Feb23, 2010                                                                                 

Green Croft Gardens News

What’s happening on the Farm?

It feels like spring!

Wolf has started to prepare the greenhouse for seeding, setting up the new heat bench, getting soil and compost ready and bringing his seed flats in the greenhouse.

The spinach from the fall is coming up nicely. we had to cover it because the deer love it and have been helping themselves.

Our fields are drying up a bit and all our raspberries are pruned and the blackberries look alive maybe we will have some this year. Wolf and three other organic growers are planning to buy a compost spreader together and have been checking out a few.

If the weather keeps this up we will be able to spread compost and work the fields early this spring (officially it is still winter).

The Bed and Breakfast renovations have started and other cleanup jobs are underway.

Soon we will do some fence repair and we are hoping to get wood siding onto our workshop.

We are organizing the Grindrod Garlic Festival- check our website for more info and application forms.

The Farm Animals

Since there is no snow in our fields the sheep are roaming in our house pasture and are already trying to find some green shoots. Today we gave them a round bale and we are trying to save the hay with a small woven wire fencing that we wrap around it. Hopefully that works. The sheep think its great to have a nonstop buffet. One of my ewes ‘Snowflake’ is getting very round and slow and a little stand-offish so I would not be surprised to see some lambs arriving soon. This would be very early . Last year the first lamb was born March 26. Sprinkles my older milking goat is not looking too ready to have her kids but you never now, I am keeping my eye on her. Our pet sheep ‘Jenny’ is babysitting her daughter ‘Dekkja’ because we had to put her in a pen to give her medication for a joint infection that she might have got because I cut her hoof to deep when I trimmed them. But she is doing a lot better now and soon they can go in the outside pen.

Grain CSA

Wolf and his partner Pat are planning to organize a Grain CSA and we will keep you posted. CSA members will pay a yearly membership fee which will buy them organic locally grown grain and flour (like spelt, wheat, kamut, rye, buckwheat and golden flax). They are also looking for investors to buy a commercial stone flour mill and sifter.

There is more info at www.wolfgangsgrainandflourmills.ca <http://www.wolfgangsgrainandflourmills.ca> 

Where are we selling this month?

We are selling at:

 Kelowna Winter Market every Saturday!

at the Parkinson Rec Center 9-1pm

February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27    

Enderby Seed Swap, March 6

Kelowna Seed Swap, March 13  

Produce for Sale

Carrots, Rainbow Carrots, Juice Carrots, Potatoes, Beets, Parsnips, Sunchokes, Cabbage, Wool and Wool Products, Fresh ground organic Flour.

Recipe of the Month

Parsnip Buttermilk Pie

This may look like pumpkin pie, but it tastes nothing like it - it’s sweet and tangy, with a delicate mousse-like texture. serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Serves 8-10

For the Crust

1 1/2 unbleached spelt flour

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

1tsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten

For the Filling

2 lbs parsnips, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks

1 1/2 cups of buttermilk

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Make the Crust

Combine the flour,butter, sugar and salt and mix until the butter blends into the flour and the mixture resembles a coarse meal.

Mix 3 Tablespoons ice-cold water and the egg yolk in a small bowl, add the yolk mixture  to flour mixture and mix until just combined. Transfer dough to a work surface and bring it together with your hands. Shape it into a 1 inch disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Roll  out dough on floured surface and line a 12 inch pie pan with it, prick the dough all over with a fork. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Pre-bake the Pie Crust

position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 425 F. Line dough with foil or parchment, fill with dried beans, and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F and carefully remove the foil and beans and continue to bake until the bottom looks dry and the edges are light golden, this will take 5-8 minutes.

Cool completely before filling.

Make the Filling

Boil the parsnip until tender when pierced with a fork, 12-15 minutes and drain in a colander and let them steam under a clean kitchen towel for about 5 minutes. Mash with a potato masher. Measure 2 cups of mashed parsnip and the buttermilk in a blender and mix until smooth. Transfer into mixing bowl and with a whisk beat in the sugar, eggs, salt and spices. whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Bake the Pie

Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake at 350 F for about 1 hour until the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the filling comes out clean. Cool on rack for at least 1 hour. Serve at room temperature.

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.

Felting Workshop

I am offering 3 consecutive felting workshops, at our farm Sunday March 14, 1-4pm, March 21, 1-4pm and March 28, 1-4pm

The first workshop on March 14, will teach you about wool and what you can do with it and it includes hands-on felting. 

The second workshop on March 21, will teach you how to make a flat felt piece like potholders, wall hanging, etc.

The third workshop on March 28, will teach you how to make a molded piece like slippers or a bowl

Cost is $ 30 per person per workshop, this includes wool to make felt.

Pre-register by March13 

call Gabriele 250-838-6581 or email greengdn@junction.net <mailto:greengdn@junction.net> 

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 natural colours for $4 - 5 per oz 

Handmade cozy slippers, hats and scarves. 

Farm gate Sales

You can come and buy directly from the farm 

call or email to make an appointment greengdn@junction.net <mailto:greengdn@junction.net>    Call  250-838-6581

Food for Thought

La Via Campesina Call to Action

 17 April 2010 - Join the International Day of Peasant Struggle: Say ‘No!’ to Corporate Control of Agriculture and Food!


To commemorate the International Day of Peasant Struggle on April 17th 2010, the international peasant movement La Via Campesina calls upon member organisations, allies and supporters to unite against transnational corporations (TNCs), which seek complete control over food and agriculture systems around the world.

 On April 17th 1996, nineteen landless Brazilian peasants who were defending their right to produce food by demanding access to land were massacred by the military police. Since the massacre at El Dorado dos Carajás, every year on this date actions are organised around the world by farmers’ organisations, communities, student groups, non-governmental organizations and activists, in order to demand food sovereignty and peasants’ rights to produce food.


The year 2009 ended with three international summits: the Food and Agriculture Organization World Summit on Food Security in Rome, the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Geneva and the United Nations’ Climate Summit in Copenhagen. At each event, TNCs displayed their intention to control food and agriculture systems, markets, lands, seeds and water—indeed all of nature—worldwide. TNCs such as Monsanto Company, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland and Nestlé deployed armies of lobbyists at these events to shape policies to their benefit.

 For example, US-based Monsanto Company is lobbying to receive public subsidies for Roundup Ready soybeans, which are genetically-modified to resist glyphosate (sold by the corporation as Roundup), the most widely used herbicide in the world. Monsanto claims Roundup Ready soybeans reduce climate change because resistance to Roundup means the soybeans can be grown without ploughing the soil (which releases carbon dioxide), known as ‘no tillage’ or ‘conservation tillage’ agriculture. Monsanto argues that it should therefore be eligible for carbon credits from the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.

Yet the reality is that Monsanto and other TNCs are some of the primary contributers to climate change and other environmental crises, because they promote an unsustainable model of industrial agriculture.

Additionally, TNCs exacerbate poverty and economic recession, worldwide. As they consolidate their control over lands and agricultural markets, TNCs expel small farmers and peasants from their lands and reduce employment opportunities in rural areas, thereby swelling urban slums with even more desperate and unemployed families.

 TNCs are making huge profits while hunger and poverty are on the rise. Thus, an offensive against TNCs is now a priority for La Via Campesina. Our movement envisions a world in which TNCs such as Monsanto, Cargill, Carrefour and Walmart, and their destruction of nature and humanity, will cease to exist. To replace them will be billions of peasants on small and medium-sized farms, producing healthy food for local and regional markets, preserving biodiversity, protecting water aquifers, sequestering carbon and revitalizing rural economies.

To mark the 17th of April 2010, La Via Campesina calls upon its members and allies to join forces and increase resistance against TNCs, and to amplify the voices and rights of peasants worldwide.


What can you do?

To raise awareness about the destruction being caused by TNCs, and the benefits of peasant agriculture, organise an event or action in your community, school, city or organization. Possible events might be a protest, public debate, direct action, film screening, farmers' market, heirloom seed exchange, song or picture contest; 

Subscribe to La Via Campesina’s 17th of April mailing list to stay informed about the actions being organised around the world, to receive our mobilisation kit, and to tell others about your plans. Subscribe here: http://viacampesina.net/mailman/listinfo/via.17april_viacampesina.net <http://viacampesina.net/mailman/listinfo/via.17april_viacampesina.net> 

Tell us what you are planning as early as possible to be included in the activities' list published on www.viacampesina.org <http://www.viacampesina.org/> 

Send us pictures, articles and videos after the event at viacampesina@viacampesina.org <mailto:viacampesina@viacampesina.org> 


Enderby Seed Swap




                  SATURDAY MARCH 6, 2010 10am to 3pm

1. Tables will be furnished and set in place with name of vendor.

              (Doors will be open at 8am to set up.)

2. Charge for table:  $10.00 plus an item for the Silent Auction.

   (Between 9:30am and 10:00am someone will come to your table to

    pick up the money and item.)

3. You must have your table set up by 9:30 or lose your space. 

4. Please let us know by February 15th if you will attend the event

    and how many tables you need.

5. Please bring Heritage seeds for the Seed Bank if you have any to


 REPLY BY E-MAIL OR PHONE 250-832-2355.  


Harriet Hall:  10:30 AM to 11 AM "Growing a Winter Vegetable Garden"

Afke Zonderland:  11:15 PM to 12 noon "Eating Organic on a Budget"

Susie Walsh:  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM "From Seeds of Survival to Seeds

of Resilience"

DVD "Tableland" 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Bio for Susie:  Susie is a dynamic speaker and will use practical and

successful stories from around the world, to support the need for vibrant,

rural communities and healthy ecosystems - all of which start from seed!

(She will probably want to show a powerpoint show of pictures.)

Kelowna Seed Swap

March 13th at our new location,  the Student Services Building at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road.    

We are merging with the Traveling World Community Film Festival,  which should make for a great event.  


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