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As the snow flies...

Posted 2/22/2019

Winter is here, or still here. We are two weeks under snow cover here at the farm, with another 'snowfall warning' issued this morning by Environment Canada for our east side of Vancouver Island. The cows are keeping warm under their shed by night, but at this point, I am hearing some moos that might be a little more than wondering about where their green grass has gone.Cows in February snowCows in February snow

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December Solstice

Posted 12/17/2018

This week we will be celebrating the winter solstice here on the farm. This morning, the light from the east and tiny swath of blue were enough to remind me of that celebration. Heart-felt thanks to all friends and family of Green Fire Farm out there. Your support and encouragement bring light to the long days of summer, and to the long nights of winter!December 2018 solstice week--morning skyDecember 2018 solstice week--morning sky

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Moo-vember / cows catching some rays today!

Posted 11/18/2018

Here's our small herd of Angus cows enjoying the November sunlight--and remaining green grass!

Though we had a pretty hard frost overnight, the general weather pattern this fall has been mild and easy-to-manage. Carrots, kale, and other seasonal produce are all still looking good and tasting great. No doubt the next few weeks will be our last 2018 harvests, and we will shift to enjoying storage crops and fresh-frozen pork into the new year. Get in touch with us if you would like to celebrate the upcoming festive season with Green Fire Farm produce or pork. Grass fed beef will be added to the menu in fall 2019...

 

Moo-vember/Cows catching raysMoo-vember/Cows catching rays

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Already equinox?

Posted 9/21/2018

The peak summer harvest season this year will be remembered as an extreme one in terms of hot, dry growing conditions. Great for those memorable melons, Sungold tomatoes, of heat-loving crops generally; definitely challenging in terms of irrigation management and maintaining a safe water level in our dug-out pond.

Just after hosting a Cowichan Ag Society Farm tour in early September, the rain began falling, and falling...That means having a good cover crop to protect the soil for the months of heavy precipitation to come are a top priority.

fava beans under seeded with rye and cloverfava beans under seeded with rye and clover

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Holy heat wave--June-bearing strawberries ripening in May!

Posted 5/31/2018

OK, so it is May 31, but who can resist the excitement  over the first strawberry harvest of the year??!

We are loading these pints for the Esquimalt Market this afternoon. Hope to see you there!Strawberry goodness harvested May 31Strawberry goodness harvested May 31

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