irrigation is in…

irrigation is in…

Well, The irrigation line to the sunflower and no-till area wen tin last week.  I spent a day on a machine digging trenches and then had the Farm apprentices to help with the installation and filling of the trenches.  Here is the water line leading to where the sprout harvest table will be: So I […]

Market Dates Established

Market Dates Established

I got my market dates confirmed yesterday and I will be doing at least 35 markets this year.  I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!  I had budgeted 40, but 35 is OK – and I will not have full production for all of them as I wil sometimes to […]

Here Comes the Seeds, doo doo doo doo

Here Comes the Seeds, doo doo doo doo

Today, the first batch of seed arrived!! It was a bit crazy receiving these big bags of seeds today. I guess I really am committed to this project! I have not yet established a good storage space at the farm so the seeds are currently being stored in a second floor closet at home: I […]

Reflections

Reflections

I am currently running two personal projects at UBC Farm. The main one is developing a model for urban sunflower sprout production under the direction of Brent Skura; the other is the development of a permanent “no-till” field at the farm. It is the no-till project that is the focus of my CSL, which has […]

Building Benches and Clearing Land

Building Benches and Clearing Land

Well, I started building my benches this week, and the sprout area has been mostly cleared of blackberries but it looks like i will still have to do some by hand.  When the tractor was in clearing the brush a salmon berry stem punctured the radiator!! For the benches I have just built the bench […]

Next Trials

Next Trials

Well, after a relatively successful first trial I am happy to say that I can now demonstrate how not to do a trial! It’s not that bad, but because I am so busy it is hard to be as precise with details. These trials are looking at different growing mediums – mixes of sand and […]

Bring on the Seeds

Bring on the Seeds

So I mentioned briefly I my last post that I bought my seeds. I purchased 15 bags @ $90 (US) each, so now I am definitely committed to this project! Based on my greenhouse growing trials I really had no choice – these seeds just performed too well! So that should be enough seeds for […]

irrigation

irrigation

So this is my first post that will be included in two of my blogs.  Big whoopty doo. I touched base with Tim Carter at UBC Farm today about preparing the site for the sunflower sprout project and the no-till project.  I let him know I had purchased my seeds – oh, did I mention […]