It's incredible to think that it's already been three weeks since Emily started! She is settling in nicely, helped us with the farm purge weekend, and has furthered Avé's baking and painting pursuits. It's been great having Emily here -- being from Vernon, she is already familiar with quite a few people in our social world and was even a CSA member of the farm where Tristan's sister is at; such a small world! Her grounded and easy-going nature means she is able to roll with what farming (and the weather) has to offer, not always a linear process.
Not only did she form almost 2,000 soil blocks for our early corn transplants, she has pruned and tied the raspberry patch, dug up the over-wintered parsnips, took the plastic off the greenhouse, finished dismantling our tomato zone, started weeding the new strawberry patch and garlic, designed our summer CSA poster, and is working on new egg signs for market. Amazing contributions so far.
In addition to her work on the farm, she is finishing off her Industrial Design program at Emily Carr (including a soil biology practicum here) and heading out to rock climbing spots with her partner, Duncan, any chance she can.
It feels great to be getting things going on the farm this season, although it has been a slow start due to the long, cold winter that we had. The low temperatures and wet weather has delayed moving our greenhouse to a new location. We've actually decided to split it back into two separate cold tunnels and we'll rotate our laying hens through them in the winter months.
We welcomed two heifers onto the farm on April 7. They perk up when we call to them, "cowwweeeee!", and appreciate the apples and carrots we bring to them. We're looking forward to start rotational grazing with them -- as soon as the pasture is ready!
That same weekend, we undertook a huge farm cleanup with the help of 10 people. It was incredible to see equipment moved to where it needed to be, freezers moved to a space that is more energy efficient for them, and a large trailer load of items taken to the dump.
A friend also took a camper off the farm to salvage the fridge and heater for his van. After some pondering, though, he has decided to refinish the camper for his family to use. We're so happy it's found a new home.
With a bit of a break from the rain, we're weeding the garlic before mulching and hopefully we can get seeding in the field soon!
Photo credit: Martín Bustamante