welcome spring! 2014 Harvest Box Program Open!

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Applications now being accepted for this year’s CSA Harvest Box Program.  Please Click on the CSA Harvest box link above for details and application form.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!  

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As Winter Wanes

ImageIt was a cold start to the winter, but no real snow until mid-February, when it came in bucket loads. Now the snow is starting to melt on the ground and there are pieces of green grass poking through around the bases of trees. We have onions seeded and happily growing and are about to seed brocolli and lettuce. The wheels of Rootdown 2014 Season are starting to slowly crank into motion. Here we go. The goal this year; to not let that momentum move so fast that it eventually sweeps us away! Here’s to a balanced enjoyable season.

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Piggy Profile 2013

Happy, spoiled and living the good life.

Happy, spoiled and living the good life.

Pigs are rotationally grazed throughout the season, ensuring access to fresh pasture, better for the pigs and the soil.

Pigs are rotationally grazed throughout the season, ensuring access to fresh pasture, better for the pigs and the soil.

Life as a Rootdown Pig. 19 social, smart additions to our pastures

Life as a Rootdown Pig.
19 social, smart additions to our pastures

Muddy bum. Keeping cool, the mud provides some protection from the Pemberton sunshine.

Muddy bum. Keeping cool, the mud provides some protection from the Pemberton sunshine.

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Mid-season Spotlight

The sun is shining, days are long, the diversity and bounty of mid-July is here, and we are working hard to keep up with it all.

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Bunching Sweet Beets

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Lettuces in early morning sunshine, ready for the picking

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The mighty pea harvest continues!

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100 bunches of kale, and still going strong.

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Swiss Chard of Astronomical Sizes.

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Pig happiness in mud-cooling and sun protection

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The movable chicken coop, fresh grass and happy chickens.

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Almost ready to lay-Eggs in August.

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Zucchini’s a plenty!

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Life as a lettuce head harvester.

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Expert hands bunching Kale

 

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In Season this week…Garlic Scapes.

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Garlic Scapes, the flowering part of the garlic plant and are a seasonal delicacy. Available only in early July, they have the texture of asparagus, yet the flavour of garlic!

This week, the sun has shined (a lot), and the warm loving crops of squash, tomatoes and cucumbers have doubled in size!  This week, the season brings us some of the first carrots of the season, summer squash a plenty, nice greens, the last of the broccoli and cauliflower till the fall, and of course, the unique seasonal treat of garlic scapes.  

 

Suggested recipes include Garlic Scape Pesto and Pickled Scapes.  

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Garlic Scapes have the texture of asparagus with the flavour of garlic. Enjoy sauteed, roasted or grilled!

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2013 Rootdown Faces

Yes, we are off to another fantastic season.  Chickens out on fresh pasture, pigs galavanting around in the tall grass, the vegetables bountiful and beautiful, growing quickly in the long daylight hours of the season.  As we kick off the season, let’s introduce the faces that work hard to bring wonderful great food to the local community.

Favorites on the Farm include weeding and time under the Maple Tree.

Sarah McMillan, Rootdown Farm Founder, Co-owner and Farmer. Favorites on the Farm include weeding, time under the Maple Tree, continued learning and more weeding.

Favorites on the Farm include the thousand and one uses of the utility trailer and time spent out in "Piglandia"

Simone McIsaac, Rootdown Farm Co-owner and Farmer. Favorites on the Farm include the thousand and one uses for the utility trailer, time out in “Piglandia”, and that there is never a dull day at the “office”.

Favorites include releasing the chickens in the morning, and using a great mind to solve farm related obstacles and outdoor hot showers while looking at Mt. Currie, and continual learning.

Emily, Apprentice-Favorites include releasing the chickens in the mornings, using a great mind to solve farm related challenges, outdoor hot water showers with views of Mt. Currie.

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Sam, Apprentice-Farm Favorites include mowing, the reward of a well-mixed, well-applied round of fertigation, sheep dialogue, time spent watching bats in the in barn and the benefits of boots when feeding the pigs.

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Buster, Farm Dog-Favorites include radishes, carrots, napa, compost, chicken (or sheep) poop, and long naps under the truck.

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Hunter, Farm Dog-Favorites include searching for voles in tall grass, following Sam, zucchinis and farm life in general.

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May At A Glance

May was a busy month, as all Mays are in farming-Everything must happen at once.  As the farm starts to get established for the season, vegetables in the fields, pigs on pasture, chicks roaming fresh grass, and farmers working to keep up with it all.  Things are looking good as we transition into June, and thank you for keeping up with all our endeavours!  Here are some snapshots from the past month.

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Happy Pigs Have Arrived

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First Field Salad Harvest!

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Tomatoes in the Greenhouse

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Fields getting planted

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Basil, awaiting the heat

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Layer chicks at 8 weeks-Eggs in August!

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Rootdown’s Apprentice Team for the season-Emily, Sam and Hunter. All Awesome!

Hope to see you soon. Check in for future updates.  

Stay well fed.  Team Rootdown

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