Posts Tagged ‘tools’

“Are all farmers xenophobic serial killers?” by John

I’ve spent the last two days on the farm going on a mass killing spree, and it’s really been starting to get me down. Between weeding the strawberries, rototilling the raspberry beds, mowing the lawn, weed-whacking everything I can find, tilling the lower field and drowning every slug I come across, I’ve inflicted a whole lot of death and destruction in what is supposed to be “our growing adventure”. Not to mention the fact that a lot of it was done on or with one of the various fossil fuel guzzling noise polluters that are essential to our farming life.

A farmer friend of ours once told us that farming is more about killing the things you don’t want than anything else – and after this week I certainly have to agree.

All this hasn’t been great on my body either. Sore back from bending down, stiff shoulders from controlling heavy machinery, and those who know me well will understand the meaning of one word … allergies! (I swear, sometimes I think I should be a developer and try to pave everything instead of an environmentalist – given how much my body seems to love nature)

Today though, today was different. Today we went to see our friend Christy at her retreat located at Peace of Paradise Farm – and boy was it! I treated Cindy (and myself) to a late birthday present – a full body massage – and while Cindy was getting her massage I explored the grounds, design and maintained according to permaculture principles by Jay, and started reading “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” Between the setting and the promise of a massage to come, I found the first chapter of the book highly inspirational and motivating.

So, today, with body relaxed and spirits high, I planted something. Just carrots and parsnips, and just a third of a row, but it was something. I also watered the site of what will hopefully be a soccer pitch again someday, and I tried to take some time to enjoy the space that I’m living in. Of course I also fired up the Mantis and the weed whacker and did some work with those, but with the addition of starting life into my day, I didn’t feel so bad taking some back. After all, the grass clippings serve as mulch and the whacked weeds break down into organic matter to feed the soil to help grow other plants, so it’s all just part of a cycle.

Thanks for reading.


“A farming weekend” by John

So I read in Eliot Coleman’s “The New Organic Grower” that you should take one day per week to do something other than farming – it’s good for the sanity. So I decided to take his advice and on Saturday went to the Nanaimo Disc Golf course to play three rounds with Kelly and Steve.
I know, I know, when I work 5 days per week at an off farm job I hardly need another “day off” from the farm, but I figure I’ll get almost no chance once summer comes so I took advantage of the opportunity.

Today though, was some good farming action. Got some chores done, got the rototiller returned to it’s rightful owner (thanks Steve) and almost exorcised the super angsty dream I had last night that we really really needed a way to dig up the earth but no one could remember the name of the machine to do it (rototiller for those of you keeping score at home) and the only one we had wouldn’t work for some reason. Doesn’t sound so bad now, but it was full of anxiety, I promise.

Got asked today if we would buy the farm we’re on if G isn’t coming back. Good question …. Comes at an interesting time as my tenants back in Ontario have put an offer in on a house and might be moving out of our place soon ….