Friday, January 30, 2009

The actual farming life

So, what happens in the farm on the winter?

Not much, really. We have the daily care of making sure the waterers are working. Henry puts out round bales every few days, and we check to make sure that all is well. But, winter on the farm is relatively quiet. It's a nice break that way because we are plenty busy in other areas.

For the meat-side of the business, we're doing once-a-month drop offs in Toronto. We send out an email with all the details, people pre-order, and then we hang out at Tinto's (and drink coffee and eat their yummy food), while we wait for people to come pick up their orders. It's been going really well, and we've even had several new customers try us over the winter.

The Guelph Organic Conference was last weekend. I was on a panel called The Future of Farmers' Markets representing producers. It was really interesting to hear about the behind-the-scenes politics that can go on at these markets. It also makes me realize how much I love the Sorauren Park market. It was so great for us last year, and I'm looking forward to it starting up again this year. I was talking to one of market managers, and he mentioned that he was interested in getting me on the advisory committee. While I'm not sure I have the time, I would love to do it. I've always been passionate about farmers' markets as a consumer and a producer, so it would be great to have more say in how this market works.

It was also really good to see a bunch of familiar faces at the conference. I didn't actaully attend any workshops, but I spend a number of hours wandering around the trade show, meeting and talking to people. It really helped reinforce for me that this is where we should be. After ten years or marriage, I don't know how many different jobs, this feels like a calling. It was neat talking to people who have been doing this kind of thing (organic farming and direct marketing) for 30 years and thinking that I can see Henry and I in their position in another 30 years.

In other news, Henry has started a job working for FarmStart and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario. He's the Training and Resources Coordinator (I had to look that up online). I think it's perfect for him. He'll be coordinating their education programs (teaching and farming - his two specialties). It's a bit nuts right now in that he's trying to finish his MA thesis as well, but this job brings an economic stability to our lives and allows us to use our farming income for the farm. Hopefully, those two factors and the reduction of our debt load that getting bought out of Russet House Farm (a good thing but a topic for another post) brings will allow us to buy a farm in the next year or two.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A lifetime

I'm almost 33, and this is the first time I've ever seen an African-American US President.

If all goes well, my son might be almost 10 before he knows anything but an African-American US President.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The ad reads...


Toddler repairperson for one (1) toddler. Doesn't eat. Doesn't sleep. Doesn't listen. Seems to be stuck on auto-whine. Will pay exorbitant fees.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


It's been ages since I've posted anything. I'm teaching this year and with the farm business and Moses, it felt like something had to give. I'm still teaching, but I really want to do more writing, and since I've already got this here blog, I thought I'd get my butt in gear and start here. So, without further ado, several days post New Year's Day....

Top 8 Events of 2008
(in no particular order)

1. Moses - specifically his first birthday, but in general, he is a delight and joy, and I am addicted to kissing his chubby cheeks. Oh, I also love to hear what he's thinking now that he's got quite a few words under his belt. (Turns out he mainly thinks about farm animals).

2. Starting a farm business with Henry - We participated in a farmer's market this year, and I loved it.

3. Spending time with family, specifically surprising my sister for her 30th birthday and my family's week-long visit here over Christmas.

4. Practicing Resurrection - It's a crazy amount of work, but the three of us camped with the attendees and had a great time.

5. Mom's group activities - Including library time, swimming, impromptu swim parties at our house, and potlucks. Sadly, most of my mom's group friends have moved away or are back at work, plus the kids don't sit still for that length of time anymore.

6. Getting the teaching job I wanted - I've loved using my brain for more than diaper changes/feeding. (For the record, I teach a seminar one day a week as part of a larger course for a second year English lit reading class).

7. Starting to work out - I know this isn't that momentous, but in October, I started doing 30 Day Shred, which had about a billion great reviews. I LOVE it, and I really notice a difference in my mood. I actually can't wait to start up again since I haven't done it at all this week due to visiting family.

8. Celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary

Goals for 2009

I read somewhere that writing them down makes them more real or something like that, so here goes:

1. Write more - I've got a few articles I want to write, plus I want to post here once a week.
2. Continue exercising
3. Stick to a budget - That involved creating one first.
4. Save money
5. Focus on Moses more - i.e. don't try to write/read/clean when it's our playtime.
6. Practice hospitality on a more regular basis (Anyone want to come over for dinner?)

Hopefully with #1, I'll be back soon to let you know how I'm doing.