success and failure and anticipation

 

 

I really love selling our produce at Kootenay Coop.  Every time I make a delivery I can’t help but think back to the first time that moving to this area really crossed my mind. I was living at OUR EcoVillage, and we hosted a GMO symposium with Jon Steinman as the keynote speaker. He talked about Nelson and the local food movement and this great local grocery store with all the passion I now realize comes pretty standard around here. This place sounded quaint and exceptional, and looking back I think that’s when the first little seed was planted. Five years later, I’m living in the Slocan Valley, running my own farm business, and the Kootenay Coop is buying my vegetables!

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Have you ever lived and farmed with one of your very best friends? It’s the best! This is what we look like all the time around here! (almost true)

It’s pretty easy to celebrate our successes and post really beautiful and romantic pictures of farm life (especially when we’ve got a photography pro hanging around capturing all the right moments). But sometimes we are failing.  There are vegetable-scale disasters on a daily basis.  The shelling peas are struggling very hard against weavils, and I really don’t know what else I can do to help them. It might be a pealess winter around here. And this is what the carrots looked like earlier this week:

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On a bigger farm beds like that might just be a total right off! But we only have about 1/2 an acre here, so we really can’t afford to just give up on a crop and reseed it somewhere else. Luckily, a couple hours of contemplative hand weeding isn’t the worst thing for me.  But still, I think it might be time I invested in a flame weeder…

In other exciting news around the farm, the strawberries and raspberries are looking pretty super loaded…

and I’d say the garden is looking pretty full of potential abundance too!

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-Kate

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