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Homework

Homework

Ahh! Books and wintertime! Cozy fires, hot tea and a comfy sofa. Time to sit back, relax and do some homework ; ) I’ve been thinking about our year to come and the many more after, and if theres one thing I enjoy greatly about gardening and growing food it’s the constant learning and evolving that comes from it, yet it seems to be with this learning each year its a new thing I’m challenged with and this year it was composting, so off I went to the library to get my hands on some good composting books. Found myself perusing through the aisles and picking up more and more books, after some juggling I narrowed it down to “The organic book of compost” by Pauline Pears, “Gaia’s Garden” by Toby Hemengway and “Vegetable gardening in the pacific northwest” by Lorene Forkner. Somethings I find crucial for myself when picking out a good book is simplicity, lots of photos and diagrams, and of course a good flow. All three of these books have those qualities. Here’s a little sneak peak into the books: “The organic book of compost”   “Gaia’s Garden”   “Vegetable Gardening in the pacific northwest”   *Stay tuned for my thoughts on these...
Blue Horse Ranch

Blue Horse Ranch

While visiting the family farm over the holidays in 100 Mile House, I was eager to go visit a good family friend and mentor Thea Fast of Human be Herd (www.humanbeherd.com). Thea and her family reside in Beaver Valley, BC about a 2 hour drive north east of my grandparents farm in Forest Grove BC. Johan, still being new to my family, hadn’t ever been further north than 108 Mile and I was excited to introduce him to an area of the cariboo that is very fond to me. We took our time and navigated the snowy roads with ease and excitement for the views around the bends. Enjoying the fun sights of the snow covered fields with frosty cows up to their knees in hay piles and round bales. I have to say there’s something special about watching those old farmsteads age over the years, so much history and many stories to be told. Thea lives on a beautiful 40 acre ranch nestled in the valley on Beaver Lake with her husband Charlie, daughter Hazel, 2 dogs, 1 cat and their herd of horses. Upon arrival we were greeted with smiles, giggles and a hot bowl of Thea’s homemade soup. We enjoyed our soup over good convo and catch ups, and settled into into a game of Settlers of Catan. Upon awaking the next day we were greeted with those big cariboo skies and the sun shinning down across the fields, what a perfect way to start our day. We sat down to a nice hearty breakfast, some hot tea and soon got to talking about the horse work Thea does with her herd, which I’ve had the pleasure...