November 16, 2015

This little light of mine…

By Stowel Lake Farm

Jennifer and Liz made lanterns with the kids from Yurt Program this year. It is so satisfying to make new lanterns every year. We always pull out some of the old ones from past years but it seems creating every year has also become part of our tradition and it was fun to do it with the class.
Friday night was perfect for our walk – it wasn’t rainy or cold. We gathered around our big fire bowl in the courtyard and sang a few songs. Then, this year, we walked in silence, through the woods, in the dark, to another fire we’d set in a field. Gathering again, we sang some more, ate some cookies, generally enjoyed being together outside at night. Here are some shots of the night:
Gathering at dusk and lighting the lanterns.
The circle forming around the fire.
Out in the field…
Serving up the hot apple cider.
Ahhh, fire.

June 26, 2015

Deep Bay

By Stowel Lake Farm

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!

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Beautiful sea star.
Then we drew and built a habitat for a crab.

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Then it was out to the forest to look for colours…
…and newts in the pond!
Checking out sea creatures under the microscopes.

Holding a moon snail.
IMG_9866 IMG_9871Out 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.


March 30, 2015

Workshop Week

By Stowel Lake Farm

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.
Willow Baskets
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.

March 24, 2015


By Stowel Lake Farm

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.

More cars roll in with children arriving for the Yurt Program and as the group forms they start their daily game of Everybody’s It Tag.
The farmers are out and about – checking in with Jennifer in the farm room and then out in the fields doing so many things at this time of year – seeding, prepping beds, setting up trellis materiel – the list goes on and on.
And all the other regular happenings  – Liz & Jen in the office, Milo out on the farm (building fences at the moment), Lisa seeding in her greenhouse, chickens and cows and everybody else doing their thing. It is just one of those days where it feels like a hive around here, everybody doing what needs to be done.
And visiting chicks of course…
February 23, 2015

February Days

By Stowel Lake Farm

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:

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This week a special someone turned 8 and all the farmies enjoyed a piece of his whale cake. An outside party in February- wow.

And then of course here are some of the children in the Yurt Program.
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