April 01. 2009

Green Croft Gardens News

What’s happening on the Farm?
We still have snow left in the fields and I think it will take still a week till we see the soil in our gardens. On March 26 we had our first lambs, twins, one white and one black and two days later another set of twins, black and white. So for the next two weeks we will be checking a lot in the barn.
Our little goats are growing like weeds and are so much fun to watch. It is time now to lock up the moms for a while every day if we want some milk to drink. If we don’t lock them up the goat kids drink all the milk.
We leave all our kids on the moms so if we don’t want to milk we have that option and take some days off.
Wolf got his lettuce, Italian dandelions, miners lettuce, cornsalad, tomatoes, onions, leeks, shallots, celery, celeriac and herbs seeded in trays and many are up and will soon be moving to our green house. We will be moving our chicken into their garden home soon and set up tables in the (chicken)greenhouse so we can move and transplant all the vegetable starts. We have a woodstove to heat the greenhouse at night and still need to buy some firewood because we are running out of wood after such a long winter.
As soon as the snow is gone enough we will get our raspberries pruned and the broken posts fixed and we still have to prune fruit trees, clean the barns, move the compost, fix fences that got pushed over by the snow plough and clean up what emerges from under the snow.
It is great to have good helpers and we were lucky to have Marissa and Stefanie from Germany and Jordan from Manitoba staying with us for a while.
We are hatching some chicks and our helpers are looking forward to see the baby chicks soon. The hatching date is April 3rd.
Wolf is still busy at Fieldstone Granary in Armstrong preparing for their OPEN HOUSE, April 4th

Produce for Sale
Still a little Parsnips, celeriac (celery root), sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) and dried hot peppers.
Recipes of the Month

Lentil – Apple Salad with Feta
200g Lentils
2 tsps organic vegetable broth
2 Onions
2 apples cut into cubes
5 tbs. Olive oil
4-5 tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup chopped Parsley
200g Feta Cheese

Boil lentils in about 1/2 liter of water until soft but not mushy , about 25 min. Add salt and vegetable broth.
Chop onions and sautee in 1 tbs. Olive oil . Add apples, balsamic vinegar and 1 –2 tbs of water. Cover and cook for about 5 min. Finely chop parsley and add to lentils and onion/apple mix.
Add rest of oil and balsamic vinegar and salt, toss, let salad cool off.
Cut Feta into strips , arrange neatly and serve with lentil salad.
Icelandic Lamb skins
We got our beautiful and soft lambskins tanned and are selling them for $ 120 each.
You can choose from colours white, black and brown.
New this season!
Wool products
We are offering
• Beautiful Icelandic raw fleece from our summer shearing in multi colours $ 25 per fleece
• Wool bats for spinning, felting $2 per oz
• Roving for easy spinning, hooking and felting $2 per oz
• Hand spun wool in many colours for $4 - 4.50 per oz
• Handmade cozy slippers, hats and scarves.
Where are we selling this Month?

We will be selling at the:
Grindrod Park Market starting April 11, every Saturday 9 am – 3 pm
Enderby Market starting April 17, every Friday 8 am- 1 pm
You can also come to buy at the farm call or email to make an appointment greengdn@junction.net
Call 250-838-6581
Check out our website www.greencroftgardens.com

• The seed swap was a great event with more then 500 people attending. The Shuswap Seed Savers are hoping to sponsor Percy Schmeiser to also talk in Salmon Arm.

• The Okanagan Greens Society is working with GE Free BC to bringing Percy Schmeiser from Saskatchewan as their keynote speaker to attend the 4th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival, which is taking place on Sunday September 20, 2009 at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna.   /www.percyschmeiser.com

Interesting Events
Introduction to Permaculture will happen in April in Falkland

For more information see:
or contact Monique at mrichoux@telus.net 

The Farmers and Organizers of the Kootenay Grain CSA
Would like to invite you to join their Grain CSA.

Dear 2008 Grain CSA Shareholders and Prospective 2009 Shareholders,
We have finalized our decisions regarding the size, composition, and cost of each 2009 Kootenay Grain CSA share. Attached to this email, please find an order form for your share. Also, along with this form, we have included an explanation of how our CSA works, how you will make a difference by choosing to support local farmers, and why several changes have been made to the nature of this year's share.
If you would like to become a member of the 2009 Kootenay Grain CSA, please print the attached order form, fill it out, and mail it, along with your cheque, to the address provided.
Anyone who is interested in this opportunity email me and I will forward the order form and more info

Fieldstone Granary OPEN HOUSE!

April 4th, 2009
10:00AM to 4:00PM
at the mill 4851 Schubert Road
Armstrong, BC
Directions from Hwy 97A turn off highway at lights at Armstrong. Turn right at stop sign. (McDonalds on right) follow the road down it makes a forced left turn. Go to next stop turn right over railroad tracks. Continue straight, hardware on left, tractor dealer on left. Next road is Wood Ave. Turn left and continue through 4-way stop at Co-op gas station. Follow along fairgrounds on left, school on right, past apartment blocks. The next road on your right is the start of Schubert Road. Travel 8.5 kilometers down Schubert Road. Mill is on your left. 4851.
Come and tour Fieldstone Granary, listen to 3 speakers:

• Steve Snider from New Norway, Alberta will talk about Green Manure and Crop Rotation, Intercropping, he operates Red Hen Mills, selling organic grains and fertilizer. He is an experienced organic farmer, and a staunch supporter of green manuring. He recently spoke on this at the Going Organic Network, of which he is president. He also gave a 2 day transition workshop at this event, He has been named one of the Outstanding Young Farmers of the Year.

• Heather Deegan will talk about Health Benefits of Local Food

• Andrea Gunner talks on local food production and consumption

Snacks and refreshments will be served
Get Involved!
Hazardous Waste Drop off at Christina Lake
Contact the group opposed to the project!
For more info contact Richard White  rgwhite1@telus.net /www.protectchristinalake.ca

Stop the planting of GM Sugar Beets - Take Instant Action to Keep Canadian Sugar GM-Free!

Please circulate widely –
Take action before April 8!
SEND AN INSTANT EMAIL TODAY to Rogers Sugar/Lantic from www.cban.ca/sugaraction

Take Action before April 8, 2009!

Canadian sugar company Lantic Inc. (Rogers Sugar and Lantic brands) is deciding right now to accept or reject Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) sugar beet. Lantic Inc. is the only sugar company in Canada that processes sugar beet (grown in Alberta) but the GM sugar beet will only be planted if Lantic allow it. Lantic sugar is currently GM-Free. Stop GM sugar beets from being planted this April!

Send an email to Edward Makin, the President of Lantic Inc. asking him to keep Canadian sugar GM-Free www.cban.ca/sugaraction

Act now before Lantic allows the planting of GM sugar beet! For more info: www.cban.ca/sugarbeet

This sugar beet is genetically modified to be resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and is currently applied to sugar beet used for processing into sugar (as opposed to red table beets).

1) Send your instant email from http://www.cban.ca/sugaraction
2) Print and distribute postcards to send to Lantic Inc. http://www.cban.ca/sugarbeet
3) Print the Action Alert with the cut-off postcard http://www.cban.ca/sugarbeet
4) Write your own letter and fax or mail it to Lantic:

Edward Makin, President and CEO, Lantic Inc.

4026 Notre-Dame St. E. Montreal QC H1W 2k3

Fax: 514 527 1318

Thank you for taking this important action!

For more information see www.cban.ca/sugarbeetor contact Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network coordinator@cban.ca613 241 2267 x 5.

This action alert is sent by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network www.cban.ca - Please donate to support this campaign, you can now donate online at www.cban.ca/donate

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