May 2014 Farm Report
The farm is really coming to life now, with lots of interesting surprises popping up, from the carpet of arugula and red russian kale thats volunteering in one bed in Greenhouse 2 (now those are nice weeds to have!) to the rhubarb and the little patches of miners lettuce all over the place.
Spring prep and planting have been progressing with the help of Ariel, visiting students & volunteers and the first wave of homesteader trainees, Ashley, Faye, Simon and Chris.
We have about 400 tomato plants started peas and broadbeans well on their way, lots of greens, bush beans (under cover), beets, & parsnip planted. We recently started our first first batch of cucumber, squash and pepper seedlings. Overwintered garlic, brocolli, kale, turnips, parsnips, sorrel and chives are coming nicely or being harvested.
Ian Avery of Victory Gardens in Victoria has been getting some of our large stock of berries and fruit trees in place.
Of course there’s still loads of work to do and infrastructure projects I’d love to get my hands into. Maybe we’ll design and implement one or two during the upcoming Permaculture Design Course.
One exciting new project at OUR is OUR CSA, or Community Shared Agriculture program. This is a model of farming where people pay up front to receive a weekly box of produce, in our case for 20 weeks, from 5 June to 23 Oct. We have two sizes of box to choose from: the veggie box which has vegetables for 2-3 people plus one fruit item, and the livestyle box for 4-5 people. The lifestyle box also has alternating OUR eggs and meat.
We are extending the early bird pricing until May 7. If you live in the south Cowichan or Victoria where we will have a pickup point near downtown, treat yourself and your roomies to the amazing taste of really fresh produce grown with love. All the details are at http://ourecovillage.org/
Come visit and say hi if we haven’t met yet. The farm is coming alive!