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Green Croft Gardens News

What’s happening on the farm?

The last carrots and beets have been seeded. We are starting to recover after the cold wet spring and early summer and with the heat everything is growing like crazy, including the weeds.

Our low field (called dip field for a reason) is still under water. Wolf almost seeded carrots in this field and then he decided to not do it. Lucky for us!  With the high water we lost all our green house crops..... no tomatoes this year, but all our main crops in the fields are okay. We have great help this year and got a good weeding crew and extra pickers just in time. 

My seed garden is doing great, I planted all the rescued blueberry bushes that grew in a thistle patch as a hedge around it. They are happy and will have blueberries as a thanks. Check out farm photos on our facebook page.

With the increased acreage in production and so much more preparing produce for market, restaurants and buyers we had to make the decision to cut out the Vernon Friday Night Market. We miss our great customers there. Sometimes you have to re-access what you are doing. Two markets in a row and getting home at 8.30 or 9 pm and then packing for Saturday Kelowna market got too exhausting and not profitable for us. Hope to see some of our Vernon customers at the other markets we attend.

I am quite involved in the community festivals in Grindrod with the first one happening this Saturday. The kids (mainly Philip and his band) got me into this one and now that they all left I became the organizer. I am working with a great team that came together last minute. Hope many of you can make it to the Grindrod Musik and Arts Festival, Saturday, July 21. 

The Farm Animals

Lily and the goats moved into our new pig pen to do some clearing. Thanks Simon! He build the new pig pen on his days off. 

Our ewe ‘Doppa’ had twin ewe lambs from the young ram beginning of June and it looks like Muffi will still have lambs. Our ewe ‘Snowflake’ looks like she is enjoying a year off from having babies. Our rams got butchered even the young one (his horns grew into his neck) and I am planing to trade for a young ram from a breeder in the Kootenays and trade rams with a breeder in Coldstream. I think my ewes will be covered. More Chicks hatched so now I have 22 new potential chicken, hopefully more the half are hens. The Wellsummer chickens are not very good layers and will end up as soup chickens sooner then later........so I am still looking for good brown egg layers. The horses have been teaching little and big girls, but now it gets too busy and they get time off till fall.

Market Dates

  11 am - 1 pm at the Kingfisher Hall

  9 am - 1 pm at the corner of Springfield and Dilworth across from the Orchard Park Mall. 

Products Available for July and August...

Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Red Kale, Green Kale, Black Kale, Portuguese Kale (best kale for wraps, great taste!), Lettuce many varieties, Radicchio Sugarloaf, Rainbow Chard, Curly Parsley, Italian Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Carrots, Beets (candy, golden, red), Peas (snow, snap and shelling), Early Cabbage (round and pointed heads, sweet and tender), New Potatoes (many varieties, try a great tasting white potato with purple skin 'Purple Carib', lots of Sieglinde), Assorted Zucchini, Fava Beans, Raspberries, Strawberries, Escarole and Frisee, Sprouting Broccoli, Broccoli, Black Currants, Beans, Artichokes, Onions, Pickling Cukes and Dill and many more to come!


Mark your calendar and come and enjoy all Grindrod Events!

July 21         Grindrod Musik & Arts Festival

July 29         No-Wake Flotilla (Lower Shuswap Stewardship Society event)

Aug 11&12   Grindrod Days 

Aug 19         Grindrod Garlic Festival

Do you have a favorite recipe?

Email us your favorite summer recipe with cabbage and pick up one free cabbage at any market we attend.

First 10 recipes will get this deal. Email to greencroftgardens@mybcdc.ca

Food for Thought

Smart Meters? 

We will be there!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Drill Hall on Highway 97 next to the Century 21 offices toward the south end of town.

         Two excellent studies you might find of interest.

Radiofrequency (RF) Sickness in the Lilienfeld Study: An Effect of Modulated Microwaves?

- Ana G. Johnson Liakouris Archives of Environmental Health – May/June 1998 [Vol.53 (No.3)]http://www.aseq-ehaq.ca/ma_emfs/pdf/studies/Radio_frequency_sickness.pdf

Use of Cellular Phones Aboard Airplanes in Flight Marjorie Lundaquist., Ph.D . Bioelectromagnetic Hygienist http://ecfsdocs.fcc.gov/filings/2005/05/27/5512779511.h tml

Oops there goes another Smart Meter | stopsmartmetersbc AND YOU KNOW WHAT’S REALLY SCARY? DATA ON SMART METER FIRES ARE NOT BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE PROVINCIAL FIRE COMMISSIONER “There is no code for smart meters.”


 Fiona Taylor, one of the heads of the smart meter team, caught on tape with many misleading, incorrect statements: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/html/?p=1775

Members in Nakusp have reported that Corix installers are saying if they have to come back, it will cost $500. Just another scare tactic, and people need to demand this be put into writing. Of course, that won’t happen. So people need to report this intimidation tactic to their MLAs, to John Horgan, to the media. They are just doing their best to whittle away at the opposition, but we’re standing firm. And WE WILL BEAT THIS!!!

7) * Please network widely through emails, phone calls, etc. Many are carpooling. We are hoping for overflowing crowds to show all that there is an intense interest from the citizens of the Shuswap -North Okanagan in having the TRUTH exposed.


Wireless technology, with all its attendant applications, has become, and is, a very serious threat to our environment, our health, our national and personal security and the very fabric of our diverse society. The controversy continues to boil over in countries around the globe, some of which are making herculean efforts to reverse the trend and return to a more natural healthy lifestyle.

We in the western world, the so-called seat of democracy, are currently struggling with federal, state and provincial governments who seem determined to force on their electorates dangerous, unwanted and unwarranted wireless technologies, mostly in the power and telecommunications sectors such as cellular phones with their radiation emitting towers and wireless smart meters, which have been banned outright in some nations because the program is deemed a threat to the health and security of their populations.

The concerned citizens of the Little City of Enderby in the north Okanagan/Shuswap are hosting a Free Open Forum for the Okanagan and the Shuswap, specifically targeting the Smart Meter program in British Columbia on 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Drill Hall on Highway 97 next to the Century 21 offices toward the south end of town. 

Everyone is invited including, representatives from BC Hydro, the Liberal Government, mayors & councillors from all jurisdictions and the general public with a desire to learn more about why this program ought to be stopped immediately. Expert evidence as to the negative impact this flawed protocol will have on civilization will be presented by professionals who care.

Ed Murdoch

North Okanagan-Shuswap Smart Meter Awareness Initiatives.

Hope to see you at the market, festivals or at the farm

Wishing you a great summer

Gabriele and the Green Croft Gardens Team

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