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Sorry for missing last week’s update, cats and kittens. Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the week for me to get everything done! But to make it up to you, you get two super-double-plus-awesome posts today.

 

I sat down for a brainstorm with the housemates the other day (okay, it was like two weeks ago) about just what’s been going on at the Farmhouse. Here’s the latest from the team:

 

  • the potatoes are getting huge … they sprouted in the pantry over the winter
  • Ander and Sara built a new trellis with peas in the back
  • drying kale for seed
  • lots of sprouts in the greenhouse
  • there’s a new container garden on the patio (it’s so amazing, need pictures!)
  • planted corn, squash, and beets along the side fence
  • lots of cut flowers for the house
  • borage and touch-me-nots are sprouting everywhere there’s bare soil
  • seriously, if you want a borage plant, let us know
  • Sara developed a kickass recipe for hot sauce based on things in our garden (TOP SECRET)
  • parsnips are ready to be harvested
  • mint is recovering after being transplanted (I did that!)
  • there’s a new dish line on the counter made of two kinds of tape … if the dishes cross it, you wash the dishes … if it’s not kept to Max’s standards, then he’ll take away the nice pots; if we keep it up, Max will make tasty treats
  • lots of group eatings, including impromptu brunch one lovely Saturday and a house dinner yesterday
  • quinoa and lentils sprouting right now
  • discussed the correct pronounciation of quinoa (which, in the Farmhouse, is kee-NO-wah)
  • harvested the burdock root … it’s surprisingly tasty according to the roomies, “sort of artichoke-y”
  • scavenged some stuff from a house that was torn down on our block, including an old-school oven that Sara’s going to convert into an outdoor cooking surface
  • oh, and we GOT A NEW ROOMMATE WOOT WOOT!

 

Yeah, life at the Farmhouse is kicking ass and taking names.

 

This week in the links, MAIN STREET CAR FREE DAY! It’s one of several car-free events happening in Vancouver on June 20, but it’s the closest one to our house. They’ll be shutting down Main from 33rd to 16th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The organizers are still looking for volunteers so if you’ve nothing else to do on Father’s Day, consider helping out a good cause.

 

Great news out of California: the state assembly has voted to ban single-use plastic bags in retail stores! It’s not officially law yet until it’s passed by the state Senate, but it’s looking like a done deal. California currently uses 19 BILLION single-use plastic bags each year. San Francisco has been plastic-bag-free since 2007.

In light of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster—now the worst in U.S. history (if not the world)—I’ll take any eco-friendly victory I can get.

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Hola, blogoverse! I haven’t forgotten about you, I swear. But even the most intrepid Internet user needs to take a break sometimes (and this weekend was far too nice to spend inside!).

The dirt is gone, the door is clear! I have the best roomies ever!

 

This week on the Tuesday links docket? A lot of events!

 

The annual IGNITE! Youth Festival is happening this month from May 17 to 22! This is Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival, featuring music, dance, theatre, and visual arts from individuals between the ages of 13 and 24. Our intrepid Ander sits on the youth panel and will be there every night so stop by and say hi!

Here’s the link to the Facebook event listing, so add it to your calendar. Seriously. Do it now. I’ll wait for you to come back.

 

What else should you be getting up to this week? Farmhouse open house on Saturday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’re looking for the Farmhouse’s Next Top Roommate (ad is HERE: Farmhouse Seeks Dirty Hippies!) so please come by and check out our house or pass on the ad to some dirty hippies you might know!

 

After you stop by the Farmhouse on Saturday, you should make your way over to the Grandview Park block party! The park is located on Commercial Drive, and a group calling itself “Friends of Grandview Park” (and supported by the local business improvement association) is looking to have the park redeveloped (closing it down from July 2010 until at least March 2011). Among the groups’ complaints? The park attracts “non-families” who tend to loiter along with hard drug dealers, protesters, and, most scandalously, children who are learning to ride bicycles and bicycle polo players (They use the tennis court for that! HOW DARE THEY!).

However, a group of park users disagrees with this assessment, saying that the “Friends” of the park are contributing to the gentrification of the neighbourhood as well as discriminating against the homeless and “non-families” (what the hell does that even mean???).

Read all about it at the Defend Grandview Park blog.

 

And since this blog’s all about shameless self-promotion, yours truly will be opening for the fantastically wonderful Jackie Treehorn on May 12 (that’s tomorrow) at Nyala Restaurant (4148 Main Street). They’re smutty, soulful, and always put on a good show. I’m smarmy, break strings, and sometimes even funny.

With that RINGING ENDORSEMENT, I hope to see your lovely faces there! Bring your dancing shoes and buy me a beer :)

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Sorry to overwhelm everyone with photos today but I wanted to post some happy ones in the hope they’d cheer me up. I spent hours crying last night and have remained in a foul mood all day, but these pics are full of joy and light. Hope you enjoy and have a beautiful weekend; maybe we’ll see you out on Sunday!

Pretty, pretty yarden.


Things are growing!


This is our wheelbarrow.


Its wheel is the worst.


Oh, hey there onions.


The refurbished fairy altar.


Yes, that cactus's name is Quagmire.


Seriously, please do.


Sara rocks it out.


My double chin and I are way too cool for school.


And now it's Max's turn to play us a tune.


Max and the illusive Sam chill on the steps.


Ander works way harder than I do.


Our yarden has hidden flowers everywhere.


We don't always play guitar. Sometimes we drink beer, too.

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This post brought to you by the colour yellow and the letter kale. Wait, kale's not a letter ...

Our phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from people enthusiastic about the garden and wanting to help. We’ve also had many, many curious people just stopping by (or driving by slowly), including a woman earlier in the week who came all the way out from UBC with her little baby on an adventure. So much love.

To that end, we’ve arranged some times that Ander and Sara will be available to give tours, drop off donations, or just talk permaculture. Tour the garden! See the greenhouse! Meet Garden Buddha! Make an offering at the fairy alter! Play with our decrepit cat!

Farmhouse Open House

Friday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 470 E. 56th Avenue (between Fraser and Main)

 


Here are some supplies we’d love for the garden if anyone has them lying around. Please keep in mind that we do not want money or anything bought new; we’re simply hoping these are things you’re looking to rid yourself of anyway!

Farmhouse Wish List

    • cardboard free of inks and tape
    • woodchips
    • old bricks with which to edge beds
    • a decent wheelbarrow
    • someone with a truck willing to donate a couple of hours of time to collect woodchips and/or go on a dump run (we can supply gas money and dump fees)

Hope to see you there!

Love from the Farmhouse Animals

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So this weekend’s work party was a resounding success! We had five or six people stop by over the course of the day and Ander did a fantastic job educating passerbys on our yarden. We had a bunch of people sign our petition to keep our yard exactly the way it is and we’re so much closer to getting a block party organized!

It was really nice to connect with the neighbours, actually. One told us tales of how people would come by our house with empty strollers and steal our pumpkins. One guy who works as a landscaper was fully in support of us and promised to bring us clean grass clippings, plants from other sites, tools he doesn’t need, and topsoil as well as offering to help fix the tools we have. So much love!

Kiko was a total jerk and did not help at all.

Fun story: The tenants previous to us used to use the front yard as some sort of trash can. I made the champion decision to tackle the one bed we’d never bothered to dig out previously because it’s full of trash. Ander pulled out two baby carriage frames from it weeks ago. I managed to dig out a garden hose, three bags of garbage, a fully-inflated basketball, a used diaper (ewwww), an army man, a plastic Viking figurine, and numerous pens and pencils. Seriously. Disgusting. Who buries trash in their yard when we have a weekly trash collection service?

Max was a champ and not only fixed up the greenhouse and finally (FINALLY!) got all the Christmas lights off the house but he tackled organizing our garage. We have cleaned that bastard out at least six times in the past two years, and yet it magically accumulates stuff. I think there’s some sort of vortex in there which allows for remote garbage dumping for aliens or perhaps time travellers. But it’s more organized now. Just need yet another dump run.

Sara was fantastic as well, hauling woodchips and tackling the out-of-control back beds. The whole yard is really starting to come together!

And … OH GOD we totally terraformed the boulevard. Now it has five nice neat ordered rows for planting. We’re going to put yarrow, flax, borage, and … I can’t remember what else in there. Should be neighbourhood friendly.

I definitely need to spend more time in the garden. I hauled dirt and dug weeds for almost eight hours on Saturday and my poor body is still aching today.

Special thanks to Razan and Erik for playing in the mud with us all day and to Tristan and Lina for bringing us much needed nourishment.

Photos to come whenever Ander gets them to me!

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Think that gardening season is done once summer’s end is near?  Resigning yourself to go back to buying food from California until next June?  Well, think again!  Here in Vancouver we are blessed with a 12-month growing season, and this workshop will help you get started making the most of it!

Even if this is your very first foray into the world of growing your own food, this half-day workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to jump into fall and winter gardening and into the magic of eating your very own fresh foods even when there’s snow on the ground.  We’ll go over crop selection and soil preparation, care and maintenance, and strategies for meeting the challenges of fall gardening on the coast.  You’ll leave with handouts and reference materials as well as a few little plantlings of your very own to get you started, even if it’s just a few pots on your balcony!

The suggested donation is $35 to $50, which includes the 4-hour workshop (complete with snacks homemade with love by yours truly), all your reference materials and a selection of veggie starts to take home and get growing.

In order to ensure we can all talk to and hear each other, there are only 12 spaces for this workshop so if you’re interested, email your name and contact info to me and I’ll respond to reserve your space.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please help spread the word!

See you in the garden,

rin

When: Saturday, August 30, 1 – 5 p.m.

Where: The Farmhouse

Email: farmhousefarm [at] gmail [dot] com

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