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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:

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Celebrating winter solstice - with our mouths full

Posted 12/20/2017

Yesterday early morning we woke to a blanket of wet snow on the farm.

As we celebrate the light of winter, we are thankful and thoughtful leaning in to the long nights.

From all of us here at Green Fire Farm, Happy Winter Solstice and Seasons Greetings to all!
Bentley the pony & his snowy winter breakfastBentley the pony & his snowy winter breakfast

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Winterizing the farm with cover crops

Posted 10/27/2017

Fall cover crops, carrots, beets, pumpkinsFall cover crops, carrots, beets, pumpkinsHere in the Cowichan Valley, the fall weather patterns have been much easier to work with this year as far as getting cover crops in the ground. The vintage seeder you see in the foreground was a big help for getting cover on the larger areas, and our fantastic farm intern did outstanding work manually seeding fall rye and clover between the rows. I left a small patch of sugar pie pumpkins in this field--likely thinking about the possibility of more pie for second Thanksgiving.

Harvesting the fall carrots and beets this October has also been rewarding, with three new places where people can find our produce added in the last few weeks.

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Winterizing tasks on the farm

Posted 10/23/2017

Several farmers market friends and customers these last few weeks have been asking, "what do you do when the markets are over?", so thought I would add a posting that gives a sense of the winterizing activities outside of harvest-wash-pack time....So, here's a really glamorous picture of our irrigation pump on the tailgate of the truck. I've just removed the pump from the pump house as one part *very important* part of winterizing the irrigation system. Winterizing irrigation system Winterizing irrigation system

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