Bad weather, but decent sprouts

Bad weather, but decent sprouts

Well, the weather is still crap, but with the heating cables the sprouts are still doing decently.  They are still only about 70% of what their potential is, but I have planted extra trays to make up for it. I thought I would post a picture of the new sprout site, to show its urban […]

Weather Sucks

Weather Sucks

Well, the weather really sucks right now for growing sprouts so I have been utilizing heat cables as a supplement.  They work very well and really improve growth.  Depending on the day temperature I either leave them on just at night or all day and night.  They have definitely helped salvage a few batches!  As […]

Back to the Blog

Back to the Blog

Well, I have been a very naughty blogger (insert spanking joke here), so I am going to try and give an update to bring ya’ll up to speed. After a difficult search for land I finally found a spot about 5 minutes from my house.  The location is perfect for sprouts – good sun, fenced […]

On the lookout for land!

On the lookout for land!

Well, after a very successful season I am pretty much fully wrapped up now.  I should have my production manual finished within the next 2 months and will soon start doing seed trials for next season as I am considering trying to get my production Certified Organic.  There may be a few challenges since I […]

improved machete shot

improved machete shot

Thought I would post, for redemption’s sake, some new and improved videos of the machete harvest.  One is a close up of the cut and the other is a longer version of a series of cuts to give you an idea how the harvest operates: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBh93BEtU34] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kggRr9hGthY]

Deconstruction

Deconstruction

Well, I have started taking apart the sprouting system to store it for the winter.  It was the first time I had been out to the set up in a fgew weeks and it felt pretty strange to not be growing sprouts! As promised I have a video for you of me on my bike […]

A week without sprouts

A week without sprouts

Well, the sprout season is over and the downtime is nice.  But I am already looking ahead to next season.  My biggest challenge will be finding a piece of suitable land in the city for production.  I do have a few leads but still have some looking to do. I will also be making a […]

All done!

All done!

Well, that’s it.  The season is now over! 2500 bags of sprouts later! I am now about to get into writing about the project. It feels good to be done, but I am already thinking about next year.  I am still hoping to get a mechanical sprout harvester designed and built (though this is becoming […]

The dreaded manual

The dreaded manual

Well, now that production is mostly under control it is timeto start writing the production manual for small-scale and urban sunflower sprout production.  This will be quite a project and wil include an annotated version of the Code of Practice for the Hygienic Production of Sprouts (CFIA document) and all documents referenced therein; a step-by-step […]

Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

And on we go still. Just did the Saturday market today after doing the Friday harvest by myself for the first time.  It took two of us six hours to do the harvest and it took me seven on my own.  Go figure.  However, I find it was easier to keep the harevst area cleaner […]