The Transitions of Fall

The Transitions of Fall

October 13, 2018 Uncategorised 0

By Gracelynn Lau

October has been the month of harvesting, celebrating, bedding down for the winter, transition and saying good-bye! Like the changes of the weather, the colour and shape of our garden have also been changing fast. Over two weeks our fall crops are booming in abundance: kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard and 4 varieties of kales are taking over the upper garden; Meanwhile, we are wrapping up the last harvest of the heirlooms tomatoes in the greenhouses. Winter squashes and giant pumpkins of various kinds are popping up from the middle garden beds. The farm team has been inviting to a number of community gleaning projects from our friends and neighbors, bringing back over 3 hundred pounds of apples, pears, plums and grapes in the Zero Mile Eatery. When it’s sunny, our team would be bedding down the garden; when it’s rainy we kept our hands busy juicing, canning, drying fruits, making cider and vinegar.

 

In the last two weeks of September, OUR farm became the extended classroom for two groups of students from Saint Michael University School. During 5 days of residential outdoor learning, the students along with our garden facilitators and amazing international volunteers have created 3 new beds in the lower garden using the rich soil from the barn paddock, which will be our new garlic beds. Here’s the picture of the new beds overlooking from the middle garden:   As we celebrated the abundance with OUR extended community at the Harvest Feastival over the Thanksgiving weekend, we also said goodbye to Coco, Anthony, Sarah and Jared. Coco stayed with us for 2.5 months; She’s been a core farm team member, taking care of the barn and all the animals. Anthony is one of the Ecovillage Design Education program’s participants in May; He stayed on afterwards for 5 months as an assistant in our natural building program and also took on milking Violet the cow! Jared, our garden coordinator of the season, has been a great gift to OUR garden. He came on as an intern, along with his wife Sarah who is also OUR intern in the hospitality team, since April; After serving as a teacher assistant for the PDC in May, Jared took on the role to coordinate the garden and greenhouses for 5 months. Jared and Sarah are now visiting a few other permaculture farms and communities on their way back to the United State, hoping to land in one for January to welcome their new born baby. We are so grateful for this amazing farm team! Sending all our blessing to their new journey!