This post: Brian Creelman of Woodlanders Farm shares is approach to hotboxing. You know. For heating seedlings.Read More
This episode: Gardening savant and writer Steve Solomon on his new book, The Intelligent Gardener, and on growing nutrient-dense food.Read More
This post: do you use soil blocks in the nursery? Here's the best method I've found to work with delicate mini-blocksRead More
This post: Norm's design for a raised-bed, lasagna-type backyard garden that's easy to build and will cram your kitchen with veggies this summer.Read More
This post: The Farmer's Filmanac shares a simple seed winnower developed at The University of British Columbia.Read More
This episode, I speak with Frederic Theriault of Tournesol Farm about his choice to pay his farm interns a minimum wage that's paid over the table; that is, with all appropriate deductions made and submitted to the government. Frederic talks about the pros and cons of doing so before explaining how to do it efficiently and properly.Read More
This post: the universe wanted me to share with you these plans to convert a chipper/shredder into a grain and bean thresher.Read More
This episode I have a really helpful conversation with WSU Veggie Extension Specialist Carol Miles about grafting tomatoes, eggplants, and other veggies. We cover definitions, the reasons for doing it, and a few techniques.Read More
This episode: Soil Management Consultant Clare Sullivan dishes on various aspects of good soil nutrient management practices.Read More
This post: in which the author plugs his new book of farming essays.Read More
This post: a quick look at a simple way to maximize space in your crappy ol' farm truck's bed/canopy setup when you're delivering veggiesRead More
This episode: Irrigation expert Troy Peters talks about best practices in crop irrigation. This man can make your garden more productive.Read More
This post: Curtis Stone of Green City Acres, a bustling SPIN farm in Kelowna, BC, shares a few shots of his winter production methods.Read More
This post links to a simple DIY trick to keep your potted plants well-watered on hot days.Read More
This post: after a disorganized first year of transporting CSA veggies, our much more efficient and effective system. Great for farms without air-conditioned transport.Read More
This post: more audio! Part two of a two part series on the use of cover crops in a small-scale garden. This episode: living mulches.Read More
Here's another submission from Trevor at Busy Bea's Market Garden in Alberta. In this one he briefly describes a couple of the labour-saving devices he uses to produce onions:
Editor's Note: This is a guest-post by Hannah Roessler, a graduate student at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island who, having done some farming herself, came up with a project to help farmers share information via motion picture. You know. Videos.In a nutshell: Hannah's site features videos of farmers sharing their techniques with the rest of us. farmersfilmanac.com is the site. Thanks to Hannah for the post.
Farmers have always dealt with variable weather – it’s pretty much an essential part of farming. But climate change experts have cautioned that we’re going to be dealing with increasingly variable weather and extremes; we already see them occurring. I was curious - how do farmers perceive climate change, and what are the ways that they are adapting to it? What are ways to share this practical, adaptive knowledge, farmer-to-farmer?
This curiosity drove me to leave the farm (temporarily) for a desk, and I initiated a research project through the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. I began by interviewing farmers on and around Vancouver Island, and right away learned that farmers are certainly experiencing changing environmental conditions, Some changes carry the potential to put farmers out of business overnight - these are some very real risks. Now while this may seem a grim predicament, no one should underestimate farmers; they are a pretty innovative bunch. I found that farmers are finding unique and innovative ways to address these new environmental challenges; they are adapting, as best as they can.
In some ways, innovating and experimenting is what farmers have always done - yet environmental change is occurring at a greater speed and magnitude than we have previously experienced. Unique conditions require unique solutions, and it is critical that we find new ways to share locally-relevant information that deals with locally-specific environmental conditions. Additionally, we have a rapidly aging farmer population, and a lack of funding for agricultural extension in Canada, especially for small-scale organic growers. These realities seem to further widen the prevailing knowledge gap in agriculture, both for experienced farmers and new aspiring farmers. And while we’d all love to spend time visiting other farms to learn new techniques, it can be really difficult to find time to do this.
This is where the Farmers Filmanac comes in. This website is a place for innovative and adaptive techniques and practices to be showcased and shared with farmers in this region, both aspiring and experienced, and even somewhere in between. While this really can’t substitute for learning-by-doing on the farm, the videos are just another way to inspire ideas, share knowledge and connect farmers. The farmers I interviewed said they wanted short, quick, easily accessible information – so that’s what we tried to do with the videos. There’s just so much to learn, so we might as well take a stab at trying different ways of doing it.
As long as farmers continue to generously share their time and techniques, I will continue to add content. If we want to re-imagine our food system, we’ll have to try different avenues to make it possible – as we all know, it’s all about diversity, so please share your ideas.
Hannah Maia Roessler firstname.lastname@example.org www.farmersfilmanac.com
Dave and Kim from Waxwing Farm in Nova Scotia recently sent in another submission. It's a quickie:
"But at the moment when I made the connection between the celery and its growing environment, I began equating vegetable consumption with the notion of putting my mouth directly into the soil."Read More