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Summer 2017 on the Farm

 

 

This summers big project is the greenhouse at Edible Forest Farm.  Well underway by mid August we just have windows and doors to frame in and the building will be weather proof by late September. This building will be used to help us become more sustainable by our being able to start all our early vegetables by early April ready for May planting. We will also be able to produce micro-greens for salads as well as having a place to propagate things like our lavender and various tree cuttings.

This summer we shared an alley between the rows for KASSI to grow heritage and heirloom and save seeds from. they have many various plants growing including; tomatoes, squash, leeks, peas,beans and lettuce. They also have some sunflowers and dill growing.

Our beds for the farm saw 30 plus cabbage, pickling cucumbers, squash, peppers, kale, tomatoes and a bumper crop of potatoes. We also grew several hundred head of garlic for sale and our own usage. This year we included hogs into our system and still have a few for sale, we raised them once again on only organic feed, pears and non-sprayed apples to finish them off. Our flock of chickens took a bit of a downward slide this season losing 3 to a meandering hawk and 2 more due to unknown circumstances so our egg count has really slowed down. Next season it will be time for a new flock.

There is still things to do here this season with new trees to plant in the fall, (we are increasing our Asian Pear trees to 10 this Fall) They seem to like the soil here so why argue with nature.

Until later

Bob

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Farm Tour 2017

early stage agroforestry

We will be hosting a tour of the property where we will show the 2 year old 4 acres agro-forestry system, look at the nursery, the mushroom logs, chickens, forest pigs, and natural buildings.

The tour is guided, so be there on time if you do not want to miss explanations.

When: July 15th 2017 at 10 am
Where: 3410 Greenfield Rd, Inverary Ontario
Cost: $10

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Clay Oven Workshop

At Edible Forest Farms, we talk about producing food from agroforestry systems, but once the food is produced we need a way to cook it. Clay ovens are a traditional way to cook pizza, bread and all sorts of other dish that would usually go in an electric or gas oven.

This is a two days workshop that will teach the basics of building a clay oven.

When: July 8th and 9th 2017
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Instructors: Bob Chambers and Michelle Thomas
Location: Kingston (details available upon signup)

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Spring 2017 Pickup

Pickup for all orders will be on Satruday April 29th from 12:30pm until 4:00pm at the farm (3410 Greenfield Road, Inverary).

All plants are bare root and will be packaged in bags with sawdust to keep the roots moist.

If you cannot make it for pickup please contact us via email (info at edibleforestfarms dot ca).

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Mushroom Log Inoculation Workshop

mushroom inoculation workshop

Mushroom log inoculation is a great way to get edible mushrooms out of your agroforestry system and it fits well within forest improvement practices.

While many mushroom species can be inoculated on logs, in this workshop, you will learn the process we use to inoculate logs with shiitake mushroom. We will cover wood selection, log preparation, spawn handling, inoculation, sealing, log storage and management. We will also talk about other mushrooms that can become part of your system. Continue reading Mushroom Log Inoculation Workshop

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Fall 2016 AT Edible Forest Farms

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Well, after an incredibly dry summer, things are looking greener here at Edible Forest Farm. The grass looks healthy, the leaves on the trees are no longer limp. Unfortunately some trees did not make it, it was totally random, 25 year old trees died and 2 year old trees lived I suppose this is nature taking its course as it has for many millennia.

Our fruit trees lost some of their fruit, but some recovered nicely, we have apples and pears and still had some raspberries and hascap earlier on in the season. The raspberries are now making a bit of a comeback and the late producers have a few berries on them.

The nursery stock did not do as well this season as we hoped so our hazel nut trees are very low in numbers although we had a better return on our chestnut trees. We will have a few to sell in the spring, Our Black Locust and Honey locust did very well this year and we have a few apple root stock to graft to with some cuttings from a neighbor. We can see how that goes next season.

Our Potatoes did well although we had to water them to get them to produce any quantity of tubers, our peppers especially the hot varieties did very well and produced large numbers of fruit. Michelle braided many of them to hang and dry. Michelle has also made some great pepper jelly.

The Seed saving gardens did well with a number of tomato and pepper seeds sorted and saved ready to give to the KASSI organization. We are also wintering over a few Kale and Leeks to see how they do next year.

We still have some garlic left for Farmgate sales as well as some eggs. This years Maple syrup has sold out completely.

Have a great winter

Bob Chambers Owner Edible Forest Farms

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Farm tour 2016

early stage agroforestry

We will be hosting a tour of the property where we will show the 1 year old 4 acres agro-forestry system, look at the nursery, the mushroom logs, chickens, and natural buildings.

The tour is guided, so be there on time if you do not want to miss explanations.

When: July 10th 2016 at 10 am
Where: 3410 Greenfield Rd, Inverary Ontario
Cost: Free.

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Volunteering At Edible Forest Farm and Nursery

We are a Permaculture Farm Project welcoming Work-away helpers as singles or a couple to our property. We’re in the process of integrating permaculture design principles and ethics on our property.
We offer a clean room with beds in a clean warm log home. We have lots of trail maintenance for the sugar bush, maple syrup production in the spring, Chickens for eggs, organic gardens with Hugelkulture and Square foot raised beds. We would like our helpers to weed, cultivate, build new structures (Natural Building) cook some meals and trim trees. Depending on the time of year harvesting of crops may be included. We invite Work-away helpers of any age or experience but some with cooking and building skills are appreciated. We are interested in anyone who has any background in architecture especially natural building. But all are welcome. Some of the new projects may include: outdoor shower, outdoor compost toilet, greenhouse, compost-powered water heater and small retreat/cabins in the woods. What to bring

Volunteers please bring plenty of old, warm working clothes. This is Canada expect a variety of weather, Waterproof clothing are invaluable as we work out in all weathers. We don’t have a stock of clothes to lend everyone – there are just too many people, so please make sure you come with everything you need we only make trips to town as necessary. Rubber boots are essential. Working gloves, water bottles and flashlights are useful. Alarm clocks essential if you don’t wake up early. Watches too- as people are often working in different areas. Bring all your own toiletries, sun cream, toothpaste etc.

‘There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothes!’ Come prepared for the worst.

Were looking for you if;

You are, motivated, energetic, people of all ages with experience of this sort of lifestyle or a real desire to learn about it. To get the most from this experience you need to be happy with doing hard physical work outside in all weathers. You need to be adaptable, flexible, focused, curious and enjoy the company of a very mixed group of people. You need to be able to work alone or as part of a team – you will be doing both. It is not possible to do this work if you have a weak back, sprains etc or frequent bouts of illness. We are not a recuperation centre or holiday camp. The willingness to learn about more sustainable living and permaculture and try, is just as important as skill. Age has proven to be no barrier to ability. Because you will be doing many very varied tasks that can be quite complex, we speak both English and French here. Its important to have a good command of one or both of these two languages.

Other things you need to know;

Work-away helpers should have there own health or travel insurance before they come.
We do some fun things as well, Work-away helpers are welcome to attend; Drum circle , full moon potluck dinners and weekend bonfires at the house.
The Historic City of Kingston is centralized between our capital of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. We live 20 minutes North of Kingston and offers a variety of sites to see. There is no public transportation. Rides into town can be arranged. We will pick up at the Kingston VIA rail or bus station.

We do not accept smokers what so ever, “if you SMOKE please DO NOT apply” . Work-away helpers are expected to help with meals daily. Volunteer help is broken up between the morning and the evening, we do not go out in the very hot part of the day.
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We hope to hear from you and welcome you to our small homestead
Please note: To volunteer at our farm you must be a member of Workaway or Wwoof. Canada. Please contact us through our profiles there or through this webpage and we will direct you to the volunteer services.IMG_20140405_143457
Bob and Michelle

 

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Farm Tour

Front Field 2015We will be hosting two tours of the property where we will show the 4 acres agro-forestry system that was established this Spring, look at the nursery, the mushroom logs, the pigs, chickens, and much more.

When: July 26th 2015 at 1 pm and 3 pm
Where: 3410 Greenfield Rd, Inverary Ontario
Cost: Free

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Spring 2015 Pickup

We are pleased to announce that our pickup day will be on May 3rd 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 3410 Greenfield Rd. Inverary, ON K0H 1X0. You will get a chance to see the nursery beds, the newly established 4 acres agroforestry plot, our mushroom logs and more.

Some of our plants are sold out and some are getting low, so if you are thinking about getting some plants at pickup, you might be better pre-ordering them now, in case we are sold out by then.

Check out our selection: edibleforestfarms.ca/trees/