The week our Yurt Program kids got to go to the VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station for a field trip. They fit a lot into the time we were there. First we got to feed the fish.
Then we went to the touch tanks. We had to be very gentle with these animals.
Holding a sea cucumber.
We had to be very careful with theses prickly creatures!
Holding a moon snail. Out on the beach looking for new crabs to take to the marine station.
Squid eggs found on the beach.
What a fabulous day! Thank you Michi & Amy.
We have had unusually hot, dry weather for the last few months. So we were all in a bit of shock when, on the day we chose for our annual summer solstice celebration and campout, it rained. We still managed to have lots of fun, silly times. Here are a few shots of our games – relay racing and a blindfolded animal game. The relay was very involved – hula hooping, potato sack, nail driving, chair weaving, skipping.
Skipping (with joy!)
The hula hoop
Potato sack exhaustion
Are you the one I’m looking for?
Together at last!
May on the farm seems to start out in a calm manner. Everything is growing well and in order for the most part. There is plenty of space and dreams about the unfolding Summer ahead still developing. Then it all changes and by the end of May it it is full tilt around here! We have our annual Plant Sale/ Brunch/Open Farm Day, the retreats are busy and full, the irrigation needs turning on, we can practically see the plants growing and most importantly we are all outside in the ever warming air and long days. It is the most vibrant and wonderful time of year.
Here are some pictures of our May.
Plant Sale Day
Haidee is busy almost every weekend these days. Here she is prepping for the Metta Silent Retreat.
Nicola and the Irises
With the unusually warm weather our strawberries are ripe early!
A special someone turned 6!
The bike is a necessary mode of transport around here!
Our Yurt Program had a whale specialist visit. That is a real Orca skull.
May Beauty in the Vegetable garden
We love our new signs made by Adam. People loved what we were serving at the Plant Sale too!
Our Island Discovery Parent Group & Amy put together an incredible three days of workshops last week. The kids could choose from basket weaving, cooking, soccer, exploring bones, carpentry, solar car building, quilt making, spanish and puppet making.
By the end of the three days most of the kids were exhausted and fulfilled and so pleased with everything they got to take home – baking, cheese, birdhouses, willow trays, solar cars & boats, quilts and more. Here are some of the photos captured from the week. Enjoy!
The week started off with a giant game of Everybody’s It Tag.
Lionel & Lisa taught the group how to make willow basket trays.
Here is a stack of their work – big ones, tiny ones, so gorgeous.
Haidee and her group making pizza dough.
The cooking group went home with scones, blueberry galettes, cookies, pizza and soft cheese that they made with Carrina on the final day.
Josh & Peter took the group out, felled a tree and milled the wood to make their birdhouses! That and lots of hammer practice was day 1. So much fun.
Putting together the birdhouses.
Rachel & Lenka led their little group of 3 and each was able to finish her own quilt.
Bones n’ Things
Michi had her group feeling their own bones to begin with.
Checking out the bones…
A huge THANK YOU to the parents, mentors and AMY for their contributions to this week and to the farm for holding the space.
Tuesdays are a busy day on the farm. We have a full life here anyway but on Tuesdays there are more people here than usual. It starts early, as Cathy Valentine arrives to set-up for her Yoga Apprenticeship, followed by all her students.
Our “garden ladies” arrive after that, Daphne, Julie and Nicola, usually with dogs in tow, to work away in the perennial garden.
We have had a particularly warm February which has beckoned us to work outside a lot. With more time outside it is easier to connect in with the waking land – watch buds swell, crocuses bloom, plan and dream. It is still quiet here on the farm so there is a lot of space for conversations and connection. We are well aware of the season unfolding before us and will attempt to take some of this February wisdom with us into the busyness ahead.
We have embarked on a new permaculture project with the guidance from Brendon Bauer and Michael Nickels. It is a giant project inspired by the need to be more self-sustainable and to truly be a model farm. We will be planting the first round of trees in this March. The picture above is of us working on the newly dug swales.
Mondays have changed for a few of us lately. We now take a gourd walk around the farm – this walk is sponsored and inspired by Guayaki. We get out of the office and walk and talk about the goings-on out on the farm – imagine that! It has quickly become a favourite and essential part of every week. Here are a few sights from this week:
And then of course here are some of the children in the Yurt Program.
At closing circle most of the children at the Yurt Program were grateful for their new Book Bags. A few of us Mums volunteered to sew each child a special bag to take home reading home in. The bags were made solely out of material we already had so little bits of each of our homes are sewed into these bags. We had a wonderful time creating together, sharing stories, counselling and inspiring each other as the sewing machines raced along. Here are some pictures of the process.
A few of us lucky ‘Farmies’ made a trip to the interior of BC to visit a special farm in the small town of Keremeos to help plant garlic on Grandpa Stuart’s farm. We have developed a garlic mold issue on our farm and have had little success growing in the last few years. So having a few days in the field surrounded by the tall, steep interior mountains planting beautiful strong garlic was a blessing. We all work on Stowel Lake Farm and see each other daily, but being together off the farm was a great way for us to deepen our friendships and community. We were filled up with the time away, the sweet mountain air, the local wines (so good) and the daily camp fires.
splitting more galic with a little mate help Grandpa and grandson
Ahh the mountains! and the last of the summer flowers- it is getting cold up there.