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Falling Forward

Happy Thanksgiving! Another great weekend! With this kind of weather it looks like we’ll be eating fresh garden produce for another few weeks to come. Well, you can certainly count on us being open at least until the end of October. Along with the vegetables we also have raw, wild-flower honey and lots of beef in the freezer. Ground beef, ribs, steaks, roasts…

But we are, nevertheless, approaching the end of the season. Cover crops are in, and we begin the process of packing things up for the winter. And in the farming world, we’re also well into planning for next year!

It’s no secret I’ve been thinking hard about what comes next. 2016 will be my 10th season here at Riverglen, and thinking in terms of a decade makes one think a little more about the big picture.

Developing and evolving the small bicycle-powered business I set up at 25 has been an exhilarating journey, but it’s time to kick things into gear, so to speak.

What that’s going to look like is more beef production, increased vegetable yields, flexible CSA options, berry production, and a strong focus on farm-gate sales.

To accomplish these goals we need to rehabilitate the old barns, build a few kilometers of fencing, and set-up practical store space. It also involves re-invigorating hedgerows with shrubs and trees.

We’re putting in a good amount of elbow grease to take Riverglen to the next level, and we could sure use your help to get us over the hump! Please consider donating to our crowdfunding campaign and make sure this old farm can keep growing for another 100 years!

What’s up with the CSA?

Here we go for the last week of regular season CSA. And I think it’s been a good one! What terrific gardening weather we’ve had this summer. Spring was kind of slow, wet and cold, but once things got going the sun just kept up his post just about every day.

So the carrots, right? At least that’s what we’ve been hearing all summer. The carrots were great this year! We’re also pretty psyched about the tomatoes, the peppers, the red onions, lots of great kale, steady peas, beans… Yeah, good stuff. We did miss garlic though, boo, but we’ve already planted 2500 bulbs for next year. Yay!

What was your favourite crop? Got any suggestions of vegetables we should grow? Want to see more or less of something in next year’s CSA? Let us know!!

2016 CSA options will go on sale in the next few weeks, so be sure to stay tuned. There are always a a few minor adjustments, but we aim to offer our weekly boxes again, as well as putting emphasis on our evolving flexbox plan.

What else can we expect for 2016?

It’s a little quiet around here now that the cattle are all gone. But that doesn’t mean we’ve quit the beef game. We actually expect to double our beef production next year! Calves of Angus, Hereford and other British breeds will be purchased and put on pasture next spring, ready in the fall. We’ll have pre-paid beef packages available, as well as as the opportunity to buy various cuts directly from our freezer.

Expect two batches of chicken again next year. You’ll be able to place a deposit on your fresh birds later this winter, so be sure to stay tuned for more details.

100 new chicks will be arriving in the spring to replenish our laying flock. This time around, only people who donate to our crowd funding campaign will be able to purchase egg shares. Everyone else will have to hope for extras.

The number of bee-keepers on the farm is growing steadily, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that our little buzzy friends make it safely through the winter.

Hope you enjoyed your 2016 CSA experience. Be sure to drop by the store to peruse our fall selection, and please spread the word to your friends, neighbours and colleagues. Together we can help Riverglen grow into this exciting new chapter.

This is a single weblog entry, posted on October 13th, 2015. 1 Comment »


Trade Website and/or Design Work for CSA produce

nasturtium closeupFirst of all, thanks to all those who have been spreading the word! Thanks for forwarding emails, ”liking” posts on Facebook and sharing the blog. Thank you!!

Now I need to increase marketing efforts on my end. Many people have asked for flyers to share at the workplace, and the generic Arizona cattle ranch-style template of our website needs to be replaced with something a little more… personal… authentic.

So here’s my offer: I’m looking for someone who is graphically inclined to design a couple interesting and enticing posters to promote the CSA and a few other products. I am also looking for someone who is a little tech-savvy to upgrade the appearance of our website. A new header, background… Maybe a picture gallery… We need a new look!

In return for your services, weekly produce boxes, gift certificates or other deals are up for grabs.

This is a single weblog entry, posted on February 9th, 2012. 1 Comment »


Exploring Your New Farm Dream in Ottawa

 Exploring Your New Farm Dream in Ottawa


When: Wednesdays February 22 & 29 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturdays March 17 & 31, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Farm Tours: Saturdays will include both class room time and farm tours on both dates.
Location: TBA, Downtown Ottawa
Cost: $325 (+HST) /person or $450 (+HST) for two people from the same “farm dream” (ex: family, business partners)
To register: Click Here
For more information contact: Cherie Bauman admin@farmstart.ca or 519-836-7046 ext. 103.

Over 12 hours and one day of farm tours, the Explorer course takes a learner-centered approach to exploring agriculture as a career. As a participant in the course, you will be guided through an in depth self-assessment process, designed to help you identify the specific aptitudes, interests, skills and resources that you can bring to a new farm business. You will receive support through the process of researching opportunities in agriculture. And you will meet other serious gardeners, livestock enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs who are also asking themselves, “Is starting an agricultural business right for me?”

*The Exploring Your New Farm Dream training opportunity is eligible for cost-share funding through the Growing Forward Business Development for Farm Businesses program in Ontario. For more information on program requirements, call 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFA web site.
For information on FarmStart and our programs visit www.FarmStart.ca

This is a single weblog entry, posted on February 6th, 2012. Comment here »


The World We Want – Frances Moore Lappé

An Evening With Francis Moore Lappé
January 31st (Toronto) and February 1st (Ottawa)

USC Canada presents an inspiring evening with the visionary author of Diet for a Small Planet (1971), Frances Moore Lappé.

Today, she is challenging us to change the way we think so we can create the world we want!

The Ottawa Citizen has published an Op Ed penned by Lappé, entitled Food Scarcity: A Dangerous Myth. Join an online discussion with Lappé Can humanity feed itself? Monday, Jan. 30, from 11 am to noon, at ottawacitizen.com.


February 1, 2012

Place: Wychwood Barns,
601 Christie St.
7:30 pm (doors open @ 6:30)
Cost: $10.00 (+taxes), $15.00 (door)

Place:St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts,
310 St. Patrick St.
7:30 (doors open @ 6:30)
$10.00 (+taxes), $15.00 (door)



The World We Want

A Special Live Webcast Across Canada.

If you’re not in Toronto or Ottawa, you can still catch Frances Moore Lappé live Tomorrow night!

USC Canada invites you to tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 pm, for a special live webcast of her Toronto public forum. Click here to connect.

This promises to be THE must see and hear event of the season – so do join us!


We hope to see you Online!

This is a single weblog entry, posted on January 31st, 2012. Comment here »


New CSA Options!

2011 CSA surveys are in and we received some terrific feedback! We’ll be implementing a few changes this year to make the experience even better for our members. One of the things many have asked for is more flexibility. Understood. Here are two new strategies to give you more options:

1- Swap bin: Extra produce will be supplied at each pickup location in swap bins. Members will have the option to exchange one or two items of their weekly bounty for a different item in the swap bin. Want to ditch your radish and grab an extra carrot bunch? Want to leave behind the green peppers and get an extra bunch of greens? Ok! We’ll make sure to leave enough of ”the good stuff” in the swap bin and adjust as the season progresses.

2- Flex Box: Prepaid credit allows members to choose any item on display at our farm store during open hours. This new program is in response to members who wish to participate in CSA, but are constrained by periods away from home, unpredictable schedules or dietary restrictions. Act quickly, only a limited number of Flex Boxes available!

Details in our updated Registration Forms

2012 Weekly Box Form

2012 Flex Box Form

Bruno in the snow

This is a single weblog entry, posted on January 14th, 2012. Comment here »