All posts filed under: Hobby Farming

Tapping for Maple Syrup

Hobby Farm Inspiration: Tapping Maples and Hunting for Truffles

I’ve achieved my adult goal of owning a farm. Now comes the fun part of deciding what to do with five acres of potential. I recently attended the Pacific Agriculture Show. I was so excited and inspired I lost count of the texts I was firing off to Shanna and Nikkey. They must have thought I had gone off the deep end. Suddenly I was going to hunt for truffles, tap Big Leaf Maples for syrup and grow amazing garlic! For a mere $90.00 I had access to three days of the tradeshow and as many of the 100 seminars as I wanted. By the end of the weekend I had to really to rein myself in. I only have five acres. There is no way I am ever going to live long enough to do it all the things, never mind be physically capable!!! Now as I relax by the fire with a warm cup of tea I would love to share with you some of the highlights of what I learned in this first …

Chick

How to Get Started Raising Chickens

Warning: Chickens are addictive and you may soon gain the label of “The Crazy Chicken Lady” There is nothing more adorable than a day old chick especially if you’re the proud new owner. They’re so fluffy, surprisingly aware and the little noises they make are so endearing “cheep-cheep-cheep”. All your supplies should be ready and in good order for the arrival of your new flock. Baby chicks are usually better off raised indoors for the first 4-6 weeks depending on weather and conditions of their future coop. This way the temperature can be monitored and maintained, as well as keeps them away from predators like the family cat or dog. I had a terrible experience with THE CAT. The chicks were kept in one of our bedrooms and he must of heard the door not close tight so while I was in the kitchen I heard the bedroom door open. I went running down the hallway and there he was with one of my baby chicks in his mouth. The noise that came from me …

Arbutus Ridge Farm

Welcome to Arbutus Ridge Farm

If you’re ever in doubt about dreams coming true keep moving forward, you never know what opportunities are waiting! Background My husband Perry and I have embarked on the adventures of owning a 5 acre hobby farm in the making after selling our urban farm in the city, a modest house on 7,100 square foot lot. The real estate market was in our favour which gave us the opportunity of a lifetime to purchase only 40 minutes away but a world apart. Here, the sounds of whispering leaves in the trees, calls of wildlife, and colours of the night sky sooth my soul. I’m in awe of our new home and sometimes pinch myself for a reality check when watching an owl hunt at dusk or the deer graze among the trees. The house was built in 1958 and is one of the original homes in the area. It doesn’t stand straight but it’s pretty amazing and has loads of character. There is an inviting porch with wood screen doors to warm your heart. My …

Chickens in coop

Saying Good-bye to My Urban Farm

We purchased our modest post and beam home almost nine years ago from a sweet elderly couple whose home meant everything to them. They had helped design the house and lived in it from day one. They were only selling because they could no longer look after it and were moving to a care home. We believe our offer was picked because we weren’t builders who would bulldoze the house and build a new one which was the fate of many of the homes in the area. It was so cool to come across the little things they had done like putting a coin from the year they poured cement for the patio. Old banking slips from the 60’s tucked into the rafters of the storage and an old banner from the Pacific National Exhibition that was stapled in the crawl space. I left these jewels hidden in the spots I found them to bring others a smile while they think of the history of the home. I will never forget the day we moved …

Rasberry Stalks

Prepare For Rasberry Season

Not sure what to do with the mess of all those Raspberry canes and shoots jumping up all over the place? It’s easy and important to do the necessary pruning and thinning; this ensures good air circulation, better production and bigger berries. TOOLS NEEDED: PRUNERS  |  LOPPERS  |  CRAFT BEER   Look closely at all the canes just above the soil level; you will notice some are large, others are thin and some will be dead Remove at soil level the largest canes and the dead canes Now remove any canes which are growing in a weird direction, crossing or rubbing on other canes and any that are pencil size or smaller in diameter You should be left with lots of healthy, straight canes ranging in size from the thickness of your baby finger to your thumb as long as your thumb is not gianormus. Now have a good look at the canes that are left and you should see good spacing and a whole lot fewer canes. If you have more than one cane about …

Food Scraps

Quick Tips to Reduce Food Waste

My goal this year is to reduce food waste. Food waste has social, economic and environmental costs associated with it and is a hot topic right now. I compost all food waste that I can but the goal here is to avoid putting it in the compost in the first place. I certainly wouldn’t empty my wallet into the compost bin…… and filling it up with food we don’t use is no different than throwing away my hard earned $$$ These are the following steps we are taking to achieve our goals: Do not do the typical large grocery shop, instead only buy enough fresh food for 3 days If there are leftovers that are getting past human consumption or if there is food past the best before date give it to the dogs to eat. I often cut up left over meats and freeze them to use as dog training treats If the leftovers are not suitable for the dogs give it to the chickens. She eats all fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice and bread …