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The Joys and Sorrows of being a Farmer...

Posted on by Tim Livingstone

I try to keep our blog positive and upbeat, but there are times when being a farmer is not all like that.  

During the last two weeks we have celebrated new life with 200 new chicks and 4 new calves and we have cried the loss of one of our best cows.  We have enjoyed planting sweet corn and planted thousands of strawberry plants, but now we've watched fields swamped in so much water that Mallard ducks are out in the middle of the field.  Squash planting is behind and with the rain today it looks like we'll be doing well to get it planted at all this week.


There are days we feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoors and then there are days we just want to go to work in the morning and come home at 5:00 with a guaranteed pay cheque and no worries.  When I get discouraged I remember all of our customers who are so happy to be able to get good local and organic food.   This helps us to move forward when the going is difficult and look forward to tomorrow as a brand new day!

On the left you see our freshly planted sweet corn. 



Kirsten and the crew had a real workout planting strawberries.  Here she is nearing the 7,000 mark with about 2,000 to go.







View from the tractor seat this afternoon as the rain came pouring down!

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