Farm Work, Hand Work

Friday, October 2, 2015 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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Over the last few months my eldest has been immersed in all things farm-related – not an easy challenge when you live in the middle of the city. But folks are super keen to help make it happen, and she and her friends have been super keen to learn via work.  It’s amazing how people will say yes and open their farms to teach, if you just ask.

Weeding rows of growing plants and shelling the beans that grew out of them are slow, thoughtful jobs that help to impart the handwork involved in farming. The main focus has been on how yield is much more than the plants grown. It’s about wildlife protection, environmental stewardship, water protection, biodiversity and seed preservation, nourishing the soil, working with weeds rather than using toxic chemicals, topsoil creation and thinking of future generations of farmers and members of the community.

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She learned about grassfed beef from a 6th generation farmer who is still cultivating the land on a farm which existed before Canada was even a country. About the importance of bat houses to help with natural insect management.  About protecting the waterway that serves as our own Ottawa drinking water downstream. It’s true – we are all downstream from something. We are all truly connected.

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Harvesting the last apples from century-old apple trees was pretty sweet too.

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