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When you’re a farmer, you hear a lot about Yield. High-yielding varieties, “buy this product to increase your yield,” Yields of organic vs conventional, “we need to feed the world.” I’ll start this off by saying that I run a diversified small-scale organic farm that provides Bryan and I with 100% of our household income. Yields matter in our ability to do that. However not all of our crops yield well every year. We ensure our ability to pay all our bills, make our mortgage payments, keep our cash flow-ing during the winter months when we’re not selling anything, and […]

High Yields for Humans and and Biodiversity on ...

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Buying local, ecologically-grown food is a no-brainer. There are so many benefits, both for families as well as for our local community, economy, and ecology. Voting with our dollars and choosing food grown by a farmer we know and whose values and practices we respect is one of the biggest social, ecological, and economic changes we can make to boost our (largely-rural) Atlantic provinces. I know firsthand, I’m a first-generation farmer who could never have dreamed of settling and making my livelihood here in Atlantic Canada without the support of eaters. Eaters who choose to eat the fresh, local organic […]

Why Local Cut Flowers?

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Last fall, when we were going through our farm purchase, we needed somewhere to plant our garlic. Cindy and David from Pleasant Hill Farm (in Pleasant River, Queen’s County, NS) were generous enough to let us plant a bed at their farm. They prepped the bed with their spader, applied compost and gave us hay to mulch with after we had planted the garlic bulbs. They also scaped the garlic (took off the scapes aka flower stalks) when it was time. Super generous! They were fellow vendors with us last year when we attended the Lunenburg and Hubbards farmers’ markets […]

Our Garlic Harvest at Pleasant Hill Farm

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On Monday, July 16th, we hosted a Biodiversity Workshop and Potluck. We had a great turnout, met some great folks, ate some great food, and learned lots about biodiversity! Reg Newell, from the Department of Natural Resources walked the whole farm property with us, sharing insights on the different habitats and species around us. Reg’s job is an amazing Nova Scotian resource for any farmer, forester, or land owner in general. He spends a lot of time walking the property, taking pictures and jotting down notes. He then goes back to his office and creates a personalized Biodiversity Plan Booklet […]

Biodiversity Workshop Recap

On Monday, July 16th (rain date July 17th), between 10 am and 3 pm, we’ll be hosting a Biodiversity Workshop and potluck at the farm! Biodiversity is something that is super important to us and we want to make sure we can maintain and enhance it on our farm. But we need to know other beings live on the farm along with us, why they like living there, and how we can make sure we don’t ruin that. Also, what can we do to attract other species that might like to live on the farm as well. So, we’re hosting […]

The Birds and the Bees: The Benefits of ...