Category Archives: Small Scale Faming

Part-timers

Our farm stops in the McMinnville area have changed my concept of what it means to be a ‘farmer’. Our host Scott Dickey, for example, has a full-time job, a family and farms an acre of land. He also finds … Continue reading

Posted in Small Scale Faming | Leave a comment

Eggs is eggs? (part deux)

I’ve been educating myself on chickens. A little while back a thought popped into my head that wouldn’t budge. I wondered why it is that there is a big deal in livestock farming about heirloom breeds, but not so much … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Poultry, Small Scale Faming | Leave a comment

You Can Farm!

Becoming a farmer is a career-move on the increase in this part of the States. Rich and Val from Mossback farm are one of about 20 people we’ve met or heard about over here who’ve started out in farming completely … Continue reading

Posted in Small Scale Faming, Starting Out in Farming | Leave a comment

Eggs is eggs?

Back in August a huge salmonella scare resulted in half a billion eggs being recalled from America’s supermarkets. Not only that but all of those eggs came from just two farms in Iowa. According to Grist, just 205 companies are … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Permaculture, Poultry, Small Scale Faming | Leave a comment

Thinking in triangles

We recently stayed with Larkin Stentz at the Green Angel where we were introduced to some of the principles of biointensive farming. John Jeavons’ book ‘How to Grow More Vegetables’ seems to be the seminal text on this method of … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Small Scale Faming | 3 Comments

Small-Farmer Solidarity

You used not to be able to move for small family farms in parts of the US but now, we’ve been told, they’re are being lost an alarming rate. Apparently over 100,000 small farms disappeared between 1996 and 2001. But … Continue reading

Posted in Small Scale Faming | 1 Comment

Capitalism, as if food matters…

Another thing that I have been musing upon since we left Glen Valley Organic Farm (all that pedalling affords plenty of time for musing), is the idea that the farmers’ market is a great example of capitalism as Adam Smith … Continue reading

Posted in Farmers' Markets, Food, Small Scale Faming | 3 Comments

Is farm work hard work?

Undoubtedly yes, but this isn’t really what I’m interested in. What I want to know is, does farm work mean drudge work? Our experience on Glen Valley Organic Farm suggests not. Chris, Jeremy and the rest of the community there … Continue reading

Posted in Small Scale Faming | 2 Comments

Glen Valley Farm

Our first┬ástay of the jouney on a proper commercial farm has been an amazing experience. We came across Glen Valley Organic Farm via the website of a Vancouver-based organisation called Farm Folk City Folk. A phone call later and we … Continue reading

Posted in Community Supported Agriculture, Horticulture, Organic Farming, Small Scale Faming | 1 Comment