We're here! And officially residents of St. Albert, the cheese curd capital of Canada!
The ground is covered in ice but you can feel that spring is right around the corner - and that means work! Until we can stick our hands in the ground, Jonny and I will be spending our days unpacking boxes, organizing the farmhouse, taking care of TWO cats and a dog, and reading our Canadian Organic Growers magazines.
We spent the day at a conference in Cornwall. Eco Farm Day educates farmers and farming enthusiasts about growing organically and gives people the chance to network, learn new techniques and eat some delicious, organic food. Our first conference was last November in Orillia. We learned all about the CSA (Community Shared/Supported Agriculture) model and met some cool people that we keep running into at the JustFood workshops we've been attending all winter. JustFood is an organization dedicated to first-time farmers and farmers new to the area/climate. I had no idea any of this existed until 6 months ago! Check out the websites at the end of this post for more information.
The red farmhouse I call Luxy Ranch is about 100 years old, dusty, infested with dead flies and lady bugs, and my new home! My city-kitty Jezebel has two new furry friends who came with the house. Mary Lou, a cuddly grey farm cat and Gina, the sweetest mutt you'll ever meet. Jezebel is finally settling in but still growls and swats her razor-sharp claws if the others get too close. She's still an absolute suck with humans and doubles as a really cute scarf.
Jonny has done a great job setting up the essentials - our computer and the Wii. I've unpacked and arranged my clothes. Why do I own more clothes than I can wear in a month? I'm the perfect example of my generation's obsession with buying cheap items made to last only until the next fad hits. The Disposables. Things will change soon enough when any money I have left will go towards the purchase of rototillers and circular discs instead of pencil skirts and ghetto-fabulous sunglasses.
Jonny and I need some help. No, I'm not asking for money. I'm asking for your opinion. We need a new farm name. Jonny's dad called his enterprise Sabra Farm, after his mom. Either we keep the name or give it a new one. We have a few names up our sleeves and need the input of brilliant minds as we are new at this whole running-your-own-business-thing.
Here are the contestants:
1. Luxy Farms (following the same concept as Sabra)
2. Little Foot Farms
3. Ready, Set, Farm!
4. Flavour City Farms
Post your favourite and help us name our business!!!
Eco Farm Day http://www.cog.ca/ottawa/ecofarmday/
CSA Conference http://www.csaconference2008.ca/
COG Magazine http://www.cog.ca/magazine.htm