“Where did you buy those mini-tunnel arches?” was the main response to last month”s post about overwintering crops in mini-tunnels, Well, we bought some 10ft long E.M.T. conduit from a local hardware store and then bent the arches ourselves. It’s a pretty simple process that you can easily do on your farm. Come, let’s see … More Bend Your Own Mini-Tunnel Arches
We ran out of time to build caterpillar tunnels in Novemeber.
So we built mini tunnels to overwinter crops instead! … More Mini Tunnels To Get Seed Crops Through The Winter
This is book nine of my personal Top 10 Farm Books Of The Decade. I’m presenting my Top 10 in order of publication. Next up ,,, The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture by Andrew Mefferd In the spring of 2017, after the snow melted at Tourne-Sol farm, it started … More The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook – Book Review
You want to have the best tomatoes, right? You might suspect that there are better varieties out there but the thought of doing elaborate trials to evaluate these tomatoes is just exhausting. Here is a way to run a simple trial to discover new great tomatoes! It is based on how we run our tomato … More Discover Amazing Tomatoes By Setting Up Easy Growing Trials!
The last stretch of our June 2012 road trip took Emily and I through Maine. We planned on arriving in Maine just in time to catch the Restoring Heritage Wheat Seminar in Unity Maine. As it turned out, I thought the event was on a Saturday when it was actually on a Friday. This got … More Road Trip: Four Seasons Farm and The Good Life Center
We are hosting a caterpillar tunnel building workshop for farmers. This event is being organized by the Quebec ministry of Agriculture (MAPAQ). Workshop Details Date: Thursday May 3rd 2012 (possible May 9 rain date) Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 1 hour for lunch Lunch options: a. Bring your own lunch. b. The closest … More Caterpillar Tunnel Workshop At Tourne-Sol Farm
This post is a little late coming … On August 25th, 2010, the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network (ECOSGN) hosted a field trip to Greta’s Organic Gardens in Ottawa, Ontario. The visit was broken up into A little about Greta, A field walk, A tomato taste test, A peek inside Greta’s seed workshop, and … More Visiting Greta’s Organic Gardens
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our challenges producing lettuce seed in a humid climate. By growing lettuce for seed under plastic tunnels, we can protect the plants and seed from the summer rains. We start off by … Planting Lettuce Outside We transplanted lettuce to the field in early May – Merlot … More Growing Lettuce For Seed Under Tunnels
Here is some of what we’ve been doing during the last 2 months. Building Things We’ve put up a second caterpillar tunnel.You can find more construction photos on Tourne-Sol cooperative farm’s Facebook page. We’re almost finished a 35′ x 150′ unheated greenhouse for more season extension. Dealing With The Rain Most of May was muddy … More Season Update
Here’s another quick update before we get back to seed crop planning. Whether it’s wet, dry, hot or cold; the one thing that doesn’t change on our farm is the wind. In mid April, on one of windiest days this spring, I was seeding in the greenhouse. Reid came by as he secured things around … More Spring Winds and Field Tunnels