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Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Waterloo Region Record Wed Jun 22 2011 Byline: Margaret Mellon and Doug Gurian-Sherman Source: McClatchy-Tribune By 2050, the world will have to feed nine billion people, adapt to climate change, reduce agricultural pollution, and protect fresh water supplies - all at the same time. Given that formidable challenge, what are the quickest, most cost-effective ways to develop more productive, drought-, flood- and [Read More...]
Grow rack ready for late seedling starting

Grow rack ready for late seedling starting

We built this rack to start the late starters. Early starters such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and chilies were started in early March. We will be seeding this weekend.  We are still in the process of finalizing our seed lists.
Vallarai (Pennywort) Seedlings Developed for 2011

Vallarai (Pennywort) Seedlings Developed for 2011

One of our farmer friend is developing this medicinal plant for growing in Canada. South Asian market has a high demand for this product. It is considered a brain booster by the ancient Ayurvedic medicine system. We finely chop the leaves, add chopped onions, chillies, salt and lime to make delicious and healthy chutney.
Season 2011 Warm Lovers Started

Season 2011 Warm Lovers Started

We have been very busy planning out 2011 farming season.  We will be farming up to 10 acres with 80 varieties of mixed vegetables.   We got an exciting line up of heirloom, organic and exotic global vegetables. We will also have 3 green houses to extend our season.  We are expanding our CSAs from 5 to 25 and starting two farmers’ market locations as well. Here is a section of the seeds.  These seeds are already [Read More...]
2010 Scarborough backyard harvest – Part IV

2010 Scarborough backyard harvest - Part IV

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics – Part 1

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics - Part 1

Fall crop: Ball lettuce

Fall crop: Ball lettuce

Ball lettuce These lettuces were planted in late September.  They have survived the freezing weather and providing us with crisp fresh organic lettuce. The Ceylon onions were planted at the same day and they have been thriving as well.  We only watered once so far this winter since the last watering still keeping the beds wet. This picture was taken on first week of December.
Winter beets

Winter beets

These beets were planted late September as a fall/winter crop experiment.  As of first week of December, they are still healthy. The plant growth is stunt with the latest freezing temperatures and we are hoping that they will have a early start in March.  Our goal is to have the earliest fresh organic beet available for families coming spring.
Wild relatives of common crops may hold key to future of food

Wild relatives of common crops may hold key to future of food

By JESSICA LEEDER From Friday’s Globe and Mail December 9, 2010 Armed with $50-million in seed money, Global Crop Diversity Trust launches hunt for wild relatives of common crops, with goal of developing hardier varieties through crossbreeding A worldwide search for the wild kin of the most commonly consumed food crops kicked off Friday in Rome. Billed as the largest ever initiative of its kind, a decade-long hunt was [Read More...]
7 Types of Garlic planted in Napanee plot

7 Types of Garlic planted in Napanee plot

It took 2 hours for four of us to make the bed, plant, compost and mulch. We planted the Tweed plot in the morning and took a lunch break. Then we started on the Napanee plot which was already ploughed. The soil in Tweed and Napanee plots are loamy with lots of organic matter. We planted 1500 gloves of Russian, Tibetan, Ukranian, Yukoslavian, Italian, Persian and Sicilian. The weather was around 14 C and cloudy.
7 Types of Garlic planted in Tweed plot

7 Types of Garlic planted in Tweed plot

It took 3 hours for four of us to till the bed, plant, compost and mulch. We planted 1500 gloves of Russian, Tibetan, Ukranian, Yukoslavian, Italian, Persian and Sicilian. We picked October 24 because it was after the full moon day. The weather outside was around 13 C.
Farm Tour and Seminar on Crop Rotation: Fertile Ground CSA

Farm Tour and Seminar on Crop Rotation: Fertile Ground CSA

We attended a workshop about crop rotation at the Fertile Ground CSA. Farmer Angie is running a 70 person CSA as well as a market. She is an innovative organic farmer and mentor. We learned a lot about crop rotation, CSA, Crop planning and organic farming issues.   We were also able to mingle with 20 or so other farmers and learn a lot from their experiences. We will highly recommend Angie’s workshops.  Here is [Read More...]
Napanee macro managed plot ready for garlic planting

Napanee macro managed plot ready for garlic planting

Our neighbor Farmer Don ploughed the field for us. Napanee is a 70 acre property with 60 acres of matured maple and oak trees.  It also has a natural spring. Farmer Don has been taking the hay off the 10 acre field for the past 20 years. When we told him that we are going to plant garlic, he got excited and ploughed the field for us. We will be planting garlic this Sunday, October 24.  We picked October 24 because it [Read More...]

Heritage Seeder donated to ENF

One of our team member’s boss heard about our farming project and was impressed. She was so impressed that she donated this seeder which she was using as a garden ornament. This seeder is in working condition and just needs lots of grease and WD40! We will be using it for the 2011 season.
Egyptian Walking Onion – Our pet plant

Egyptian Walking Onion - Our pet plant

One of our friends gave us these walking onions. We planted them late in July.  They are just taking off infront of the green house. They will flower and have seeds on the flowers just like the garlic bulbils.  Then the flower will fall over two or three feet away and the seeds will start growing. Thats where the “walking onion” term comes from.  We are just growing them because we are fascinated with them.  [Read More...]
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