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The Boy Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

By Cam Mather Great blog title, eh? That outta drive tons of traffic to our site, if you’re into that whole “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. And no, I don’t have a dragon tattoo, I’m not a web genius and I don’t beat up guys 3 times my weight. But like Steig Larsson’s character, …

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A Day in the Life of a Sunflower Farm Chicken

By Cam Mather This week we are excited to have a guest blogger, Henrietta the chicken. We’ve been trying to get one of the ladies to contribute a blog for a while now but they are a busy, shy bunch. With a little coaxing (and bribing) though we finally succeeded in getting one of chickens …

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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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“Twittering” My Day Away at Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather I’ve ranted on in the past about how much I question the concept of Twitter. Really, who is so interesting that anyone would want to know the minutiae of their lives every 10 minutes? No one is that interesting! Katy Perry? Nope. John Stewart? Well maybe, but it would be disappointing to …

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I’d Better Make it Meaningful

By Cam Mather I spent the morning weeding. On my knees in the brutal heat, with a lot of deer flies buzzing around, pulling weeds from around my corn. It’s highbrow stuff. The kind of thing that could score me a Nobel Prize, or a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As I pulled those …

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Crossing the Gardening Rubicon

By Cam Mather This hasn’t been much of a winter here at Sunflower Farm, just like many places in North America. The area south of us along Lake Ontario had virtually no snow. By the end of the winter in 2008 and 2009 after numerous dumpings of snow we had enormous piles and snow banks …

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It’s Not Bugs in Your Food That You Need to Worry About!

By Cam Mather I saw an article in the Toronto Star newspaper recently about how weevils had been found in some bags of rice. But they just weren’t found in the rice, they had “infiltrated and contaminated” the rice. Really? Contaminated? http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1115473–weevils-found-in-rice-at-real-canadian-superstore-in-toronto After the contaminated bags were removed the area was inspected by a pest-control …

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Life Lessons Learned from my Chickens

By Cam Mather There was a great movie made in 1979 with Shirley MacLaine and Peter Sellers called “Being There.” It’s about a simple gardener who has never left the estate where he has worked his whole life, until his employer dies. Through a number of weird coincidences he manages to ingratiate himself to powerful …

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