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Last post, I swear

Hey cats and kittens,

As some of you might know, I am no longer living at the storied Farmhouse. To that end, I won’t be keeping up with this blog any longer. While I’m still committed to food security issues, rabblerousing, and sustainable living, I just don’t have the time to keep up this blog in any way, shape, or form. It doesn’t help that this is one of three blogs I have, four if you count my Tumblr account, five if you count the fact that I work full-time for the Georgia Straight.


However, if you want to keep up with the further adventures of the Farmhouse, Sir Dan has started a new blog: Farmhouse Animals.


And here’s how you keep up with me… I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing!


The easiest way to keep up with my shenanigans is through my Twitter account. I twitter like a twit.

My tumblr account: heartbreak hangover. Yes, it makes me sound like a whiny 17-year-old girl. You’ve been warned.

Sometimes I do real writing, too: check it out on Straight.com. You’ll notice my beat is primarily feminist outrage, bitching about commuting by transit, and marijuana.

I’ve had a lot of fun writing this blog. I hope you’ve had fun reading it.


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Buh-bye, Farmhouse. I’m moving out at the end of the month, the last of the Core Four to depart your hallowed walls. It’s been a long time—four years, pretty much the sum total of the time I’ve lived in Vancouver.

Now the question is: what happens to the blog?

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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


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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(Text from Ander!)

There is lots of work to be done, and we’d love your help and company!

Since our boulevard was removed without any notice, and all the dirt put in the front yard … well … let’s just say we can’t get into our front door anymore. All that soil must be sorted and placed onto existing garden beds.

Also, all the city hoopla has caused us to fall behind in our planting schedule. Come dig, plant, and play with soil with us! We are also looking for someone who will come and cook for the hungry workers. Vegetables and other ingredients provided (some improvisation required).

When: Wednesday, May 5 from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. … or whenever we are too tired to work any longer.

Where: The Farmhouse, 470 E. 56th Avenue

Please bring if you can:
-empty wine bottles
-cardboard with low amounts of ink
-a vegetable to contribute to lunch

Thanks, friends! See you there!

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Even grownups like to draw on the walls!


Slide show: An Ode to Farming: Images of agriculture around the world.


The poor maligned dandelion; people are so cruel to you! Here’s a great video from Dover, Ohio’s annual Dandelion Festival, which includes all sorts of delectable dandelion treats (wines, salads, fritters, cheesecake, ice cream!) plus pictures of adorable animals (via The Unusually Unusual Farmchick).


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I have a feeling that Jesus and Garden Buddha would be great friends.


If you get time today, please read through the Special Report: The Right to Food Is A Basic Human Right. Food is a right. Complaining about the aesthetic of your neighbour’s yard? Not so much.

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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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