Week 3: Treasures

IMG_9278In the pack this week we expect to have similar vegetables to the last two weeks.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to meet the newest member of our farm team: Sidonie Greenberg!

Last weekend, Bernard invited interns and workers from other farms to help out with a project at Abundant Acres.  They helped to build a large hoop house.  It is a new design David is trying out.IMG_9223

IMG_9224It took shape very quickly.  We added it to the gothic-shaped house that did so well through last winter.IMG_9227

 

Photo: Bernard Soubry

Photo: Bernard Soubry

IMG_9312Another 100 ft of hoop-house for a total of 200 ft .  The plan is to fill the new extension with melons.  Thanks to all who helped out!  We had a terrific meal after the hoop house was finished.

Thanks to Bernard, Robin, and Alice for all their organizational efforts.

Thanks to Bernard, Robin, and Alice for all their organizational efforts.

David and I were finding treasures this week.  It seems that Bernard is gifted in democratic organization.  He likes to include everyone in every job and takes great pains to ensure there is a clear way to make that work.  He has also taken Sidonie under his wing and is teaching her the art of cooking for a crew in half an hour or less.  That’s going to be a great skill for Sidonie.  Alice and Bernard spent several mosquito-infested evenings setting up the pasture fences.  That was showing a lot of tenacity!  The cows were very grateful.

Alice with fencing

Alice moving fencing

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Final touches

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The cows are encouraging Bernard

Pasture happiness!

Pasture happiness!

The laying hens also got a huge new area of pasture this week thanks to Victoria patiently untangling and setting up the electronets.  But, it turns out that Victoria is a knitter and she’s used to spending hours untangling yarns.

Pasture happiness, laying hen style

Pasture happiness, laying hen style

In addition to his carpentry skills, Kevin also has experience with body repair on vehicles.  He is helping David renovate the Sprinter van so that it can be a super-cool delivery van.  He’s also working on the rust.  What a blessing!

Alice has made a couple of colourful little figures with Victoria’s art supplies.  It is so nice to know in addition to all the work, there is some play going on.

Somebody likes the tractor.  This one was  found next to the chalk board in the wash shed

Somebody likes the tractor. This one was found next to the chalk board in the wash shed

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This one was found next to the blackboard in the intern house

I sure hope I find more surprises in the coming weeks.

Here are some more photos from the week on the farm:

Sweet turnips

Sweet turnips

Peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant in a hoop house with white plastic mulch

Peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant in a hoop house with white plastic mulch

Alice at Victoria Park

Alice at Victoria Park

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David has been having trouble with Gertie recently. Good thing there is a capable mechanic up the road!  We’re crossing our fingers.

Squash under row cover.  On Saturday the little zucchinis were 1.5 inches long

Squash under row cover. On Saturday the little zucchinis were 1.5 inches long

Hmm... radish or sweet turnip?

Hmm… mint or garlic greens?

 

The newest member of our farm team: Sidonie Greenberg!

The newest member of our farm team: Sidonie Greenberg!

I asked Sidonie to write her own introduction to everyone.

Hey. I’m Sidonie Greenberg, David and Jen’s niece. I am 17 and visiting for a month from Chicago. I have always wanted to visit the farm and this summer I had ample time and determination to make it happen. I have spent the last few years testing out different jobs including acting, set building, book sorting, nannying, and being a full time Conservatory Art student. I thought the next logical employment move was farming in another country. After this I have one more year of school before entering the real world, so I am hoping to pick up some adult habits and skills here on the farm. I am very excited for my rural adventure and hope to be of some use to Uncle David.