The farm share will be starting next week. Wednesday June 1 will be the first day, although farm shares can be picked up at the Warehouse Market on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (11am to 6pm) or Saturday (9am to 4pm) every week. We’ve been doing our best to get ready. The farm crew has been planning crops, preparing beds, adding compost, growing seedlings, transplanting, and covering them with row cover or netting. The first seeds and transplants have gone in the ground! The crew has also organized and tidied the barn, put new plastic on one of the big greenhouses, and grown all kinds of crops in the field tunnels and greenhouses for harvest and sale at Warehouse Market. We’ve done safety meetings, training, orientation, rose/bud/thorn and bottleneck analysis. We’ve had a few meltdowns, a few fails, some laughs, and many very yummy meals. Four out of nine of us have had COVID. I think the farm team is ready for the challenge of Farm Share ’22.
The farm is evolving, and we’re learning lots! We’re still trying to add another acre to our 6-acre system so we can grow and integrate more cover crops to build soil, and add nitrogen from the atmosphere through nitrogen-fixing crops. We’re going to have 9 people living and working on the farm this summer. It feels like a little wee village! We all have our roles and strengths. We all have our weaknesses. We need each other for support, information, help, advice, rides, experience, and muscle power. A couple of weeks ago we loaned our minivan to Marshall and Hilary next door so they could do flower deliveries, and they brought a load of produce to Warehouse Market for us. I think they were getting their van fixed. I had to go to Windsor and found out our car didn’t work. A neighbour was driving up the driveway and I flagged her down to give me a jump. When that didn’t work, she said I could borrow her van. She had mentioned she was finding high fuel costs challenging, so I put gas in her van. It sure is nice to know you’re not alone when things go awry!