Week 18: Strong farm women

Normally buckwheat seeds are black, but these ones are red.  I think I'll save the seed.

Normally buckwheat seeds are black, but these ones are red! I think I’ll save the seed.

This week in the pack we expect to have carrots; peppers; eggplants; hot peppers; garlic; kale; lettuce; a selection of herbs; bok choi; potatoes; arugula/mustards; apples.

How about another Open Farm Day?  Everyone is invited on October 11 from 2pm onward.  It is also David’s birthday!

This week on the farm was very invigorating.  Marshall came back from Quebec on Thursday tired, but full of ideas and stoked for farming.  Laura Lipniki from Laserena Farm in PEI helped us for a couple of days, hoping to learn a few tips.  I really appreciated having a strong farm woman by my side.  She is originally from Columbia and had many inspiring stories.  She encouraged me to take care of myself because I was quite sick.  To be honest, she bossed me around and took excellent care of me .

Laura Lipniki from PEI

Laura Lipniki from PEI

Marshall bunching greens

Marshall bunching greens.  He’s back!

We are still praying for rain.  The rye cover crop came up despite no rain (thank you thank you!!).

Rye cover crop coming up

Rye cover crop coming up

Back to the subject of strong farm women, I want to appreciate Lori, Hilary, and Nadege.  Lori is such a dependable and fast worker.  Practical, spunky, and sweet.  Hilary is Marshall’s girlfriend, and is always willing to pitch in, helping out with whatever is going on.  She and Marshall are going off on a bike tour in October and want to return here to Abundant Acres for another season in preparation for their own farm dreams.  Yay! Nadege is settling nicely into farm life.  She has made the bulk of the meals since she moved in.  This is huge, because there are a lot of people to feed and they are HUNGRY! She is strong in her faith and is determined to help her new husband in any way she can.  She took over when Laura left, making teas and hot drinks and encouraging me to drink them so I would get better fast.

Nadege and Bruce harvesting

Nadege and Bruce harvesting

Hilary getting ready for her bike tour

Hilary getting ready for her bike tour

Here are some more photos from this past week:

We have such a great farm crew that David has found some time to work on re-staining the house

We have such a great farm crew that David has found some time to work on re-staining the house

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Maggy the farm cat visits on my way to feed the hens

Maggy the farm cat visits on my way to feed the hens

Did someone decorate Flubber, the farm minivan?  The red pepper kind of looks like a nose...

Did someone decorate Flubber, the farm minivan? The red pepper kind of looks like a nose…

Y-rouge continues to patiently feed two calves

Y-rouge continues to patiently feed two calves

Look out for parsnip power

Look out for parsnip power

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See you all soon,

Jen, David, Bruce, Marshall, Benjamin, Lori, and Nadege

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