A New Adventure in Local Farming
It seems like we arrived in north central Saskatchewan only a short time ago. It was 12:05 am in early June 2008. Filled with wonder, excitement & expectation – exhausted after a 7 hour drive with all our worldly possessions – we collapsed into sleep for the night.
The next day, as planned, the garden plot was being scoped out. It had been a dry spring. The soil was dusty and parched. The vegetable seedlings that had been painstakingly raised and transported from our far away Alberta home would have to wait. Irrigation began.
Despite the late start that summer, we had a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, greens, onions and potatoes. We even had a few cucumbers to munch on. Looking back, I’m amazed that we did that well. Some things didn’t get planted until the last few days in June. But, all in all, about 2000 square feet of garden was producing healthy naturally grown food!
It’s a balmy 2C. It’s also January. Maybe I’m just fooling myself, but it seems to me that this is the mildest January I have experienced since we moved in. Okay, so I don’t have a lot of years to compare to, but hey! I’m not complaining when it’s 2 degrees C and not -20 degrees C!
So, logically, I’m feeling like spring. I do this every year. My hopes are elevated, thoughts of snow melting and showing patches of the garden prevail, fantasies of planting rows and rows of peas take over. I stare longingly out to the garden, down at the seed box, and over to the calender. I shake myself out of it. Patience.
I have two rules in the garden. 1) Absolutely no synthetic chemicals. That means no chemical herbicides or pesticides. That also means any fertilizers used must be of a natural origin. 2) Try any thing once – probably twice. I can’t help it. I’m a push the limits kinda gal. Tell me I can’t do something, and I will try to prove that I can. Besides, the melons in the grocery store taste bland and watery.
Local food is an important consideration in today’s bigger picture. Local communities are nourished nutritionally, economically, even socially when we all participate in local farming.
You decide: would you rather eat locally produced fresh food, or food that spends countless days on a truck, traveling from a distant field, putt-putting away down numerous highways, with stopovers at warehouses & distributors, until it reaches the store shelves?
I thought so.
So, it is with great excitement that we welcome you to Honey Dew Gardens. We are pleased to offer a variety of healthy, wholesome produce and honey from our greenhouse and 1/2 acre garden.