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Busy Spring..

Busy Spring..

Well as I’m sure you’ve all noticed I’ve been quite silent since my last post, I’ve started a couple, but never finished. But now, after one very busy spring, I’m starting to feel like a human being again, Johan and I finally enjoyed our first day ever in quite sometime where we actually took a day off, a day off the farm, a day of socializing with friends and a day of sleeping in, enjoying breakfast together and getting off farm to enjoy the other joys in life, like hiking, horseback riding and enjoying just sitting on our deck and taking in the beauty that is all around us here at Elaho River Farm. It’s so easy to get sucked into project after project on the farm with no end in sight, and if we’ve learned anything this spring it sure was to step back and take a good long look at what works, what doesn’t, and how to better our efficiency and become a well oiled machine, all in turn to better our clients and get comedown time in-between. After attending some spring workshops, reading up on some great farming books and podcasts we’ve seen where we’ve needed to focus our workload and where we need to lean it up. Some all time favourites this year have also been John Suscovich’s work with Farming Market Solutions, Diego’s work with Permaculture Voices and the two rockstar farmers Jean Martain Fortier and Curtis Stone! They have great podcasts, vlogs, and blog posts, perfect for loading up onto your iPad or device and getting out onto the farm, desk or like and...
Winter Fuzzies

Winter Fuzzies

So it’s December 16th and I’m getting all the fuzzy feelings inside for the holidays, a time when I can set down my work wears, sit back, put my feet up and enjoy some hot coco around the fire.. or can I? Alas it seems life on a farm the work never ceases, however the plus side is in the winter it does slow down, so we intend to take full advantage of this slow period and get to all the many tasks we’ve been putting on the back burner for the past number of months.. Johan’s stacked more wood around the house so we ca easily access the wood to warm our home over the winter months, he’s made some amazing slow feeder boxes for the horses and stream lined our work flow by installing a float system on our horses water tank to keep it fully stoked with fresh clean drinking water all season long, ya hoo! We also decided after the major interest in our farm fresh free range eggs that it might be a good idea to have some more hens on board, so we’ve invested in 12 more laying hens. Seeing we feel strongly about heritage breeds we found a nice little hobby farm who had a mixure of white speckled sussex, an orpington mix, and black australops for sale. And being that theres always learning to be had, especially on the new farmer side of things, it turns out a couple of the hens we brought home had leg mites, darn it, lessons learned to inspect more deeply before bringing new critters home....
Building, growth and communication..

Building, growth and communication..

So the rumours are true, Johan and I have taken on yet another project, a Tiny Home, super exciting stuff around here. The dream of building our own tiny home was born long before either of us met, so we felt like theres no time like the present. The idea of having a home of our own and ability to take it with us should we ever move was really intriguing to us, the idea of less ‘stuff’ and more time felt good, and the connection to our resources felt even better. Being able to power the tiny home with solar power, heat it with wood heat, plumb it with rain water collection and have use of a composting toilet are some really big things we’ve taken into consideration. After checking out many tiny homes over the years and having some favourites we decided to meld a couple designs together and add our own flare to it. We went with “The Tiny project” (http://tiny-project.com) plans, but going with the “tiny tack house” (http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/tiny-tack-house/) overall layout. We got to work with researching trailers and the long search of craiglist for a flat deck trailer. The day finally came when we scored a nice 18ft trailer deck at a great price and so “Tiny is huge” was born! We ordered supplies and the rest was history, or so to say!    We started on the trailer deck, getting it prepped, coated, painted and ready for the subfloor. Even had Brian weld on a foot extension at the back and 9 inches on either side of the deck to add more room for...
Money tracking, accounting, and planning

Money tracking, accounting, and planning

Johan made a good point the other day, after searching around for old farm receipts needed for tax purposes he asked why I didn’t have a shoebox set up for such a thing. What a great idea! So on our errand day in town we found a nice box set up for such a thing and I’m now realizing how badly we needed it and wonder if it’ll be big enough for the year to come.. I never really gotten down to the nitty gritty of it, but theres a lot of expenses in farming and running a small boarding operation, from farm animal feed, seeds, fertilizer, tools, gas, hay, you name it, it adds up quick, and I’m starting to wonder at this rate if we’ll break even. The silver lining of all this is trial and error, and not biting off more than you can chew, are the big important learning lessons. I’m finding pacing oneself is of the upmost importance, we’ve found using a monthly calendar and setting up daily/weekly goals on it to be a great focus point. And it also feels great to tick off the jobs...