these events, and it’s almost time to start planning for Christmas so if you know any spinners, weavers, or knitters, this might be a good opportunity to get ahead of the game!  We are enthusiastic about hearing all your opinions about flax so come out and say hi and let us know what sort of things you are looking for.  We are planning to release knitting kits that include a length of yarn and some original patterns, so if you have any ideas we would live to hear them! Email fibrelab@taprootfarms.ca

 


Finally, on September 29th we were overjoyed to be the recipients of the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Innovation Award. Valued at 32,200.00 in cash and in-kind contributions, we were first place winners for our pitch that focused on completing our processing line and getting our final wet-spinning machine for long line linen completed. Thanks to the AVCC and the judges for choosing us, and you'll be the first to get those linen shirts Patricia is always talking about!