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Farm Life

So we’ve been at Rootdown Organic Farm now for a month and a half, learning the ropes of a small scale mixed farm, with about 2.5 acres in cultivation with mixed vegetables, 20 pigs and two lambs being raised for meat, and about 40 laying hens. It has been 6 weeks of growth and adjustment, with my body learning to work much harder than it has ever had to before, living with my wife in a small trailer while also working side by side, dealing with being somewhere a bit remote, though not too much so. It’s been an adventure so far!

Outdoor living space

Outdoor living space

Living in Style

As mentioned, our quarters on the farm are small but pretty great. We have a trailer to live in, with an outdoor heated shower and composting toilet, and we’ve made our “yard” fun with the addition of a mosquito net tent (for evening beers), a mini hoophouse for our own tomatoes anhébs, and a trellis for peas.

View from the shower

View from the shower

Although it took a bit of adapting at first, I’ve come to love the outdoor shower, with its mountain views. And I’ve always wanted a composting toilet (what a horrible waste of treated water to use it to flush human waste!). The small trailer also took some getting used to, but luckily we spend most of our time outdoors.

Farm Life

I’ve been updating the Rootdown farm blog, so most of my updates on the farm are there. But overall, I’ve found that I most enjoy those rewarding tasks like transplanting and harvesting, and I don’t mind weeding too much. I have my favorite crops – broccoli, squash, kale, carrots, beans – that I enjoy dealing with, and some that are my lesser preferred, like salad greens (I totally understand the appeal of growing them for early harvest and high value, but man, they are a lot of work!).

We work 5 days a week, and just this week had our first market day. Rootdown attends just one market a week, the Whistler farmers market. Otherwise, we sell to restaurants, grocery stores, and have a CSA that will start at the end of June. These diversified marketing outlets is giving me a chance to see the benefits and drawbacks of each, which will continue as we go through the season.

Highlights

Not unexpectedly, the animals are a highlight for me. Of course, the farm dogs are loveable, but I also find the chickens hilarious and the lambs sweet. Although I’ve been a vegetarian for six years, I expect that will change by the end of this season, because I appreciate that animals and humans have a culinary interdependence, and an animal that has had a good life and an ethical death overall probably has less of an impact on this earth than the tofu and lentils that I eat so much of. But that’s a debate for a different day. For now, I am appreciating the sustenance of the delicious eggs provided by our hens, and acknowledge that while I find the lambs cute and the pigs kind of funny, they will one day be someone’s dinner, if not mine.

Piglets!

Piglets!

 

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