Yesterday was Alex’s last day ( spent harvesting celeriac ). I put him on a train to the Montreal airport today. He left us a few weeks early so he could accept an offer to work in Chennai, India advising companies on “social responsibility” projects. Best wishes Alex.

Yesterday was Alex’s last day ( spent harvesting celeriac ). I put him on a train to the Montreal airport today. He left us a few weeks early so he could accept an offer to work in Chennai, India advising companies on “social responsibility” projects. Best wishes Alex.

We took the afternoon off yesterday to catch the view from the top of Mt Arab. If you say to yourself “oh, I’m too busy, I’ll go next weekend” then you miss the best colors and have to live with regret for months. It’s much easier to just go when it’s time to go. The cauliflower can wait.

We took the afternoon off yesterday to catch the view from the top of Mt Arab. If you say to yourself “oh, I’m too busy, I’ll go next weekend” then you miss the best colors and have to live with regret for months. It’s much easier to just go when it’s time to go. The cauliflower can wait.

We had the first frost of the year late this week, no mere nip, but a 24 degree fanny kicker. Earlier in the week these wild asters were extravagantly decorating the margins of our fields. Post frost, they look chastened but are still hanging on to compete with the fall colors the maples are turning on just now.

We had the first frost of the year late this week, no mere nip, but a 24 degree fanny kicker. Earlier in the week these wild asters were extravagantly decorating the margins of our fields. Post frost, they look chastened but are still hanging on to compete with the fall colors the maples are turning on just now.

One of our dairy farmer neighbors needed some bedding hay, we had a few acres of it and so we are trading hay for cow manure. After a period of composting, we will use the cow stuff in alternating years with the chicken stuff we currently depend on. The idea is that diversity of fertility sources is as important as diversity of crops or markets (or citizens).

One of our dairy farmer neighbors needed some bedding hay, we had a few acres of it and so we are trading hay for cow manure. After a period of composting, we will use the cow stuff in alternating years with the chicken stuff we currently depend on. The idea is that diversity of fertility sources is as important as diversity of crops or markets (or citizens).

We are deep into freezing season (Broccoli here). The weather outside was “very November”, so the heat of the blanching operation and the general comforts of being in when it is nasty out made this an especially pleasing day’s work.

We are deep into freezing season (Broccoli here). The weather outside was “very November”, so the heat of the blanching operation and the general comforts of being in when it is nasty out made this an especially pleasing day’s work.