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My "aunt-around-the-corner" is what my Oma called her; Avon is my uncle's ex-wife's sister, and she's incredibly supportive and generous - a "connector". After we first moved back to Ontario in 2015, Avon connected me with her naturopath Tracey Beaulne:…

Love your microbiome – and the soil’s too!

  • December 12, 2017

The season isn't quite finished, but it feels like it. The freezers aren't quite empty but chores are down to a minimum and snow is coming. To add, our hearts and minds are full after a week away at the…

Farm Note December 2017

  • December 9, 2017

We are in winter prep mode... Drake built a new hay feeder to minimize hay waste and give the cows and calves equal access to hay (Buttercup can be a bully with her horns). This was accompanied by tweaks to…

Farm Note November 2017

  • November 8, 2017

The last fresh chicken day is upon us. The pastures will feel empty without the birds but it is now time to throw down seed for cover crops and pasture diversity and let soil microbes continue to do their thing decomposing…

Farm Note October 2017

  • October 15, 2017

CLASSIC CHICKEN STOCK Modified from Sally Fallon Morell of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions. While optional, it encourages the use of pasture-raised chicken feet and gizzard! Ingredients 1 whole pasture-raised chicken carcass / bones from a cooked chicken (roast the…

Recipe: Classic Chicken Stock

  • September 20, 2017

To conclude the predator saga and add to the rave party atmosphere in the Heritage line chicken paddock, we had good luck with a "scare owl" that Drake and Nira made, fit with CDs spinning down from its arms and…

Farm Note September 2017-2

  • September 19, 2017

Autumn is just around the corner, meaning it's bone broth and chicken stock season! And the nourishment is needed because September is a difficult month: cumulative exhaustion from the spring and summer + ever-diminishing daylight hours = less sunlight to fuel…

Farm Note September 2017-1

  • September 6, 2017

We are at peak production right now: hundreds of chickens and ducks are growing on pasture, pigs are wallowing in the shade of the woods, and cattle are doing their thing despite slower growing mid-summer pastures. Sarah is busy putting up…

Farm Note August 2017

  • August 3, 2017

From the Restful Darkness of Winter... The winter months treated us well, with cherished time to re-connect with family and friends, some reading and yoga (though never enough), minimal chores, conferences and workshops with fellow ecological farmers, lots of bundled-up outdoor…

Farm Note April 2017

  • April 20, 2017
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