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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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Hail Spring!

Posted 3/23/2018

Yesterday late afternoon, I was reminded how quickly conditions can change this time of year...beautiful blue skies gave way to a line of clouds and a quick, white-out of a hailstorm. Seemed like rain showers at first, but as I was washing off the potting mix from my hands, the sounds on the windows and roof made it clear that what was falling was not water. We've been enjoying the 12 hours of daylight since the Equinox this week--'we' in this case meaning, I have made myself spokesperson for the chickens, piglets, horses, and emerging seedlings. It is possible my own excitement is layered on top of theirs, but all of us have some kind of greater freedom of movement, a push away from the hunkered down of winter. Despite that icy hail and drop in temperatures, we are moving on in all sorts of springy directions here on the farm. Soon more piglets, our first small herd of cattle, many more seedlings and growing plants, rhubarb, strawberries, and then some!Spring hail storm at Green Fire FarmSpring hail storm at Green Fire Farm

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