Adios 2020

 

While we’ve been spared the worst outcomes of the pandemic up to this point, it still feels very myopic to focus on our homestead experience given the state of the world.

Perhaps that’s why I’ve had such a hard time updating the blog this year. That coupled with my general dread of writing has meant a big lag in blog entries. I’d much rather tell a story through photographs. So here we go.

I’ve cobbled together a selection of pictures to get you through the 2020 season and up to date on the farm. It sure is nice to look at all that colourful produce right now.

Continue reading “Adios 2020”

How Do We Plan For Spring?

What a spring it has been for all of us- all around the world. We hope from wherever you are reading this, you and your loved ones are safe and well.

chickens and nest boxes at Bird's Nest Garden Farm
These girls have been practising sheltering in place all winter. About the time we humans got stuck at home, they got access to the big wide world. Go figure.

Here at Bird’s Nest Garden Farm, we are four weeks into our new stay-at-home lifestyle.

When I say “new,” this is for the other members of my family. I rarely venture off the farm at this time of year. It’s been a pleasure to have company at home, despite their need to be often glued to their screens for work and school purposes.

Probably just like you, our family is looking for entertainments other than zoom meeting gaffs and watching yet another webinar.  We’ve undertaken numerous projects aimed at keeping our bodies occupied and out-of-doors while distracting us from disheartening pandemic updates. Continue reading “How Do We Plan For Spring?”

Our Methods

sunflower hoop house bird's nest garden farm

Bees, butterflies and birds are welcome partners in the gardens.

We create and improve habitat for our wild neighbours through the use of pollinator gardens and the planting of native tree and shrubs.

hummingbird moth on chive flower birds nest garden farm
A hummingbird moth enjoys the nectar of chive flowers

We use no synthetic fertilizer, herbicides or insecticides on the farm.

Our growing methods encourage soil health. We rely on compost, minerals and no-till growing methods to feed our soil biology.

chicken mobile coop polka dot hen produce
Starting the season in the mobile coop. Chickens are loving the fresh grass.

Each summer sees a different group of livestock moving across the pasture to enhance the soil biology and diversity.

The Piggies of 2020 enjoying windfall apples.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Food and Community

Polka Dot Hen Produce is the market garden enterprise located at Bird’s Nest Garden Farm. Bird’s Nest Garden Farm is our off-grid homestead located about 20 minutes north of Wiarton.

pasture lambs chicken Birds Nest Garden Farm
Lambs and chickens roam the pasture at Birds Nest Garden Farm

With our friends and visitors, we love to exchange great ideas about cooking, gardening, small-scale farming, permaculture and off-grid living. 

Visitors experience a beautiful regenerating landscape while breathing the fresh air of the countryside. The Bruce Trail is nearby for excursions into the forest.

Longterm, our farm goal is to be a hub for folks to: 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

A New Season

The view across the field towards home, March 2015
The view across the field towards home, March 2015. The start of a new season.

It’s been a lengthy frigid winter here on the Bruce Peninsula. Inside and out, we are all ready for the warmth and the green to return.

With the return of spring, we are entering a new season of production here on the homestead. I’ll be turning my hand to growing produce for market. New ventures and new relationships await.