MAY ON THE FARM — Optimism is in the air with the winter behind us.  Thoughts drift to spring planting and fertilizing instead of dealing with snow drifts and ice. Still tweaking the equipment to make sure they’re in tip-top shape for planting.  ‘Mud season’ hampers getting on the land in the wetter spots.  We all anxiously await spring’s burst of colour back into the world.  The birds wintering in the south slowly work they’re way back to visit your feeders, seemingly more hungry than their winter partners.  Ordering and planning housing for your backyard flock for your chickens, turkeys, game birds and laying hens.  Starting your indoor garden and flower seeds, making sure to harden them off bit-by-bit.  Planting trees, shrubs, evergreens and roses.  Digging/dividing any perennials, sharing with family, friends, neighbours or your local garden club.  The long-awaited arrival of the season with it brings a spring in our step and a smile on our face 🙂

OUR GARDEN CENTRE IS OPEN FOR THE 2018 GARDENING SEASON!!!

Come check out all the beautiful plants ready for your garden, patio or deck! 
STORE OPEN:  Monday to Friday — 8 am to 5:30 pm
Saturdays — 8 am to 2 pm                                                                 
This Sunday May 27th — 10 am to 2 pm (Closed Sundays after this weekend)

***We are proud to source our plants from a local, family-owned & operated garden centre who grows healthy and vigourous plants with lots of local TLC. 

  • We offer many varieties of annual bedding plants to choose from as well as 4″ and quart pots of trailing and upright flowers, grasses and spikes, plus assorted beautiful hanging baskets and planters to brighten up your garden or deck.
  • For your vegetable garden, choose from boxes or flats of your favourite vegetables.  We also have 4″ pots of tomatoes and peppers and 10″ pots of well-established tomato plants to have those tasty early tomatoes right from your deck or garden.
  • Don’t forget we’ve got vegetable and flower seed packets, seed potatoes, onions and garlic bulbs inside the store!
  • Also offering Certified Organic potting soils, triple mixes, compost and lawn dresser mix to augment your gardens, planters or lawn.  Save water and weed-pulling by putting down landscape mulch in a variety of colours offered.
  • We offer competitive pricing on our garden centre’s offerings of locally-grown plants that will give you the look and performance you desire for your gardens, baskets and planters.
  • Ask Melanie for ideas, tips and suggestions on plant types for specific planters, garden soil types and locations to get the best performance for your gardens, decks and patios.
  • Look for new garden accents, accessories, planter pots and decor to complete your gardening experience.

THESE ARE REMARKABLE TIMES IN THE WORLD VITAMIN MARKET.  Due to environmental issues in China and a destructive fire in Germany, the availability of vitamin A & E has become extremely limited. This is a good article from that discusses the current world vitamin shortage and the concerns with reducing or taking vitamin’s out of the diet.  progressivedairy.com-Feeding strategies to address vitamin A and E shortage

     

DAY-OLD MEAT & LAYER CHICKS & TURKEYS POULTS:

2018 Order Form & Price List — Chicks & Turkeys — Day-Old

FOR YOUR 2018 BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCK — Download our 2018 Order Form & Price List to place your orders for this year’s chicks and turkeys.  

DUCKLINGS, GOSLINGS, GUINEA HEN KEETS & PHEASANTS:

2018 Order Form & Price List — Ducklings, Goslings, Guinea Keets & Pheasants

FOR YOUR 2018 BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCK — Download our 2018 Order Form & Price List to place your orders for this year’s ducklings, goslings, guinea hen keets and pheasants.

READY-TO-LAY CHICKENS:

2018 Order Form & Price List — Ready-to-Lay Pullets

FOR YOUR 2018 BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCK — Download our 2018 Order Form & Price List to place your orders for ready-to-lay pullets.

We try to bring in a load of ~19-week old ready-to-lay hens roughly once per month from April to October but frequency depends upon order volume numbers, hen availability and delivery truck scheduling — We can’t set an pre-determined date as it’s not an exact science for when our order will arrive.  Simply place your order with us and we will contact you when we know when delivery date to our store will be — You can decide then if this date works for you.  Unfortunately, we don’t carry birds over to after delivery date — Hens must be picked up delivery day.  ***Please note:  Our policy for any orders of six birds or less must be paid when ordering.

Antimicrobials Resistance Update — 2018

As of December 1, 2018, all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs) for veterinary use will be sold by prescription only.   Antimicrobial drugs like antibiotics are important to fight bacterial infections in humans and animals.   All medically important antimicrobials will be on the Prescription Drug List – Products for Veterinary Use

You will need to get a prescription from a veterinarian for your animals for:

Prescription drugs (including, for example, injectables, in-water and in-feed formulations).  You will be able to buy these drugs from a veterinarian or pharmacist.  Importation rules will continue as per existing Food and Drug Regulations.

Prescription medicated feed – This is livestock feed that contains a prescription drug, including supplements, macro & micro premixes and complete feed.  You will be able to buy these medicated feeds from a commercial feed mill, veterinarian or pharmacist with a veterinary prescription.

The Prescription Drug List (PDL) is a list of medicinal ingredients. Any drug containing an ingredient on this list must be sold by prescription.  Since 2004, new MIAs approved by Health Canada have been included on the PDL and must be sold by prescription.  We are now moving all remaining MIAs approved for veterinary use before 2004 to the PDL. With this change, we establish the same level of oversight for those MIAs approved before 2004 as for those approved after.

 The following MIA ingredients will be included on the PDL for Veterinary Use: Apramycin; Bacitracin; Erythromycin; Lincomycin; Neomycin; Penicillin G; Spectinomycin; Streptomycin/Dihydrostreptomycin; Sulphonamides; Tilmicosin; Tiamulin; Tylosin/Tylvalosin; Virginiamycin; Tetracycline/Chlortetracycline/Oxytetracycline; Or their salts or derivatives.   This includes all dosage forms whether in feed, water, otic, oral, topical, implant, injectable, intrauterine, intramammary or dusting powder.There will be changes to the labels of MIAs:  a “Pr” will be on the principal display panel;  growth promotion claims and related directions for use will be removed; responsible use statements will be put on labels of all in-feed and in-water MIAs. 

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BACKYARD BIRDS:

For feeding your feathered friends, we have all the bird feeders, feed, peanuts, suet and other backyard wildlife supplies to keep them visiting your back yard.  

Follow this link: ‘YOUR BIRDS & WILDLIFE’ to visit our page where you’ll find valuable information on both hosting and deterring backyard wildlife.

BACKYARD WILDLIFE:

For those who enjoy seeing deer graze on their property, Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs manufactures their own custom Deer Mix that will attract deer to visit plus we stock whole corn, grains, deer & salt blocks.

***Sorry, our custom deer mix is available only in fall & winter seasons when there is less access to food for deer in the wild.

LAWN & GARDEN:

THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH  — with excerpts from gardening gurus Mark & Ben Cullen’s Newsletter

Starting more seeds and hardening off seedlings is an ongoing project that starts in March right into May.  With veggies, we start early and plant seeds in succession, so we can transplant seedlings at various stages of maturity – this ensures that the crops don’t all come at once.

By mid-April to early May, we harden off some of our seedlings in a cold frame against the potting shed at Mark’s, and a mini-greenhouse that Ben has on his porch so that they are ready to be planted early.

By mid- April to early May, weather permitting, we’ll be direct sowing some of our more cold-tolerant crops such as beets, broccoli, salad mixes (including choy and kale), peas, potatoes, leeks and carrots. Direct sowing is our favourite way to grow many veggies as it is so straight forward, and eliminates all the costs associated with seed starting indoors or buying seedlings. You can save up to 90% off the price of store-bought transplants by direct-sowing seeds in your garden.

 

Plant trees, shrubs, evergreens and perennials. Mid-late April/early May is an ideal time to buy trees, shrubs, evergreens and dormant roses for the garden — The selection at retailers is the best. Be careful to avoid ‘soft’ perennials that have been greenhouse forced to blossom early.  Plant hardy annuals such as pansies, violas, ranunculus, and anemones.

Top dress your beds with compost wherever you plant. Don’t bother “digging it in”, the worms are happy to do that work for you- pulling compost down into the soil, producing nutrient-rich worm castings.

Setup your rain barrels and garden furniture.  You never know – if we have a warm snap this month, you’re going to need somewhere to sit while you enjoy that sun!

Rake your lawn with a soft rake once it’s dry enough to walk on. You want to get those grass blades standing up and remove any debris. Then apply a quality, slow release fertilizer.  Wright’s Feeds has landscaper blend lawn fertilizer 28 – 4 – 8 with 60% slow-release nitrogen, both with added iron (for that dark green lawn) or without.  Ask about our updated 28 – 4 – 8, 60% SCU with ADDED IRON — This product will give your lawn the darkest green colour that you’ve ever had!! And it’s the same price as our original product — BONUS!

 

Control insects and diseases. Apply Green Earth Dormant Spray to kill overwintering insects and diseases.  The combination of dormant oil and lime sulphur does a magnificent job of cutting your summer spray applications down and helping you produce tasty fruit from your fruit trees, roses from your rose bushes and great looking flowers on your flowering shrubs.   The secret? Apply when night temperatures are above freezing and before the blossom or leaf buds have broken on your deciduous trees, shrubs and roses.

 

Sharpen the blade on your lawn mower and change the oil.   You’ll likely be too busy to do that when it’s time to start mowing in May. Hopefully by now you’ve ditched the gas mower for electric, but if not, that’s up to you.  Scrape/clean out the mower deck of last year’s debris, giving it a good spraying with the hose and check for loose connections on bolts and engine parts.  A little work ahead of the beginning of lawn-mowing season will save you time down the road.

 

Plans, what plans We mention plans intentionally.  Really, is there a better time of year to plan the garden of your dreams?  They say that you have to ‘dream it’ before it can become reality.  Whatever ‘it’ is, perhaps this year you try some new veggie varieties, expand the garden, add some pollinating plants (i.e. native) or build a deck, patio or walkway.   Now is the time to dream it.

Call a professional.  It is SO predictable.  The warm weather of spring and early summer turns our attention to the garden and we get all fired up about making changes.  You call a garden contractor or designer and you get put on hold.  Literally, you wait for weeks or maybe a month just for a visit from a professional who is run off their feet that time of year. The same people this time of year? No.  They would love to hear from you.  And we will speculate that you will get better quality work as a result.  How so? When a contractor, who is in the highly seasonal business of gardening, can sit with you, ask you questions and digest the information into an action plan that suits you both, you always end up better in the end. Likely, they can start the work earlier and sometimes they can offer better, early season pricing.  We are here to plant the seed in your head.  The rest is up to you.

Buy some flowers.  Bring some spring-time colour and fragrance inside your home with a pot full of flowering bulbs.  Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths.  You name it.  They are not expensive, and they pay dividends as they lift your spirits, brighten any room and stimulate your olfactory system -that part of your brain that responds to natural, sweet scents — You get the idea.

 

 

Feed the birds.  Birds wintering in the south will be on their way back over the next month or so —  Clean your feeders again  and fill with Wright’s Premium Wild Bird Seed — Birds love it and it is great value!  Also available are sunflower seed, safflower seed, peanuts (both in and out of the shell), nyjer seed, suet, corn cobs and lots of feeders for all types of backyard birds.

GARDEN HOW-TO VIDEOS:

Canada’s gardening gurus, Mark Cullen & son, Ben, had a great time shooting new videos in the garden.  Here are a few  gardening videos that will inform and entertain you — Check them out:

How-To Deadhead Annuals and Perennials

The Benefits of Mulch

Plant Selection for the East Side of Your Home

News and Events:

Lunar Rhythm Gardens’ new pick-up location 
in Brooklin is now open!

Lunar Rhythm Gardens is a Community Supported and Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) Farm that has recently added a new Durham CSA pick up location to their list. Lunar Rhythm Gardens proudly serves Durham Region with their sites in Bowmanville, Port Perry and now Brooklin – open Wednesday nights from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 20 Baldwin Street.   Pick up your fresh vegetables and naturally raised meats at one of their three pickup locations today! For more information on locations and hours of operation in Durham Region, please visit csafarmdurhamkawartha.com.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership now accepting funding applications for federal activities and programs:  Did you know there are various Canadian Agricultural Partnership federal activities and programs available to you? The federally funded activities and programs focus on three key areas: growing trade and expanding markets; innovative and sustainable growth in the sector; and supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector. These include the AgriMarketing Program, AgriCompetitiveness Program, AgriScience Program, AgriInnovate Program, AgriDiversity Program, and the AgriAssurance Program.  To learn more about the Canadian Agriculture Partnership Federal activities and programs, please visit agr.gc.ca.

Cartwright Sports & Recreation Inc. is excited to be hosting their Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 2nd at Sunnybrae Golf Course in Port Perry.  Registration & Lunch begins at 12:00 pm and Shotgun Start at 1:00 pm.  Registration fee of $120.00 per player includes 18 holes of golf, power golf cart, BBQ lunch, Steak dinner, ‘Passport’ into Putting and Poker Contests and more.

Hole sponsors and contest sponsors are welcomed as well as general donations and helping hands for the tournament.

Cartwright Sports & Recreation, Inc. (a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation) continues to develop and improve their Park and its facilities at Cartwright Fields in Nestleton, Ontario for their users and the surrounding communities with all the proceeds received from our fundraising events.  

Here’s a list of their current and planned projects for Cartwright Fields in Nestleton: 

  1. Working with the Township of Scugog to install an innovative Disc Golf Course throughout the walking trails and adjacent Park grounds at Cartwright Fields plus upgrading to LED lighting at the upper ball diamond for more cost-efficient and brighter lighting
  2. Developing plans to build a new covered shelter area at the lower diamond 
  3. Exploring ways to create an accessible pathway to the lower diamond area 
  4. Maintaining and upgrading the walking trails at the Park biannually, along with volunteer student and community assistance
  5. Provide opportunities for community members to dedicate memorial trees and benches throughout the Park for all to enjoy.   

For information or to support this golf tournament fundraiser — Either by participating as a golfer, through sponsorship, a donation or if you would like to volunteer to help out, please contact Melanie Wright at 905-986-4201 or email wrightsfeeds@gmail.com.  You may also visit CSR’s website at www.cartwrightfields.ca where you will find both a ‘PayPal — Click here to pay’ button to pay for golf registration fees plus a ‘Donate now with PayPal’ button further down the home page to make a general donation towards the organization/event.

Local Food Investment Fund now accepting grant applications:  The Greenbelt Fund has launched its Local Food Investment Fund (LFIF) – an agri-food grant program funded by the Government of Ontario. LFIF offers three streams of financial support to local food leaders across Ontario that share the common goal of increasing the amount of local food consumed in the province. These include the Broader Public Sector Grant Stream, Market Access Grant Stream and the Local Food Literacy Grant Stream.   Applications are now being accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30.  To review the application guidelines and apply for a grant stream, visit greenbeltfund.ca.

 

Apply now for the 2018 Premier’s Award for  Agri-Food Innovation Excellence:  

Are you an agri-food organization, processor or primary producer or farmer? If you answered yes, then you may be eligible to win the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence! This program supports and recognizes the ongoing efforts and innovation of local agri-food businesses and individuals who are adding value to existing products, helping to create jobs and contributing to economic growth. The awards include the Premier’s Award, the Minister’s Award, the Leaders in Innovation Award and the Provincial Award. Applications are now open and will be accepted until May 25 at 5 p.m.  Visit omafra.gov.on.ca to review the application checklist and apply for an award today!

Local 4H leader wins Syngenta 4H Arbour Award Livestock Lane’ is an idea that Mary Ann Found put in place almost six years ago, with a primary focus on agriculture education.  This is the primary reason why she received the Syngenta 4H Ontario Arbour Award-the highest honour a 4H volunteer can receive in Ontario.

The award recognizes the dedication and hard work that volunteers contribute as 4H leaders.  Mary Ann is a retired school teacher, and never stops teaching children about agriculture.  From talking cows, to a wide variety of workshops, Mary Ann is creative in her teaching methods. Congratulations Mary Ann!  To learn more about Mary Ann and about the Syngenta 4H Arbour Award read the 4H Ontario press release.

The History of the Mustard family

The Mustard family, which owns a dairy farm in Uxbridge, was featured in the winter 2018 Ontario Holstein Link magazine.  The article talks about how the farm has been in the family since 1853 and is now on its sixth generation.  It also explains how the family hasn’t always owned cows, and how they got where they are today.

 

 

The Durham Region 5 Million Trees Program is part of the Durham Community Climate Change Local Action Plan, with the goal of increasing forest cover in the region by approximately 2,800 hectares.  To be eligible, landowners must have 2.5 acres of non-agricultural land to plant.  Forests Ontario plants the trees at a highly subsidized rate and checks their survival at various intervals in the following few years.  Learn more about Durham Region’s 5 Million Trees Program.

 

The On-Farm Childcare Program, offered by Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources (DFRFR), is designed to provide quality child care for farm families who reside in Durham where at least one of the parents’ primary source of income is through a farm operation.  The program operates from May to September and allows parents to concentrate on farm work during peak times, without having their children in the workplace.  Learn more about the On Farm Childcare Program.

Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources (DFRFR) presents their annual Safety Day for Kids on May 26 at the Port Perry Fairgrounds. The family friendly event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of safety demonstrations, discussions and a goody bags for each participant.

Thanks for attending Durham Farm Connections Grade 3 Program and Open House

This year, Durham Farm Connections hosted over 1,200 students for their annual Grade 3 program. The event took place from April 3 to 5 at Luther Vipond Memorial Arena in Brooklin, taking students through agriculture-themed stations that included live animal displays and hands-on demonstrations by local farmers.   In addition to the student program, residents from across the region were invited to attend the Durham Farm Connections Open House on April 4. This family friendly event featured various educational stations and gave residents a chance to meet with local farmers and see livestock. Admission was free, but donations of non-perishable food items were kindly accepted on behalf of the local food bank.   To learn more about the Durham Farm Connections Grade 3 program and Open House, please visit DurhamFarmConnections.ca.

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