Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Farm Update:
It's been such a lovely start to the farming season. Thanks to a great combination of rain, sun, and hard working volunteers, the crops are absolutely thriving. We've been harvesting rhubarb, green onions, arugula, asparagus, and green garlic since mid-May. Meanwhile, the salad greens, kale, chard, broccoli, parsley, cabbage, beets, and carrots are all not far behind. The heat-lovers (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc) are in the ground and starting to take root. AND THE GARLIC! More info on this below. In short...The Cutting Veg crops and people are flourishing!

How Parenting Has Made Me a Better Farmer
No parent likes it when their kids kvetch (whine), but last week I heard the best-kvetch-of-all-time! My four-year-old-daughter, in her whiniest voice: "Daddy, I want to plant." Yup, my daughter Ayla is ready for her first farm bed of her own. Yay! Parenting has forced me to become a better farmer in ways I didn't anticipate. Why? I simply don't have the same amount of time to manage my crops that I did in the past. And so, I have had to become smarter and more efficient. This spring, more than ever, I have abandoned my planting schedule, and planted when rains are anticipated. Sure enough, all my crops are thriving, and 9 weeks into the farming season, I have yet to water once. Less time watering = more time with family. And I better keep learning how to farm better and smarter....because we've got another baby on the way, due June 26th!

Garlic Update
We planted 45,000 cloves of garlic last October, and they are looking amazing this spring! The nice mix of rain and sun we've had on the farm, in combination with our amazingly rich sandy loam soil, has our garlic crop on track to be the most robust ever. We are growing 23 varieties in total this year. 14 of them will be available to the community, including Persian Star, Sicilian Gold, Northern Quebec, and the stunning Rose de Lautrec. Coming soon: Cuban Purple, Guatemalan, Transylvanian, Japanese, and Tibetan! We will be in touch when we start taking orders in June.

Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in getting your hands in the soil? Our farm is in Sutton, ON, approximately 1 hour from Toronto. Our primary volunteer day is Sundays, from 7:30am-3:30pm (flexible). Volunteer activities include a combination of planting, weeding, harvesting, preparing veg for market, plant care, etc. Helping out on the farm is a great opportunity to learn practical growing skills, and to meet wonderful like-minded folks. No commitment necessary -- come as frequently or infrequently as you like. Email daniel@thecuttingveg.com for more info.

Hope to see you on the farm soon. Until then, Keep Livin' on the Veg!

Farmer D

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GARLIC POETRY, by Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann


Close to the Ground

Creation theology...is interested in the nature
of nature, and the nature of humanity, and
the interplay between the two of them.
──Ellen Bernstein. p. 42
Creation Theology
in New Jewish Feminism. Probing the Past.
Forging the Future. Ed. Rabbi Elyse Goldstein


All of it.
The dried
garlic stalks,
brittle from
the summer
drought;
the farmer
in his khaki
shirt, torn
pants and
cracked boots;
the scurrying
crickets we
disturb as
we unearth
Israeli garlic
bulbs, fat
with life,
despite the
long, hot summer.
Mandy, James and Ethan.
Maybe particularly
Mandy, with her
shining eyes
and sweetness,
her quiet respect
as she teaches
her almost five-year old─
close to the ground,
James. Pull the stalks
close to the ground.


Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann 2nd August 2016
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Free Bulb of Russian Garlic

Hello Garlic Lovers!

I am on a mission to encourage people to eat and grow local, organic garlic. Thus, I will offer a free bulb of Russian Garlic (to anyone who will come to the farm to get it) to sample or plant (or both!). Interested? Contact daniel@thecuttingveg.com to arrange to get your free bulb. More info about our garlic at http://bit.ly/12wbLh

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Free Bulb of Persian Garlic

Hello Garlic Lovers!

I am on a mission to encourage people to eat and grow local, organic garlic. Thus, I will offer a free bulb of Persian Garlic (to anyone who will come to the farm to get it) to sample or plant (or both!). Interested? Contact daniel@thecuttingveg.com to arrange to get your free bulb.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Join us for the 10th Annual Garlic Harvest: Aug 2nd & 3rd

Hello Farm Folk,

It's time for the 10th Annual Garlic Harvest, and we've got approximately 40,000 bulbs of Persian, Korean, Italian, Russian, Israeli and 14 other varieties to harvest and hang in the barn to cure! Please join us for the garlic harvest on Sunday, August 2nd, and/or Monday, Aug 3rd (Civic Holiday) from 7:30am-4pm. And note that there will be live, interactive hand-drumming on the farm on the Monday, courtesy of Rhythmic By Nature (www.rhythmicbynature.com). Join us for two of the most fun days of the year on the farm! If you are interested in helping with the garlic harvest, please rsvp to daniel@thecuttingveg.com and let me know which day you want to come, and if you need directions to the farm, or a lift. Looking forward to harvesting garlic with you very soon!

Daniel

P.S. If you would like to place a garlic order, and haven't done so yet, please do so at http://bit.ly/12wbLh

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Update on your 2015 Garlic Crop

Hello Garlic Lovers,

We wanted to share the exciting news that the 2015 Garlic Crop is looking spectacular! 40,000 bulbs are growing on the farm in Sutton, and they're big and beautiful! We're growing 17 different varieties this year, and 12 will be available to growers and eaters alike: Israeli, Polish, French (Rose de Lautrec), Persian, Russian, Italian, Salt Spring Island, Sicilian, Former Yugoslavia, Korean, Ukrainian, and Chinese .

Starting with only 100 bulbs in 2005, this year's anticipated harvest of 40,000 falls on the 10th anniversary of the origin of our crop. Within a few weeks, we will notify you by email when we start taking orders.

We look forward to sharing in our garlic crop with you. Until then, Keep Livin' On the Veg!

Daniel

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rural & Urban Farming Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Farm Folk,

Interested in playing an active role on an organic farm this year? We have opportunities to help out on both our rural and urban farms!

At our rural farm in Sutton, ON, volunteer activities include a combination of planting, weeding, harvesting, preparing veg for market, plant care, etc. Helping out on the farm is a great opportunity to learn practical growing skills, to meet wonderful like-minded folks, and to take home organic veg! If you are interested in volunteering on our farm in Sutton this year, please email daniel@thecuttingveg.com for more info.

The Backyard Farm & Market at Erin Mills, a collaboration of The Daniels Corporation, Garden Jane, and The Cutting Veg, is also welcoming volunteers. We are currently accepting applications for our Volunteer Coordinator Positions and our Site Coordinator Positions. Please follow the instructions in the links to apply. Additionally, we will soon be welcoming volunteers to help with The Backyard gardens and farmers market. If you would like to be kept in the loop, please email volunteer@embackyardfarm.com.

Happy spring, and I hope to see you on one of our farms soon!

Daniel