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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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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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Sometimes you're just a meat popsicle.

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So, t’was Ander’s birthday last night and all through the house, Miranda was snapping pictures to put on the blog.

Click photos to enlarge.

My bedroom door.

Kiko, looking as handsome and blurry as ever.

Oh, we are so closed for the Olympics.

Farmhouse at night.

Who loves graffiti in the kitchen? We do!

The Farmhouse Safety Officer cautions you to only operate under the safest of conditions.

Phire photo phun!

You think that fire magically appeared? Heck no. Love the Farmhouse elves!

The famed Farmhouse Family height chart. Plus, bonus pic of me during my bald phase.

And one more piece of housekeeping: I’ve changed the blog settings so you can now post comments without needing to log in or even leave your name. But please do leave your name; we love to connect with family, friends, and fans!

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So astute readers will notice there is now a tab at the top of this here blog linking to the Farmhouse Dictionary. This is by no means the full list of words, phrases, and names heard around the Farmhouse but it’s a start. I promise semi-regular updates!

Rin was in town last night so ten of us Farmhouse and honourary Farmhouse animals made the trek up to All-India Sweets for the $11 vegetarian buffet. Every time Rin’s in town these days, all she wants to do is consume massive amounts of curry … and who are we to refuse such an indulgence? Afterward, we trekked back to the house for imbibing and music making. Then we all went to bed by 11 p.m. We might be animals and hippies, but some of us have full-time jobs!

I must get batteries for the camera as I have many things to photograph, including the state of the garden in winter, Ander’s new Farmhouse tin can marquee project, the hilarious decorations in our bathrooms, and one very ugly paint scheme that’s going to be painted over.

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Farmer Rin inspects the troops.

Well, she finally did it. Our illustrious Farmer Rin has departed the big city for greener pastures (literally) on the Sunshine Coast.

Our darling Rin was the last member of the original Farmhouse crew who moved into the house in 2005. Technically she left in November, but time at the Farmhouse moves at a rate different from the rest of reality (we creatively call it “Farmhouse Time”, although Ander quite steadfastly remains on normal time) so I’m only getting around to posting about it now.

(Also, there was this thing called “December”, during which I mentally checked out while consuming vast amounts of sugary baked goods and delicious holiday libations.)

She’s come back to the big, bad city a few times now to visit but is certain she’s made the right decision. She’s busy putting cob on her 8′ x 12′ cottage and making furniture for her wee dwelling these days—well, when she’s not hiking through the forest and generally making us jealous with her accounts of nature. (Nature? I remember that.) Rin has made me promise that as soon as I get knocked up that I’m moving out to the commune with her; trust me, she’ll be waiting for more than a while … but I’m certainly planning a big-city escape of my own!

Alright, since it’s a new year and all, I could promise to update this blog more but we all know that’s a pipe dream! But we’ll see if I post at least one entry a month from here on in :)

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As the summer winds down and our travelers move on to their winter homes, we’re looking for one or two new, long-term roommates interested in becoming part of the Farmhouse Family.

The Farmhouse is a two-story house built in 1946 and located in South Vancouver, between Main and Fraser. We are home to anywhere between four and seven people at any time, as well as a lovely cuddly kitty. We have two bathrooms, two kitchens (one for meat eaters and one for herbivores), two fireplaces, and a huge garden from which we run an organic vegeteble delivery service. We love to sit on the back step (known as “the dugout”) and watch the morning sun come in through the two mama cedar trees in the back. Pets are welcome, as long as they get along with our existing kitty, and there’s parking for a car or two.

Be warned: this is not the house for those who need instant access to a shopping mall or fast food — if you’ll die without a coffee shop on the corner where you can get up-to-the-moment neighborhood gossip, we’re probably not the place for you. But if you love biking, sharing food, music, and DIY culture and are interested in living on a working urban farm, this is your spot!

We are communally-oriented folks representing a mix of genders, ages, and lifestyle choices who love living together as a family and would usually rather spend a night at home making dinner, playing music, and making crafts than go out dancing. Don’t get me wrong, we love to have a good time — but we like to keep it mellow. We are activists, hippies, artists, musicians, chefs, farmers, sci-fi geeks, dumpster divers, gender benders, and capitalism-smashers who come together to remind ourselves and others that we live in a world of abundance. We run the gamut from vegan to meat-eating and have a generally shared approach to food and other household supplies. We love pot-lucks/music jams (jam-luck? pot-jam?) and playing croquet in the park.

We are open to anyone who is queer-friendly and community-minded, who understands that the rewards of living together far outweigh the challenges of making it work. We rely on clear boundaries, trust, and open communication to keep our messy hippie house running, and appreciate people who are comfortable with consensus, self-organization, and who won’t freak out about diva cups on the bathroom counter or feminist discourse at the dinner table. 

Give us a call if you’d like to come check us out: 604-628-9509.

Lovin’ you, family!

The Farmhouse Animals

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