Last week flew by with another jam packed itinerary, here are some of the highlights.
Andrew Riseman, Associate Professor at UBC in Applied Biology and Plant Breeding gave us a talk about the basics of plant morphology, plant life cycle and how these apply to saving seeds. His Garden Genetics- Seed Saving Manual is [...]
What if everyone grew a little bit of food? I keep asking myself this question and imagining the possibilities. What I have realized on my food growing journey so far is it’s not as hard as I had originally thought and you don’t actually need a lot of space.
My mission with Urban [...]
We are now at the farm four days a week which is fantastic. I was finding it hard only being there once a week since so many changes can happen in that amount of time. Here are some of the highlights.
Tool maintenance workshop with Henk from Lee Valley Tools. Henk [...]
I missed last Saturday at the farm (and it was the week of our plot plan presentations). I went by earlier in the week to show Delisa and Erin what I have in mind for my 20m by 1m plot. Our plot plan had to follow the crop rotation of the farm and include [...]
It was a busy Saturday on the farm with lots of work to be done. The first task of the day was planting strawberries. I had only ever transplanted runners so had no idea they looked like root bunches (see photo below). These are a June bearing variety called Rainier. Recommended spacing is [...]
The fields were tilled this week, looking beautiful and more ready for planting.
We got the results back from the soil samples we took on week 3 . I had no idea what the report told us on first glance, full of numbers that meant absolutely nothing to me. I had no real [...]
Another jammed packed day full of learning. This week we took a field trip to the Winter Farmer’s Market. Farmer’s markets are one avenue for income generation with the opportunity for marketing and distribution. Before the market was in full swing we had the chance to chat with some of the farmers. [...]
Have we ever been lucky with the weather so far. It is really starting to feel like spring and it’s pretty neat to see the changes from one week to the next at the farm. The plough has passed through some of the fields since there were a few sunny days [...]
This week we had the privilege of going on a soil walk around the farm with Art Bomke. He provided us with insight into the history of the soil formation and characteristics at various locations around the site including forest and field areas. For more information on soil and how it is formed: SoilWeb
I could not believe my luck last fall when I discovered the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at the UBC Farm. A practical program that would give me the opportunity to work a growing season at the farm and have the chance to learn about sustainable food systems? Seemed too good to be true, [...]
- Week 9- Seed Saving, Complexities of Irrigation and a Field Trip to Snow Farm
- Shipyards Night Market- Come Say Hello
- Week 8- Sharpening Tools, Inoculating Logs, Building a Chicken Coup and a Hoop House and Squishing Some Bugs (in that order)
- Week 7- Plot Plans
- Week 6- Getting down to Business (Planting Strawberries and Potatoes)
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