A couple of weeks ago, in response to this article, Sister Jovita from St. Mary's Basilica in Halifax was in touch with me about corn. Though we do have excess, we don't have the extra labour for harvesting or capacity to ship it anywhere, but I told her she was welcome to come out and harvest as much as she would like. Last Tuesday, she and a volunteer arrived, Josh took them to the field where the corn was ready, and they harvested a bunch for a corn boil at the drop in shelter. She sent along some photos, so here they are!
1) preparing the corn
2) the beauty
3) ready to be served
4) this is the name of the program at St. Mary's Basilica where the corn was served
5) for taking home
6) one of our guests enjoying it.
So great to see the harvest go to such great use! One of the other Valley sweet corn farmers was able to supply FeedNS, meaning most or all of the food banks in the province also got some corn sent their way. Read the article here. Way to go, Elmridge and Greg!
SUPPORT YOUR FUTURE FARMERS - DONATE TO ACORN's Grow A Farmer Program!
TapRoot Farms is participating in the pilot year of the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network's (ACORN) first-ever organic farmer training initiative: the Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship and Mentorship Program. This new 'farm-school'-the first of it's kind, Canada-wide!-offers curriculum guided, farm-based apprenticeships for aspiring organic farmers; farmer-to-farmer mentorship for newly established organic farmers; and an on-going series of events and training opportunities to gather new farmers and share information. As current funding for this pilot program will expire in December 2013, ACORN is encouraging donations to support the future of this important educational and community-building opportunity for Maritime-based farmers, including an upcoming fundraiser dinner on September 29th at the Wooden Monkey. For full details, please visit www.growafarmer.ca.
For some of you, look for donation jars at pick-up locations: Hawthorn, The Grainery, Edgewood/Oxford, TapRoot farm stand, Bloom, Emma's, Prospect Road Community Centre, and Fall River. If you'd like to contribute to this important cause, simply contact the ACORN office, toll-free at 1-866-322-2676 to process payment or issue a cheque. Every little bit counts!
This is Christopher Ira reporting on Project Mush-Mush. I've been lying low lately as I had issues with my rye grain spawn. I did establish a little colony of cardboard spawn and in the process of gathering materials to command an onslaught of bulk spawn making. I had great success with the first experiment. I had approximately 18lbs of straw and got about 5 lbs of mushrooms which didn't even include my first flush which was a write off due to the lack of light and poor formation of mushroom caps (lack of light will do that). So that's over 100% biological efficiency which is right in the middle of where I should be a far as yield goes. I'm curious how the cardboard spawn will work out.
I have worked at TapRoot Farms for 3-1/2 years. I do chores which consists of feeding and watering the animals and maintaining their enclosures. I do a twice daily check. The pigs have to have a steady zap in their fences or they could leave and trample crops, eat crops, or be a hazard on the road: this means that I have to whippersnip around the fences to make sure that the grasses don't lessen the zap. I have to check batteries and walk the wires to look for hinderances. Pigs like to dig in the dirt with their snouts and at times push dirt over the wire. I observe the livestock to make certain that the animals are happy and healthy and all accounted for.
I have seeded a lot of trays this year and I enjoy seeing the seedlings grow. This has been a great year and I have really enjoyed working with the TapRoot Team.