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The busy Organic Conference weekend is over. We’ve got quite a few insights, a whole new list of “to-dos”, and some exciting news!  The exciting news is that we are going to be farming with Tarrah Young and Nathan Carey at Green Being Farm as part of their “incubaternship” program.  An incubator farm is where new farmers can have a chance to do all their own projects with some support from a farmer for land, equipment, etc. Farmstart (http://www.farmstart.ca/about-us/) is well-known for their incubator farm.  Seb and I serendipitously stumbled upon the opportunity to work with Green Being and their “incubaternship” program which melds together both getting started with support, and continuing to be an intern part-time.  At first, our love for our community in the city of Guelph was preventing us from considering leaving for another season (we only just returned)- but we are confident this will be a big step for us in developing our skills, and long term vision.

In other news, this Friday will be our first Algonquin winter camping trip of the year!  Wish us lots of luck and far below zero temperatures!

I also forgot to mention last post that we built bee hives at the beginning of January!  I’ll post a picture of the finished hive soon, and describe the fabulous science/spirituality of biodynamic beekeeping and warre hives (I still have lots to learn myself)…

Finally, another fun thing to note is that we’ve been busy testing the viability (life) of our seeds.  Some seeds last 5+ years, others less.  We’ve got a lot of seeds from the last 5 years that we’re not sure are going to grow or not.  We are doing something called Germination testing.  We put seeds on paper towel, keep them moist (in plastic bags), then count how many start sprouting and develop a percentage of how many will grow when planting time comes.  If 16 out of 20 germinate we estimate an 80% germination rate- good enough to keep and use the seed this season.  If 10 out of 20 (50%) sprout, we may not keep the seeds around unless to grow them out for more seed.

I’ll post a picture of our dehydrator-turned-“Germinator 3000” set-up soon. 

And I’ll leave you with some poetic food for thought….

A poem read to us my a great presenter and speaker at the Organic Conference, Miriam MacGillis:

Prospective Immigrants by Adrienne Rich

Either you will
go through this door
or you will not go through.

If you go through
there is always the risk
of remembering your name.

Things look at you doubly
and you must look back
and let them happen.

If you do not go through
it is possible
to live worthily

to maintain your attitudes
to hold your position
to die bravely

but much will blind you,
much will evade you,
at what cost who knows?

The door itself
makes no promises.
It is only a door.
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