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It Feels Like Christmas Morning in the Sweet Potato Patch

By Cam Mather Remember that feeling on Christmas morning when you were a kid, unwrapping those presents with such great anticipation? I still get it, even with the gifts that I purchase for myself months before Christmas, because with the gradual loss of brain function of my 52 year-old brain, I’ve often forgotten what I …

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The All-In-One Independent Living/Preparation/Homesteading Workshop

By Cam Mather On October 20th we will be hosting the “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop” again here at Sunflower Farm. I think the workshop gets better each year. Every year we take more steps towards independence and self-sufficiency and so we have more …

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Back to the Future – Freezing Zero-Carbon Corn

By Cam Mather North Americans just have no idea how much energy goes into getting food on our plates. If we did, we’d all walk around in a big grateful daze saying “Thank you farmers, thank you Jolly Green Giant, thank you cheap energy….” and never get anything done. I used the “Back to the …

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Week #11 of the CSA

By Cam Mather Sunflower Farm CSA is really humming along. Last week was # 11 and the workload is finally manageable. The boxes are getting heavier and the feedback continues to be positive. We are switching from ‘lighter’ stuff like lettuce and spinach to more fall stuff like carrots, potatoes, onions, summer squash (zucchini), corn …

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The Great Sunflower Farm Food Experiment

By Cam Mather Ever notice how everything gets blown out of proportion these days? Everything has to be a big deal. You can’t just cycle across the country like people did 20 years ago, now you’ve got to come up with a cause, and a slogan, and a Mission Statement, and at the very least, …

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We’re Not Crying Over Our Onions This Year!

By Cam Mather Every year there are some things that do well in my garden and some things that don’t. Some of my failures (and successes) are weather related, sometimes its related to the cultivar that I’ve planted and some times my successes and failures are related to my planting strategies. I discuss this extensively …

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Sunflower “Garlic” Farm

By Cam Mather The garlic harvest is in, and it’s been a good year. Now the work begins cleaning it. I like growing garlic because I get to plant it in the fall. When it’s cool. And wet. It used to take me a few days. Now it takes more than a month. We bought …

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Raccoons in the Neighbourhood

By Cam Mather I once watched a documentary about bacteria that are becoming resistant to multiple antibiotics like MRSE (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis). It used to be that bacteria had to encounter an antibiotic to become resistant to it. Once it had been in contact it would figure out a way to get around it, kind …

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Planet On Fire

By Cam Mather (Note from Michelle: Cam actually wrote this post in late May but I forgot to post it until now. Interestingly enough, the summer has carried on as it began with record high temperatures and the worst drought that we’ve experienced in our 14 years here at Sunflower Farm.) I’ve noticed a strange …

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How I Found the Meaning of Life, Alone, In a Strawberry Field

By Cam Mather Many people spend their whole life in search of meaning and substance. They want answers to the big questions like, “Is this all there is?” and “What’s it all about?” and “Is this what I’m destined to do?” Some people try and achieve it through meditation. Some use religion. Some hope people …

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