And, just as I was getting ready to do some conventional pickling this season, Shannon Jones and Bryan Dyck of Broadfork Farm taught us about lacto-fermentation.
No boiling involved, just preserve your veggies with brine. There are three methods: sauerkraut, kimchi and immersion. The resulting ferment is, Shannon assures us, tasty and excellent for maintaining good gut bacteria. I made the first test bottle this morning.
Shared hard-earned experience
All the presenters were great and shared their hard-earned knowledge and experience. For example, Rebecca and Robin LeBlanc of Bathurst both work full-time as teachers and raise their three children, but also manage to grow vegetables and grain, make cider, cheese, press sunflower oil, raise chickens, and milk a cow!
Photographs of their home-grown food was mouth-wateringly stunning. When I asked Rachel “How do you do it all?” she answered, “It’s a lifestyle. We are used to working very hard, but we also enjoy what we do.”
And Alyson Chisholm of Windy Hill Farm gave us lots to think about the pros and cons of greenhouses to extend the growing season. I did not realize that the snow has to be cleared off of them all winter. So maybe movable tunnels that are taken down in the fall are a better option for me. And on it went.
It all sounded so doable and so inspired were we that we think ACORN should start offering an urban homesteader symposium.
For a list of all that went on, here is a link to the event posted on Facebook. (Note: since this is a link to a Facebook event, it might have been taken down.)https://www.facebook.com/events/1223595117684739/
Mar 19 2020
Laying Ducks with Charline Kavanagh
Charline Kavanagh has a hobby farm outside Moncton. She started off with a just a couple of animals, mostly chickens, but now has a small hobby farm That includes turkeys, sheep, pigs, goats and, of course, ducks. We asked her to tell us how to get into laying ducks.
We are grateful to New Brunswick Government’s Wellness Movement for a Community Food Action grant and to Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) for their support.
By Elaine and Archie • farming, food movement, food security, food skills project, homesteading