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I have moved! I am now working on a small, organic, cooperatively managed farm in Portugal Cove NL. Check out Seed to Spoon, for more info.

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Breakdown of the eureka moment

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/12/fail_accept_defeat/all/1

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potager garden

I had the pleasure of attending a Highland Garden Club meeting and a talk by Margie Beck on potager gardening. These are ornamental and edible kitchen gardens, with a little bit of everything. The name comes from the French word for soup, “potage”. I really liked the way she tied local food to soup du jour — you take the empty bowl to the garden. Often people shop at grocery stores and markets with a specific list of ingredients, not seeing what is actually on the table and in season. Of course, the proof is in the biscuits – there was carrot soup, dill biscuits, & amazing jams and jellies to share.

I’m really excited to get going for spring, but we’re in for at least six more weeks of winter says Shubenacadie Sam. I’ve worked out a field plan and made up a brochure for the CSA. The brochure is online – just if you click “CSA” at the top of the page, or here for the .pdf file. The basement is really shining as a cellar, eating potatoes, turnips, squash, and onions from the farm. I keep forgetting about the forlorn beets in the back of the fridge.. maybe borscht tonight.

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Winter Stirrings

Despite the layer of fluffy snow outside, I’m madly concocting springs vegetable plans. A few potential CSA members are in the works, and the New Glasgow farmers market just had it’s AGM. I’m the newly minted “marketing coordinator” so here’s a toast to a year of PSAs, newspaper deadlines and postering in Pictou County!

Otherwise, I’m just working my day job – and in my spare moments getting the CSA brochure finished, and a field plan and budget in place. I’ve been talking with Hilary (AKA master) a lot lately, which is lovely – I’m definitely soaking up her skills and wisdom like never before. Her CSA, Teamwork CSA where I apprenticed, has a new home this year at Maple Lane Farm – cheers to that as well!

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snow covered tools

The first snowfall caught me with my pitchfork out.. I haven’t gotten everything tucked away for the winter yet.

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Biking to the farm

Sometime in July, the farm van totally broke down. It was pretty disheartening, but in the meantime I was able to borrow vehicles from very kind and understanding friends. However, it meant more commuting to Halifax (a 1 and a half hour drive each way) when really I just need a vehicle to get to the market every saturday, so…

Enter the bike cart!bikecart

It was given to me by and landscaping client and I am so grateful. This weekend was it’s successful debut. I got equal parts strange looks and encouragement from onlookers. Maybe it’s not feasible for next year, and biking in the rain isn’t pleasant but for now it’s not too much stain and I feel good about cutting down on the driving.

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Another sunshiny day in Pictou county. Hurricane Bill didn’t add up to much, but if I hadn’t taken the time to tidy up plastic pots and secure a few tomato stakes it may have been a different story. So after all the hype, the farm got just enough rain that I didn’t have to water.. it wouldn’t hurt to have a little more, actually.

Must go prepare lunch — we’re having cucumber salad for every meal!

From The Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen

Ingredients:

* 4 medium (7-inch ) cucumbers
* 3/4 cup sour cream
* 3/4 cup yogurt
* 2 small cloves crushed garlic
* 4 fresh mint leaves, minced
* 1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion
* 1/4 cup very finely chopped parsley
* 1/4 cup minced scallion greens
* 1-2 tsp honey (optional)
* 1 tsp salt
* lots of black pepper
* 1 Tbs freshly-chopped dill (1 tsp dried)
* 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Directions:

Peel and slice the cucumbers. Combine all ingredients except walnuts. Chill thoroughly and serve on a bed of fresh, crisp greens with walnuts on top.

Garnish lavishly with: Hard-cooked egg slices, Tomato wedges, Chopped black olives, or Carrot slices

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