Sunday, April 1, 2012

Farm Talk: April on the Farm

Hello Farm Folk,

Farm Update:
As veggie growers, we aim to start planting as early as possible. There's so much planting to do in spring, and if we can get a jumpstart on it in early April, we'll be able to harvest earlier, while reducing our May/June stress level. Planting in early April is always the dream scenario, and this year our dream may come true! The April planting goals are ambitious: 135,000 onions, the peas, kale, chard, beets, carrots, salad greens, Asian greens, and arugula to name a few. In April we'll also be adding about an acre of strawberries and asparagus - perennials that we'll start harvesting in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Further, since it is our first year full-time on Elm Grove Farm in Sutton, we have a lot of infrastructure pieces to put in place --- building a refrigeration room and the greenhouse, setting up irrigation, getting the right equipment, etc. In balancing infrastructure and planting needs, we have our work cut out for us in April. But after a winters worth of planning and preparation, we couldn't be happier to get back to the physical work --- the part we love best!

The Cutting Veg CSA --- Early bird special extended
As we opened CSA registration later than usual this year, we will be extending our early-bird-special to April 20th. Register by this date, and get two weeks free! A CSA is a mutually beneficial partnership in which individuals or families receive fresh, local, organically grown produce weekly, while supporting local farmers and sustainable growing practices. The Cutting Veg Organic Farm grows local, organic produce, and community members come to their chosen depot once a week from June to October, to choose their weekly share. You can get more info and register now at www.thecuttingveg.com/CSA

Vehicle Needed:
Do you have a vehicle that you no longer need? The Cutting Veg is looking for a cheap or free vehicle that we can use throughout the season to carpool interns and volunteers to the farm. Please let us know if you can help.

Fruit Tree Care Workshops in Toronto
Growing for Green is offering a series of fruit tree care workshops in mid-town Toronto. Topics cover Introduction to Fruit Trees (choosing trees for your orchard), Beginners Fruit Tree Care (pruning and annual care), and Advanced Fruit Tree Care (grafting/budding). For more information visit www.communityorchard.ca.

Farmers Favourite Crops:
One of our favourite spring crops to grow is arugula. As arugula is cold hardy and resistant to frost, it can generally be planted in early to mid April in southern Ontario, which means we can harvest it by mid to late May. Arugula is very satisfying to grow, as it comes on quickly, and in abundance. And it's also a joy to be creative in how you prepare arugula. In addition to the endless arugula salad creations, it's fun to make arugula pesto, or sauté it with onions and garlic as a side dish. To be able to delight in these fresh greens after a long winter is deeply nourishing --- for the body, and the tastebuds.

That's all the news from the farm for this week. Until next time, Keep Livin' on the Veg!

The Cutting Veg Farm Team

P.S. Remember to take advantage of our CSA early bird special: www.thecuttingveg.com/CSA. And let us know if have a vehicle that you no longer need.
Daniel Hoffmann
Organic Farmer
The Cutting Veg
(647)388-7444
www.thecuttingveg.com
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