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OUR Farm Report June 2013

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As the weather heats up the plants are bursting into life. As the kale continues flowering, some seed from last year’s are maturing nicely as the josta berries are ripening. Set back only slightly with the damp weather, spring is making its way into summer.

As for new arrivals on the land we are now proudly hosting 3 community farm interns: Lincoln Skogstad, Asivak Mahkesis and Natasha  Popoff. We are also housing 3 bee colonies. 2 topbar hives and one langstroth hive. The install went smooth (except for numerous stings I acquired) with the help of Richard, a local mentor in the Cowichan Valley bee keepers association.

The greenhouse tomatoes are looking healthy as the numerous heritage varieties offer prospect for great food into the late summer. Our 3 sister’s guild (corn beans and squash) has survived a turkey assault and the corn is looking strong in spite of some damage.

This past week we have been engaged in hosting a permaculture design course (PDC), lead by Charles Williams. There has been some great learning opportunities as we took time learning in the classroom as well as out in the field.

As the PDC draws to a close, more hands in the garden will be helpful for finishing all the  squash mounds and getting some of the last tomatoes in the ground. Looking forward into the summer shows many promising opportunites.

Submitted by Ini, OUR Lead Farmer

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