Many visitors to our farm have asked how we became alpaca farmers. The answers and more about our lives in the county raising alpaca and enjoying rural life on a sustainable farm is found in this radio interview - Life on the Farm with Lynn Weber from County 99.3 in the spring 2015. We hope you enjoy!
In the SHED we recently discovered that all seeds are not created equal! We were looking for heirloom & heritage seeds to start in our raised square foot gardens this spring. We recently met Stacey from Edible Antiques - A creative and inspiring small seed company. All of her seeds are grown in Prince Edward County and are therefore, regionally adapted to our climate and soil conditions. Weather here is somewhat extreme compared to our surrounding areas because we are an island (which is the giant peninsula in the middle of Lake Ontario) so these plants often experience extreme cold, extreme heat, extreme rain or extreme drought…depending on the time of the season! Long story short…these seeds are fairly hardy!
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. In this first series of blogs looking at the value of soil - We asked Carson Arthur who is an outdoor design and lifestyle expert and co-host of HGTV’s Critical Listing to explain how to go organic in the garden....
Organic growth is the way to go - Carson Arthur
As this trend of growing heirloom vegetables continues, there seems to be a transition away from synthetic fertilizers to feed them. This isn’t surprising as ‘GMO-messaging’ and benefits of organic food information becomes mainstream. As a result, health conscious homeowners like myself are returning to using manure as a soil conditioner.
SHED SHIT - Alpaca poo for spring gardening www.shedchetwynfarms.com
SHED SHIT - Our air-cured and ground alpaca bean products - great for enhancing the soil with extra nutrients (1.2.1) Available in 2 forms - Bag of Beans - (1lb $10.00) Sprinkle around plants and seedlings, or "Tea-Bags" (2x 1oz bags $7.50) allow to steep in water and pour on seedlings and transplants! From our friend Carson Arthur......
"As this trend of growing heirloom vegetables continues, there seems to be a transition away from synthetic fertilizers to feed them. This isn’t surprising as ‘GMO-messaging’ and benefits of organic food information becomes mainstream. As a result, health conscious homeowners like myself are returning to using manure as a soil conditioner.
This time of year were in the final stages of designing and creating our 2015 spring collection. The raw fibre we sheered from our alpaca last spring is the basis of this years collection. Either the "blanket" (the most prized fleece an alpaca produces) which we cherish and use only for hand-crafted knit goods and yarn by the skein or fleece not suitable for spinning into yarn (which we use for felting and bird fleece products, or even the alpaca beans (manure) are all worked into our annual offerings.