ENJOYING THE ‘FAMILY DAY’ STAT HOLIDAY WITH OUR FAMILY 🙂
February on the Farm — There’s always repairs and maintenance on feeders, waterers, bins, out-buildings, fences, machinery, etc. Frozen water-bowls, fountains and pipes can be a big problem during the frigid winter months and this year is no exception. It is also the time of year for many farmer’s ‘year end’, where financial statements need to be completed, income tax forms prepared. Visits with lenders or farm management personnel are a necessity plus reviewing and analyzing the past year and making plans for the new year. Delivering grain to be sold, continuing education to learn new and better things and how to apply them. Keeping abreast of changes and how they affect the farm. Seminars and trade shows also bring new ideas and products — It’s also the time of year for a little ‘time off’ to recharge both physically and mentally and prepare for the busy spring season ahead 🙂 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH: (excerpts from gardening gurus Mark & Ben Cullen’s Newsletter)
1. Time to dream. Winter is not just for hockey or, in the case this season, winter Olympics. It is a time for us to reflect on what we experienced out of doors this past year, especially where our gardens are concerned. How did your experience shape your plans for this coming year?
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Read, listen and digest. What a great time of year to pick up some gardening magazines, read on-line blogs, listen to podcasts and you name it. This is your best chance of the year to gather ideas, inspiration and facts. Like squirrels gathering nuts in autumn, this is our time. You won’t regret the mind-expanding exercise of all of this. Could we be so bold as to suggest that you browse www.markcullen.com? Visit our library where there are over 4,000 newspaper articles archived.
5. 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.
6. Buy some more flowers. Valentines Day is a Wednesday this year. Buy your sweet heart, and your other loved ones, some flowers. Mark made a habit of bringing home a small flowering plant for each of his four kids each Valentines Day when they were living at home — He has no regrets. You won’t regret buying fresh cut flowers, roses or otherwise, for your #1 sweetie. Why? Cause their love is as sweet as today’s blossom bright. The scent of which inspires you. And silk flowers just don’t cut it. Take our word for it.
Order seeds from seed company catalogues. Veseys 2018 catalogue is available online — www.veseys.com
Feed the birds. If you stopped feeding your wild birds in the summer, now is a good time to fill your feeders. Clean them before you set them up and start 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.
Relax, enjoy and indulge. Our long Canadian winter provides lots of time to be alone and to work off the excess of the holiday season.
GARDEN HOW-TO VIDEOS: Canada’s gardening gurus, Mark Cullen & son, Ben, had a great time shooting new videos in the garden.
Here are 3 gardening videos that will inform and entertain you — Check them out:
News and Events:
It’s Maple Syrup Season!
Each spring, residents and visitors travel to north Durham to attend the annual Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival and Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival. Here, visitors can experience the innovations of today’s maple syrup industry first-hand and to enjoy a fun, event-filled weekend, all while supporting local agriculture. The Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival begins March 9, and the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival will be held the first weekend of April.
Durham Farm Connections 12th Annual Grade 3 Program is taking place in April
From April 3 to 5, Grade 3 students will learn about the farm communities within Durham Region and the farmers who help put food on our tables! Each year, more than 1,200 students rotate through nine different agriculture-themed stations which include live animal displays and hands-on demonstrations by local farmers. This year’s stations include apples, eggs, crops, dairy, pork, beef, land stewardship, sheep and vegetables. DFC also hosts an evening OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, April 4th where all activities/stations are open to the public to learn about the farm — To learn more, visit DurhamFarmConnections.ca.
Canada celebrates Agriculture Day on February 13, 2018
Canada’s Agriculture Day is a time to showcase the amazing things happening in our industry, and create a closer connection with consumers about where their food comes from, and the people who produce it. To learn about initiatives and events taking place all over the country, visit AgricultureMoreThanEver.ca.
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.
2016 Agriculture Census data available: The 2016 Census of Agriculture is now available and provides an overview of the nation’s agriculture industry and farm operators and families. Learn more about the 2016 Agriculture Census.
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.
February 13: Canada’s Agriculture Day
February 21: Central East Ontario Precision Ag Summit
April 4: Durham Farm Connections Open House