Brendan shares his techniques for bringing new land into production, and delves into the ins and outs of tillage and mechanical weed control on raised beds. We also dig into marketing in Thunder Bay, an isolated city eight hours from other metropolitan areas with no history of market farming, as well as the impact of their isolation and extreme climate on production and input choices.
We also discuss how the farm survived a serious accident two years ago, the impact that accident had on the farm and on Brendan, and how they managed their way through the crisis. We also discuss the pieces that Brendan and Marcelle had in place that helped the farm survive.
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Quotes from the Show
Yeah, not everything we do makes sense, Chris. It would have been a lot easier to go and get a job in town too, so we didn't do that. Actually, we did, but then we quit those jobs.
I just finally reached a threshold with old farm equipment. It's quaint, and it's nice, and it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside to resurrect something from someone's hedgerow, but the reality is that stuff is worn out, generally speaking. It's more hassle than it's worth.
One thing the doctors and mill workers all have in common is that they eat.
We're vegetable farmers in the summer and we're poop farmers in the winter.
The Lesche Bed Shaper from Market Farm Implement provides Sleep G with a low-horsepower tool to build raised beds.
Sleepy G invested in a Tuff-bilt tractor as a substitute for an antique Allis Chalmers G.
Brendan used flameweeders.com to source parts for his homemade flame weeder.
Sleepy G uses Member Assembler online CSA software to ease the burden of CSA management.
Brendan loves his Cadman Hose Reel for irrigating Sleepy G’s field crops.