Wow, what a busy month it has been! Between a new house, plowing fields, planting gardens, caring for animals, and sharing our farm with visitors, it is a wonder we have time to do anything else – but we do enjoy this lifestyle that we have chosen. Over the last month there have been some highs and some lows but we have enjoyed every day for what it had to offer us.
For starters, Granddaughter Melissa is officially a homeowner! She has a new house at the west end of our hay field. Things aren’t quite done yet but progress is being made and there is no point in rushing things along, we want to do it once and do it right. Real life responsibilities are a reality now for Albert and Dorothy’s oldest grandchild, but she could not be more excited about everything.
The 2013 pumpkin season has began for us. Milestone year too, it was 25 years ago that Albert and Dorothy started growing pumpkins as a hobby in their garden and selling them on the honour system at the end of their driveway. We spread manure over our 15 acres of pumpkins fields and disced it in to replenish the soil with all the nutrients that were used up from last years crop. The fields are all ready to be planted, which will be done around the end of May.
In another plot of earth we have started our vegetable garden and man oh man is it doing well! Corn, squash, beans, peas, onions, potatoes, turnips, radishes, carrots, and lettuce are some of the veggies that we have up and thriving. Melissa and friend Katie have made a greenhouse out of some tent poles and they have many veggies and herbs growing under there. Both girls grew up helping their parents in the garden, but this is their first “very own” garden, so they are really experimenting with things. Friends and family will reap the benefits of this experimentation.
In the barns life continues as usual. Lots of kid goats being born and a few lambs. Our bottle baby lambs, Dot and Spot, have grown so much and they are so friendly. The 2 of them have visited with numerous kids here on the farm and even had the opportunity to go for a few visits to senior’s residences. Up in the hay our cat, Kitty, had 3 kittens. They are all white, so we are curious to see if they grow any colour in their coat. On a sad note, it was time for our big steers, Zeldo and Zorro, to move on to their next life. We are very fortunate that we have 13 years of great memories with these 2. Farmer Albert trained the 2 of them as an oxen team and so it was hardest for him to say goodbye, these guys meant a lot to him. It was a pleasure to have worked with them.
The farm and animals have had lots of visits with people from around the Lower Mainland over the last month. Farmers Albert and Melissa gave many farm tours, taking school kids around the farm and to the different animals while teaching them a bit about the life of a farmer. Melissa has been giving guided bus tours around the farm to senior’s residences then serving up pie and hot chocolate afterwards with the help of Dorothy. The farm has also played host to a handful of birthday parties and we are so happy that those families shared that special day with our farm. Amidst all the on-farm activities a few of the animals packed up and headed off to senior’s residences with Melissa – the joy that a fuzzy little animal will bring to someone suffering from an illness is just amazing.
Well that’s all for now. Be sure to check back soon for the next farm update and keep your eye on the website and our facebook page for information about Farm Kid Camps this summer.