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Summer Progress

Summer Progress

Well to say it was a busy summer would be an understatement at best. Between trying to pull 60-70hr weeks at work (oh the glorious film world), I also came home on my time off and tended to the farm and garden. I wouldn‚Äôt be lying if I said I wished I chose the later for a regular day to day, but the bills needed to be paid and animals needed to be fed ūüėČ The 2-5 year plan is to move full time onto the farm and get a good start happening on the farmstead, growing local organic food for the Squamish community, hosting guests here on the farm in our tiny home B&B, raising free range happy chickens and pigs, and having a couple more horses join our herd. Our mission is to bring the people, the animals, and our food back to their roots, quite literally. Where the animals are free to roam as they so should, food is grown as much to its natural environment as possible and for us to come back to our relationship with the water we use, the food we eat, the power we pull and where our waste goes. Having more of a true relationship in whole, where everyone can come and be a part of it all, and so be immersed in this gorgeous place we call home. We look forward to sharing this dream with those near and far and hope you‚Äôll join us in the not too distant future. In the meantime here‚Äôs some photos of this summer, the animals, gardens, and the tiny home well on...
New Growth..

New Growth..

The gardens are raging in all their glory now, beautiful buds, so much green and even the oh so edible bits! We’ve had the driest, warmest spring the coast has seen in years, and yet a part of me really can’t complain. Feels like the interior these days, however this land¬†and all its greenery are really needing the rains back, no matter how¬†much I curse those rains during¬†the winter months. ¬† Well I’m not going to lie, even though the gardens looking great I’ve never experienced such a bombardment of slugs in all the years I’ve gardened, feeling like survival of the fittest around here. Had to put a barrier up around the raised beds, go out at dusk/periodically throughout the night to find all the slimy critters and get rid of the infestation. So far between the two we’ve managed¬†to bring the numbers down, not without loosing a few starts. Alas such is the farm...
Moving right along..

Moving right along..

When farmers say spring is one of the busiest times of year for them they sure aren’t lying. We’ve barely had a minute to rest, but I believe its all in good fun! This past week we finally finished the chicken coop string to keep the predator birds out, and now the little ones can go enjoy the fresh air and warm sunshine on their backs.. ¬† I managed to plant some wildflowers, sunflowers and tulips around the studio and coop, looking forward to those beauties pooping up. We finally got the right hardware for the remaining gate¬†and installed it, woo hoo! And we had at the garden this week and got the zucchini mounds done and the potato beds in and planted     Johan even got the compost covered and looking good! And the veggie babies are starting to spring and grow strong! Last, but not least we got our delivery of hay! Things are starting to look sharp around here.. A couple last things to finish over the coming weeks before things settle down. How about that...
Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

Well it’s been a hot minute since I last updated our website and blog, and to say its been busy would be an understatement. We’ve been up to so much on the farmstead we’ve barely had a minute to sit back and take it all in, although we’re definitely learning to. In January we said our farewell to a friends horse who joined us in the beginning of our journey at Elaho, and welcomed a new lovely face who Johan’s come to rename Annabel. What a gem of a horse she is, looking forward to getting to know her more over the years, such a sweet soul with this one <3 Since February we’ve been getting up to oh so many things. The boys and I built a second horse shelter in record time, 2 days to be exact, and we decided to go with 3 bays this time! Check it out! Johan built his sauna house, which has turned into being the tool shed for the time being. An orange door to suit his favourite colour. We fixed up the old shed and turned it into a chicken coop. We even built 2 new garden beds, brought in fill and planted them. A coworker started way to many tomato seeds and I was blessed with these beauties. And we brought the blueberry bushes back to life. And somehow we even managed to get the round pen built and running, new boards up in the horse field and find sometime to sit back and take in the beauty that is ;...
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...