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This week on the farm- Oct. 7th

This week on the farm- Oct. 7th

Written by Angie Lynch It was a busy week on the farm! On Saturday, a small but mighty volunteer group from the Gap Factory store in Bayers Lake, along with three farm stewards and one extra-special little helper, came out to help build market beds and fill them with...

Creature Feature: Predatory Stink Bugs

Creature Feature: Predatory Stink Bugs

  Written by Angie Lynch For this week’s blog post it’s important for you to know that we, on the farm, love bees. I know, everyone says they love bees; it’s very trendy to love bees right now. But I really do think we have a deeper understanding and appreciation...

This week on the farm- Sept. 16th

This week on the farm- Sept. 16th

Written by Angie Lynch   Things have been slowing down on the farm lately; days are getting shorter and cooler, and with that we’ve had less volunteers on the farm, plant growth has slowed dramatically, and even the farm growth is almost complete- only one and a...

After the Storm

After the Storm

Written by Angie Lynch Friday we spent 8.5 hours prepping BiHi Park for Hurricane Dorian. Our main concern was securing all materials so that they did not get picked-up by wind and possibly do damage to the surrounding infrastructure or get damaged themselves; since...

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies The Monarch Butterfly is probably the most well-known butterfly in North America, and we’ve had quite a few Monarchs visiting the farm over the last month. A recent question about how to attract Monarchs to your garden got us thinking that other...

Plotter Spotlight: Don Stoltz

Plotter Spotlight: Don Stoltz

Name: Don Stoltz Plotter since: 2013 Don grew up gardening with his father in their backyard in Southern Ontario, so when he read about Common Roots in the Chronicle Herald, he wanted to be involved, and has been a plotter for the last six years. Although a bit more...

This week on the farm: August 5th – 11th

This week on the farm: August 5th – 11th

Written by Ellen Petrie This week we had an unfortunate discovery. We found cucumber beetles on our Market garden squash plants. This is a type of beetle who likes to eat every part of squash, pumpkin, zucchini, and cucumber plants. The bugs had been eating the...

This week on the Farm: July 29th – August 4th

This week on the Farm: July 29th – August 4th

Written by Ellen Petrie This week the Farm was busy despite the heat wave we have been enduring. We have been able to make as many Market beds as stakes would allow. On Tuesday afternoon we had many hands help us fill those forty-foot-long Market beds. YMCA’s Youth...

Farm Worker Highlight: Leafcutter Bees!

Farm Worker Highlight: Leafcutter Bees!

Written by Angie Lynch Last Thursday morning we realized we had new residents on the farm; Leafcutter Bees! While taking a break on one of our picnic tables in the shade, we noticed a bee acting agitated while flying around our group. The bee was holding something,...

This week on the Farm: July 22nd-28th

This week on the Farm: July 22nd-28th

Written by Ellen Petrie Despite the rainy and grey weather on the farm this past week there was still a lot happening. Due to rain we had a handful of groups postpone their visit to the farm to a later date which gave us an opportunity to tackle some of the smaller...