Only so much fun

“I’m off for the day,” Sean announces on his way out. With his wry sense of humour, he concludes that “There’s only so much fun a fella can handle at once.” Sean has his own farm down the road, and he comes to work at our farm when he is inclined, on a contract basis. The thing is, he has so much experience and so many skills, we are thrilled every time he shows up. He rescues us from a regular onslaught of electrical, plumbing, heating, and other technical issues. Today he helped David with an unpleasant plumbing issue.

On Saturday we met some of our amazing farm share members at the Open Farm Day. We ate food, toured around the farm, sampled everything, and shared our food cultures and backgrounds. It was a great opportunity for us to get to know each other, and for them to get to know the farm. Luckily, it was a warm day, and it didn’t rain!

This year we planned to move 2 of the 6 field tunnels. David said the move could be delayed, but Kara was fiercely determined to do it. She led the charge, and everyone got to take part. First the tunnel has to be dismantled and all rebar pulled out. Then it has to be rebuilt over a crop that is already growing. New rebar is pounded in (again, Kara is a big fan of rebar pounding), plastic plates, are laid over them, then metal plates with clips, then the tunnel ribs, or hoops are put on top. We also use wooden braces on the ends that are attached with rebar. The plastic is next, and once it is on, the tunnel is ‘laced’ on with binder twine using the Jamaican hoop, which is another story.

Flatbread with hummus, baba ganoush, roasted vegetables, green herb sauce, and red peppers. A great pre farm-tour snack
Of course on the farm tour we have to sample everything along the way
Karina and Eli broadforking before adding amendments and seeding winter crops
Kara and Sarah adding compost in the big greenhouse we call ‘Simone’.
The hot peppers grew so well this year. These are habaneros. Time to make fermented hot sauce!
Field ‘P2’ before planting cover crop. Sept 11
Field ‘P2’ after cover crop is up. Oct 17
Karina, Andrew, and Olivia putting up field tunnel ribs
And they’re up!
Here’s a close up of the base plate and clip for attaching twine. This prevents the rib from sinking into the ground in wet weather, causing inadvertent loosening of the twine that holds the plastic on
The inside ends are braced with lumber and more rebar (of course with tennis balls on top for safety)
The plastic went on when the morning was still. Next step, wiggle wire the ends, and lace it up with pink binder twine. Sarah is holding the Jamaica hoop, named in honour of Dwane and Winston who taught us how the hoop is used to pass the twine between two people on each side. It saves so much time!
We have so many Brussels sprouts at this time of year
Benjamin harvesting rainbow chard, with a nice crop of celery in the background

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