|Posted on April 18, 2016 at 10:35 PM||comments (3)|
We are gearing up for a big year here at Kildara, trying lots of new veggies, increasing salad production (again!) and adding even more catering partners! We are so excited to be working more with Toque Catering, one of Victoria's very best caterers, as we transition to become their main organic produce supplier! Working with local small businesses is so incredible as the customers get the best and freshest ingredients prepared creatively! This week is our first "ad" week at Thrifty Foo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 12, 2016 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Last night saw the boys working into the dark with the tractor's headlights getting thefirst planting of potatoes in the ground! Looking forward to enjoying delicious new potatoes in June! Bring on the summer feasts!
|Posted on March 26, 2016 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Nowadays, most people know what the term "organic" means as it pertains to their veggies and fruit, but the organic standards for animals are a little more unclear. Our animals are obviously raised without antibiotics, hormones or chemicals of any kind, but what is less obvious are the standards for living conditions. Our chickens have to have roosting space (which is the natural way chickens sleep), size an number requirements for nesting boxes, and minimum outside and inside requireme...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 9, 2016 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Suffice it to say that we have been a bit slow on the blogging since we got hit with the spring hurricane of business last year! The farm had an exceptional year, seeing the biggest salad production year in our history, a fantastic apple crop, and a number of beautiful weddings! We continue to work together as a family, trying new things, starting new crops and teaching all the kids what we do and why we do it!
We lost our lovely yellow lab Bailey in April, and to say that hit us hard ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Every year in the spring, we carefully examine our plum and apple trees--are there more blossoms than last year? Less? Do the trees look like the newest invitational bug convention? Do they look like they have been the buffet of choice all winter for the resident deer?
We are pretty excited this year that the trees all seem happy and healthy, and we are looking forward to a great harvest! Our wide variety of apples are sold all over Victoria, especially at the Root Cellar w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
We have had a very busy couple of weeks! The new piggies are thrilled with their digs and we have had no instances of escapees frolicking on the lawn of the Deep Cove Chalet Restaurant (something that has happened before!) The first wedding of the year was hosted at Kildara under brilliant sunny skies after three straight days of torrential rain--our miraculous timing strikes again (it really is uncanny the number of couples we have had who dodge the rain bullet by hours!).
In April, we...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 12, 2015 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
For everyone who thinks that pigs like to live covered in filth and don't mind being kept in tiny little cages because they don't like to move around much--you're wrong! Pigs are very intelligent and play organized games, learn to use self feeders and automatic hoses, and, if given enough space, will all adhere to "bathroom" protocol, choosing one area of the pen for such activities!
They are great fun to watch, and form hierarchies and bonds just like we do (well not "just like"--I ha...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 24, 2015 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
The average age of a farmer in BC is somewhere around 60. That means, if farmers were to follow the trajectory of public "service" workers, no one would be growing food in this province in 5 years. Well, a few people would, but not that many, and probably they wouldn't sell it to you anyway as they would be busy trying to supply food for their family and friends. But that doesn`t matter, does it? I mean we can always import our produce from California......oh no wait, global...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 16, 2015 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
While it is always a welcome sight to see the blossoms out and the daffodils blooming, this winter's five second cold snap is slightly worrying for famers! While the mild temperatures are producing fantastic growing contitions early in the season which is nice, we can't help but feel a little worried about what this might mean for the bug population later in the season.
Organic farmers rely on the cold weather to diminish the population of bad bugs, and the warm weather means that...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
While the rest of the continent is getting pounded by mountains of snow, we west coasters are bathing in rain. Literally. It's so warm it is a little bath-like, and every day we're getting as soaked as if we got dressed and climbed in the tub and just sat there for a while. "Waterproof" has become a relative term, greenhouses are flooding and we've completely given up trying to dry the dogs off every time they come in--we have decided the muddy trail from door to kitchen is farm-chic.Read Full Post »