Monday, August 17, 2020

Ottawa City - Thunderstorm - Tornado warning late afternoon

 Sweet William Farms

August 17, 2020 Monday

139 March Rd, Ottawa, ON
417 West -Exit at Eagleson between Corkstown Rd and Herzberg Rd. 
It was a day to cancel work, it was raining all morning. It cleared at lunch with sunny skies, and we manage to pick up some scrap wood from construction site. Our friends connected us to a company with leftover wood, which then we can use for raise bed. 

As we finish dropping the wood at the farm around 4pm, the sky changed into dark clouds, phones beeping for tornado warning. 

We pick up pallets at Canadian Tire - we just manage to load it in the truck and it poured. Thunder and lightning above our heads. It poured, it was dark. 

The change was so sudden from sunny to roaring thunder and strong rain drops. I don't know if this is classic of August, but just destroys the day and it is very hard to get stuff done. 

But we really did have stuff done. 
This morning, I came to pick up patty pan squash with onions at Mikes Harvest on River Rd, nothing better than farm fresh food for lunch and I am very grateful to be surrounded by farmer friends. I brought a little pack of garlic for Mike to try as well. 

Much respect to those who work with the land, and those who work in this ever changing climate. 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Rain, Seedlings Growing ...finally!!! and Mighty 2 Zucchini Harvest and Farm Notes

August 12, 2020, Wednesday

Address: 139 March Rd, Ottawa, ON K2k 2E2 ( Big old Barn)

417 West -Exit at Eagleson between Corkstown Rd and Herzberg Rd. 

It's been a roller coaster, and it was a record breaking drought. Our Rideau Clay soil cracks and swallowed every little of farmer spirit I had. I fall down, hopeless, calling for help. 
The crew came and help me up, comes in cash, mulch and cheers for my tired spirit. 

The rain came, come really hard. and Now my seedlings are starting to grow. Its August and my seedlings are just starting. Well...better late than never. They will be cover crop --- these are opportunity for land remediation. 

There are success that I should tell you over and over again...because it defined us as farmers. 

Community Farmers coming together in the heat of July to help us mulch. 

Mai - fundraising for her birthday, which we use for water barrels and future "fall build" for rain harvesting compost system and youth skill building. 

Catherine Landry - who tirelessly send shouts outs - and support  every single day. 

It rained yesterday, I went out to get some supplies and back again. 

I just missed Johanna of NCC to visit our farm,  and see our work and probably take picture to send this farm for bidding again. 

Cara Leigh of the Food Bank - in Kanata is ready to accept our first produce of Food Bank Plot. 

The pollinator garden bed is thriving, bees we go. 

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