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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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Mixing it up with Young Agrarians this weekend...

Posted 2/8/2018

Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Winter MixerYoung Agrarians Vancouver Island Winter MixerCome see why YA is so good at mixing business and pleasure....this year's Vancouver Island Winter Mixer promises another round of awesome resources and resourceful people, swapping stories and building skills in business, crop planning, soil health care and more! See you there.

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In the news with the Cowichan Watershed Board...

Posted 1/23/2018

Our neighbour, Nora Arajs, is one of those local heroes who communicates well and focuses her energy and skills on high priority, community engagement projects. Currently, she is with the Cowichan Watershed Board publishing outreach on 'Capture the rain' activities taking place in our valley. Her profile of our efforts here at the farm was featured recently in the Cowichan Citizen: https://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/community/capture-the-rain-part-1-cowichans-greenfire-farm-picks-pond/

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