There is always something to do at the farm. With the mild weather we have been able to do a lot of transplanting along with our regular winter duties of pruning and harvesting. The farm store has been busy as we are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Along side our crops we sell products produced by people in our neighbourhood - hazelnuts, fish, tuna, soups, salad dressings, preserves, honey, coffee and much more.
We are attending Seedy Saturday Feb 7 in Qualicum Beach Civic Center from 10am-3:30pm.Come and say hello! We will have a sign up sheet for volunteering as well as U-pick and Picked vegetables and fruit in larger volumes. We will also be at Seedy Sunday March 1 being held this year for the first time at Nanaimo District Secondary School(NDSS) from 10:30am-3pm. Barbara will be speaking at the event!
Some years ago the farm hosted the Pollinators Picnic for people from the Nanaimo Region. We are all set to do it again. But we need your help, first of all to learn all about the pollinators who pollinate our fruits, vegetables and flowers: AND THEN to help us host the event. Please volunteer by emailing email@example.com We are looking for a team of about 10 or 12 adults and younger folk to help if all the different events that take place on that day. We will hold a Saturday meeting at the farm store and go over all the different events and find out how you can assist. This event will be well-suited to gardening folk and families, and everyone for that matter who need to know about pollinators.
We will be providing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Veggie Box program Spring, Summer and Fall. Each week from April through to November you will be receiving nutrient dense produce from our farm! Sign up at the farm, email us firstname.lastname@example.org the registration form or come by one of the markets that we are attending(Seedy Saturday, Seedy Sunday and Island Root Co-op on Wednesdays)
To sign up please fill out the Registration form click here For more information on what we grow click here To see our brochure click here insideoutside Help spread the word by putting up a poster click here
What does CSA mean? The Community Supported Agriculture concept originated in Japan after the war. Japanese housewives in order to guarantee food for their households,for Japanese farmers to be paid in advance for growing the crops and to support the farm and their families. CSA’s moved to Europe and US and Canada soon after and now make up a major part of small farmers’ incomes. Because there are no available support programs for start-up agriculture, farmers struggle in the late winter and early spring to have enough money for start-up. This applies particularly to start-up wages. Often a farm has finished the season with a crew of well-trained young farmers, but with little or no income to see them through the winter and start-up again in the spring. That is where you come in. It would be a great help to the farms who run CSA Produce Box Programs if you were able to help with up-front costs by paying for your initial produce boxes in advance. That way you can bring happiness to the farmers as well as their bankers!!!
NUTRIENT-DENSE PRODUCE The crew at Nanoose Edibles is constantly thinking about how we might serve you better. Thankfully food scientist worldwide are reviewing how we have eaten overtime and evaluating historic levels of nutrition, with our modern fruits and vegetables. We are using that information to select the seeds and plants we grow for our customers. Rich well-balanced soils combined with carefully selected seeds and plants to produce nutrient-dense crops. Mostly they will look the same, maybe a little less fashionable, with a different colour range. Sometimes the seeds, plants, and trees will not be easy to find – it takes a bit of sloothing. Expect some differences in flavour. We would appreciate feedback from you and your suggestions for varieties of fruits and vegetable. We will be renovating the orchard and saving some of the old quality trees (I didn’t say pretty). If you have a favourite old apple you would like us to propagate please send us a message. Another chapter next month.
Chelsea has been going to the Island Root Market every Wednesday from 3pm-6pm in Nanaimo. Chelsea has been learning many things on the farm but she has been specializing on how to seed and transplant.
Staff at Nanoose Edibles have been busy all through January renovating fruit crops and creating certified organic transplants. Rosy Red Rhubarb roots ($6/root), Heritage day-neutral Raspberries (3for$10) Tribute & Seascape Strawberry roots $1 per plant in bunches of 10 or 25. Clean bare root plants are available at Island Root farmers markets on Wednesday in Nanaimo, at our farm Friday Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm also at Seedy Saturday & Seedy Sunday(March). If you are wanting large volumes please email us to discuss discounts and deliver email@example.com We will also be attending the Island Agriculture Show in Courtney Feb 13 &14 if delivery is required.
Events 2015 Feb 7 -Seedy Saturday in Qualicum Beach Feb 11 Wed- Growing Food - Easy ways to get the best from your garden in Cowichan Valley Feb 13 & 14 - Friday and Saturday - Island Agriculture Show in Comox Valley March 1 - Seedy Sunday in Nanaimo - New location at Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS) Aug - Pollinators Picnic at our farm - more information to come shortly!