Spring at the (Flower) Farm

I consider this my first 'official' spring season as a flower farmer.  I had very few spring flowers last year, so it was mostly all about getting things set up and stumbling my way through the first planting season.  It was fantastic, and I loved it.  This year though, there is satisfaction in knowing I will make it to the market far earlier.  The general goal is to do less stumbling, in favour of tripping only occasionally.

The start of the narcissus. 'Fortune' & 'Mt Hood'

The start of the narcissus. 'Fortune' & 'Mt Hood'

Aren't those pretty? It's nice to see the color, especially because spring is basically all about dirt.  Some of it is your standard issue garden dirt (yes, I know, it's actually soil), but some of it (tons of it) is actually manure.  April and May get to see Erik and I moving quite a bit of that organic fertilizer, in addition to Erik's animal chores and my plant chores.  I spent an evening running around after Erik while attempting to get some decent action shots.  My photography is squarely in the amateur range but it gets the point across.  A working 1960s tractor is always photogenic in an industrial grunge kind of way.

It's also still calving season - so between the flowers and the calves we have lots of cuteness to offset how dirty the floor in the mudroom gets.  Of course, you can't see most of the floor because it is covered in trays of plants.  Spring is one of those season where you see the best laid plans shoehorned in around the weather, equipment malfunctions, and life changes.  A former colleague always called this 'juking and jiving', and I hope I've picked up some of his adaptability.  Come what may, farming is always an adventure.

I've collected a few images to share about the season so far, you can check them out below.

2016 Year in Review, and Onwards!

As I review the successes and road bumps of my first season growing flowers, I've decided I'm quite happy with my accomplishments for the year.  It was a good start and there were many valuable lessons.  While it is impossible to capture everything here, we wanted to give you a little taste of my first year of flower farming.

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The Perfect Local Gift: Our Floral CSA

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the flower lover in your life?  Whether it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or just because, we’ve got you covered!  In 2017 we are offering a subscription for beautiful, fresh flowers, as a CSA.  This is our first year offering this, and Megan is very excited to bring a floral CSA to Pictou County!

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Your Farmers Give Thanks

Farmer man and I have spent this weekend celebrating with close friends and counting our blessings.  We want to say thank you to each one of our supporters.  Whether you are family, friends, customers, or fellow farmers.  We appreciate each one of you.  

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