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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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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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Scarecrows in My Garden

By Cam Mather Nature abhors a vacuum. I discovered this here at Sunflower Farm many years ago. Any exposed, unoccupied soil will have weeds sprouting within days and be covered in a week. If we get any rain during a summer fighting them becomes a full-time endeavor. And so it was that nature stepped in …

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A CSA Update

By Cam Mather So here it is, July 10th and I haven’t provided an update about the CSA in this blog yet. That’s because it has CONSUMED MY LIFE! I was kind of hoping to start deliveries during the 3rd or 4th week of June, but because of the insane heat and early warmth, everything …

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Homesteading is a Messy Game

By Cam Mather Mother Earth News was recently preparing an article about homesteading and asked me a bunch of questions, one of which was “What are the biggest misconceptions people have about homesteading and homemaking?”  My answer was “That homesteading can be tidy and that every homestead is picture-perfect. The truth is it’s a messy, …

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Just Corn and Tomatoes, Thank You Very Much

By Cam Mather We’ve been setting up our produce stand in town for 6 weeks now and it’s going very well. It’s been a fantastic learning experience. When you hear a person commenting on what a great learning experience something has been, it usually means things aren’t going well and they’re trying to look on …

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Presenting My Gardening Workshop to the Queen

By Cam Mather I’ve got to tell you that I’m pretty pumped! I’m doing my “All You Can Eat Gardening Workshop” for the Queen this weekend. Well at least I’m doing it at “The Royal Botanical Gardens” in Hamilton/Burlington. And since it’s “her” botanical gardens, I figure the odds are pretty good she’ll be there. …

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Morgan the Wonder Dog Can Read My Mind

By Cam Mather Shortly after moving to Sunflower Farm, some friends from the city offered us a dog. They decided he was too “spirited” for life in the city. He’s a Shetland Sheepdog, also known as a “Sheltie”. So we stopped by the next time we were in the city and met him. Michelle and …

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