Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Winter is Closing In...

For the first time EVER, we are going to sell vegetables throughout the winter, both at a farmers market and with CSA vegetable Share Deliveries. We have about 5 tones of veggies in the shed, which should be enough for about 100 Families in our CSA program and 8 weeks of markets, hopefully we still have product in February.  For more information on our CSA or markets check out our website. www.eaglecreekfarms.ca

As usual there are plenty of projects lined up for the winter months.  First is to take down our old greenhouse.  It was a great temporary solution to serve our greenhouse needs over the past 2 years, but we now need a to step up.  Plans are to build it off the North side of our chicken coop.  We will install a better ventilation system along with an enhanced heating system.  A set of solar thermal panels have been in a shed unused for the past couple years, but will soon be placed on the roof of the chicken coop.  Between utilizing Passive Solar heat retention in the greenhouse, we will be able to warm water with the stove & solar thermal panels that can be used to heat the building at night.  If all goes to plan we should be able to start germinating plants in February, then take our last harvest the end of November...

I took a stroll through the Christmas Trees this past week. Next summer it will be time to learn how to prune a christmas tree, some of the trees in our first planting are nearly 2 feet tall.   It has taken them 3 years to get to this point, so I don't expect any will be ready for cutting for another until 2016 at the earliest.  Each year we are planting more trees, so once we do open, I am hoping for a fairly consistent supply of christmas trees every year.

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