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Sungold sprouts and other signs of spring...

Posted 3/26/2019

Welcome to spring! We are a few days into the 12 hours of daylight and counting....yesterday the first seedlings emerged in the greenhouse, and we are pretty excited to see that promise of summer abundance. Sungold tomatoes are a clear favourite in our household and on our market tables. Here they are, bursting forth, without even a true leaf yet to show. 
Sungold and cherry tomato seedlingsSungold and cherry tomato seedlings

 

 

These seedlings will need several more weeks in their open flats, and with a few sets of those true leaves on good and strong, we'll carefully move them into individual seedling trays, where their roots will have more space and time to establish. Depending on the spring weather patterns, these little ones will receive daily or twice daily attention in the seedling greenhouse for the first 6-8 weeks of their life cycle. We'll look to balance that right amount of moisture and heat and light and nutrients, before the next steps, which are transplanting the mature seedlings in the high tunnels, or in the prepared field beds. Delayed gratification for sure--once we've transplanted these Sungold beauties, we'll be nurturing them in the ground for almost 60 more days until first harvest.

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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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