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Is it spring? Is it winter? Using the changeable weather to make maple syrup.

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The maple syrup season has been intermittent this year, but I’ve learned that’s not necessarily a bad thing… Continue reading

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Inspired to Write

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Back in 2004, I moved, with my husband and family to live in a new country, and we embraced the challenge of growing all our vegetables, managing a woodlot, keeping bees, and raising animals. As would be expected when embarking … Continue reading

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Dandelion Marmalade

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When you start trying to grow all your own food you quickly come to appreciate why it is so important for us all to eat foods seasonally. We’ve all read the reasons why we should only eat rhubarb in the … Continue reading

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A Bee’s First Flight

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If I was to ask you to imagine a garden of honey bees, you would probably conjure up images of brightly coloured flowers such as Poppies, Sunflowers and Asters. You would probably feel the warmth of a sunny, breezeless summer day … Continue reading

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Parsnips under the Snow

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Well it seems that spring may finally have arrived. The robins have returned, the bees are flying and the chickens are happily scratching in the dirt again. Today I was able to scrape away the snow and harvest the first … Continue reading

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Singing Pigs

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At first glance it may appear that the farm is in full winter hibernation. The gardens are dormant, the honey bees are silent and the chickens spend their days hiding in the barn. The only outward sign of life, are … Continue reading

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Eggs and Lemons Spells Lemon Curd

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It’s been an odd sort of winter here so far with lots of fluctuations in temperatures.  We’ve had a few weeks of cold, crisp sunny days with lots of snowfall in between, which I love. But last week was not … Continue reading

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I’ve been very quiet!

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Well it’s 2014 and I realize that I have been very quiet and I’ve neglected to update you all with all the happenings here on the farm. Rest assured that while I may have been quiet I was still very … Continue reading

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A Pig in the House!

Probably the most risky time in a pig’s life is during the first three days after being born. During those first precarious days, the piglet is a very different animal from the tough and hardy pig that it will soon … Continue reading

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The Gardening Year is Well Under Way.

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With all this sunny spring weather, the gardening year is well under way. Seeds have been planted and gardens have been made ready. At the beginning of March I planted all my onion & leek seeds, as well as pepper … Continue reading

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