The farm

Although it would be nice to say that, like many medieval manors ours was nearly self-sufficient, we cannot make such a claim. We do grow a few vegetables, nuts and fruit, which produce more food some years than others, depending on how much work we put into the garden and what the weather is like.

Apples this year! Turkeys and chickens, not likely!

We also have a small flock of layer chickens. As of April, 2004 these do not seem to be sick with Avian flu, but their days may be numbered because of the general cull. We will wait for the authorities to make that decision. (Update; June 2004 - All avian flu in the lower mainland has been eliminated - our flock will not be destroyed.) We usually have a larger flock, and raise a few hundred turkeys and chickens for meat as well.

August update! We are now allowed to take down the silly signs, that you see above. I always thought you needed to ask permission to be on my property before. Oh, well! Replenishing our stock is not going to be easy. I phoned the hatchery and asked about getting 50 turkeys (for thanksgiving). The women on the other end of the phone said, "you would like to order fifty thousand". "No, I only want 50, that is five zero". "Sorry." she says, " I can get you 50.000 but not 50. The minimum order size is fifteen thousand". It seems that they are trying to get the commercial farmers up and running again and the little guy is out of luck...

 Apple tree heavy-burdened with fruit

October update! Seeing as yesterday was Thanksgiving - it is best to give thanks for what we did get from our garden this year. It was a banner year for all of the tree fruits and nuts. We actually got more from some of the pear and apple trees this year then we have gotten from them in the last fifteen years. That is not to say we were over-burdened, just that we got more then usual.

We did have a few interesting thieves partake of our garden though. A young doe (likely the one I pulled from the pond last year) decided to keep her twin fawns nearby most of the summer. The doe often jumped over the eight foot tall deer fence we have around the garden until I put surveyors tape even higher along the top of the fence. The fawns on the other hand learned to crawl under the fence in the few spots that it was not right at ground level. It is very funny to see a deer crawling through a small hole. Their legs and feet which were not designed for crawling are all over and it looks like they will get stuck at any moment. I tolerated their invasions until they decided to pull up (or down) all the Tomato plants.

We have picked most fruit as early as possible to keep temptation from the animals, but last week a rather large bear cleaned off and broke the remaining apple tree that had late fruit on it, as well as breaking down the fence so tht the deer could get in again...

Stellers Jays enjoyed a large portion of our nut harvest. They don't eat the Philberts just hide them in all sort of odd places... Like in the mirror of the truck or under the siding of the barn. Walnuts don't seem to be big for anyone this year, so we did get a few.

Racoons and whatever else that can find a way into the gardens all took their share as well.

All in all it was a good harvest and we give thanks for what we did manage to put away for ourselves.

 can't open today it is stored full of harvest goodies...

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