Week 20: Certified Organic

Eggplant with heart

Eggplant with heart

This week in the pack we expect to have salad mix; squash; onions; turnip, parsnip, or fennel; garlic; hot pepper; beets; and low spray fruit from Fair Acre Farm.

This week on the farm we got word that produce grown on our farm is now officially certified organic with Eco-Cert!  What a long process that was.  The delay had nothing to do with our farming procedures.  It had to do with using compost from Valley Mushrooms which had to update their testing paperwork.  We want to make sure people know that while all the produce grown on the farm is certified organic, the livestock products are not.  Our hens are not fed certified organic grain feed.  They are on a pasture system where they have access to bugs and slugs and new fresh pasture grasses and clover every day.

We said a sad farewell to Cassie, the HelpXer from Edmonton.  Wow, she was great!  It really helped that she had farm experience.

This is our last week of produce packs!  Thanks to everyone who joined the Abundant Acres family this year.  We are very grateful to you and would like to do a better job next year as continue to learn about this farm business.  Please take a moment to fill out the ACORN questionnaire about our business by clicking on the following link.  In a month or so we will get anonymous results returned to us along with our farm’s results compared with other CSAs in the region.  If you don’t want to fill our their survey, you are welcome to give us feedback in person at the pick ups, or send me an email.  We’ve already gotten some very helpful and constructive feedback this way.  Please know that we appreciate it.

I will continue with the blog for a couple of weeks after this one, and then do a couple of posts over the winter.  I won’t send out a notice though.  Anyone who wants to follow our farm news can like our Facebook page, or press the follow button on our website, which sends out email notices every time I make a blog post.

Here are some photos from last week on the farm.

Kids in the apple bin

Kids in the apple bin

Muddy cow knees

Muddy cow knees

Crimson clover taking over in the fox field

Crimson clover taking over in the fox field

Parsnips hanging out together at Victoria Park

Parsnips hanging out together at Victoria Park

Lori, harvesting turnip under a dramatic sky

Lori, harvesting turnip under a dramatic sky

George and David cracking garlic heads into cloves for planting

David and George cracking garlic heads into cloves for planting while solving world problems

Marshall and Lori carrying most of the harvest

Marshall and Lori carrying most of the harvest.  Marshall’s got his finger wrapped with tuck tape.  A technique he learned while tree-planting.

And the cycle continues... planting the new crop of garlic

And the cycle continues… planting the new crop of garlic

 

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