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This page contains news, event information, and other items added by myself, the intrepid farmer-in-process at Old 99. I send out a message every week, but most are set with a delete date about two weeks later. I archive some of the posts if they have content other than weekly availability of produce and meat.

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Old 99 Farm, week of Nov 19 2017


Very brief, just a reminder really. We’re still here! Veg, meats, eggs.

Here’s the best summary of COP 23 Bonn on Climate Change. http://www.eco-business.com/news/cop23-key-outcomes-agreed-at-the-un-climate-talks-in-bonn/

Healthy Eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 Farm, week of Nov 12 2017


Have you heard… 15000 scientists so far signed petition to heads of state that the climate crisis is urgent and risks extinction for humans. “The scientists around the world are very concerned about the state of the world, the environmental situation and climate change,” Ripple said. “So this allows them to have a collective voice.” Reported on CBC

We have greens, root vegetables, meats, including new beef, two quarters remaining each about 80lb of steaks, roasts and ground beef. Good choice of lamb and pork, and lots of stewing hens for chicken soup.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm, week of Nov 5, 2017


All the same good choices this week for vegetables and meats. I’ll have a whole beef in the freezer, half of which is already sold but will be lots of choice.
The Liberty apples are stored in the rootcellar, but won’t likely last as well this year due to the warm weather. We have carrots, beets and lettuce, to add to the squash, tomatoes (including Beefsteak), garlic, cilantro, parsley, watermelon, chives, Russet potatoes, onions, kale, spinach and arugula. Please
order your roasting chickens for December.

We had an overall successful set of speaking engagements with Guy McPherson and Abrupt Climate Change. Total attendance at 4 events was about 300. Most of the talks and interviews are available on youtube.

I’m continuing my interest in promoting and teaching people about permaculture and how to apply its design framework to one’s whole life. All the more relevant for us all in the face of uncertainty about stable climate, food production, and habitat for all species. If interested, you can contact me, to find out how to participate.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm,week of oct29 2017


This week is going to be crazy busy but we will have a market on Friday. This is the date of the presentation by Guy McPherson on Abrupt Climate Change at West Flamborough Presbyterian Church, 7pm.

Cami will be here to handle your orders from 4 to 5pm. If you come later, the order will be in the fridge.

Still lots of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, herbs,greens and root vegetables. Eggs are in good supply as are stewing hens, beef and pork.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami
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Old 99 Farm, week of Oct 21 2017


We had wonderful weather and a great turnout the cider-making day last saturday. I met lots of daughters Kelly and Kendra’s friends from Toronto. We made biochar for soil amendments from cleaned up tree prunings.

All the same good choices this week for vegetables and meats. The Liberty apples are stored in the rootcellar, but won’t likely last as well this year due to the warm weather. We have carrots, beets and lettuce, to add to the squash, tomatoes (including Beefsteak), garlic, cilantro, parsley, watermelon, chives, Russet potatoes, onions, kale, spinach and arugula. Fresh beef quarters available in two weeks, order your roasting chickens for December.

Reminder: Abrupt Climate Change talks coming up. Save a seat at eventbrite.ca
Friday Nov 3, 7pm, West Flamborough Presbyterian Church, 262 Middletown Rd, at Hwy 8.
McPherson is a professor emeritus and conservation biologist from U Arizona who early on collected peer reviewed data about causes, trends and consequences of human caused climate upset. He is controversial because he has named the ‘elephants in the room’, and challenged the politically correct optimism of most reporters and professional caution of most scientists.
McPherson unpacks why the unfounded optimism about the near term consequences of abrupt climate change is so dangerous. See how he arrives at a calculation of human extinction within a decade, certainly in this century.
Other scientists who look at the whole picture like Kevin Anderson, Thomas Goreau, James Hansen and Michael Mann have concluded that it may not be too late. They think there’s an outside chance that humans may possess the collective will and presence of mind to do what must be done, and to do it quickly, even if it means radically altering, even abolishing, industrial in favor of ecological civilisation. Is it likely humans will undertake the exhaustive efforts necessary to ensure our species will survive for another 1,000 years on Earth?

Be fully informed about climate change because only that way, with growing awareness, will the governments take action to reverse global warming due to carbon pollution. Are we too late? Maybe. Should we start trying to make a difference and do whatever it takes? Yes!

You can also hear Dr McPherson speak at McMaster to learn the facts about abrupt climate change and decide for yourself. Q&A open mike.
Psychology Building PC155
Tues. Nov. 7,10:30am

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 FArm cider day sat Oct 21


It’s a combined message this week, first an invitation to come out with kids (or not) and enjoy a potluck apple cider pressing. I do have 8 bushels of apples but you may want to contribute some too. start time 2 pm till about 5. should be nice day but will be making biochar too which means a fire to stay beside.

We have lots of greens, roots, tomatoes, peppers this week still. I will have fresh beef in two weeks, so you may want to check if there’s room in the freezer for a quarter. Carrots special on bulk buy 4kg or more.

Do you feel like the public is not getting the full story about Climate Change and maybe you would do things differently if you knew the facts? Don’t miss Fri. Nov 3 7pm – 9pm Guy McPherson lecture on Abrupt Climate Change at West Flamborough Presbyterian Church, 262 Middletown Rd at hwy8 (right near Wm Dam Seeds). Free, donation expected. Suitable for teens, not for kids. Discussion afterwards, refreshments. Workshop Sat and Sun: Only Love Remains, how to adapt one’s life in light of Climate Upset. $200, max 20 people

Healthy Eating
Ian and Cami

Old99 Farm, week of Oct 9 2017


Cooler weather now upon us, with rain, about 35 ml last week, more of the same coming this week.
The roasting chicks are now a month old, very lively, haven’t lost one yet due to piling on (when they get cold and do the mosh pit thing). Will be going to the butcher in less than two months. Have you ordered yours yet? $5/bird deposit please.

Lots of greens, tomatoes, roots. My organic Liberty apples are in the cold cellar, will keep nicely tillXmas.

Do you subscribe the Hamilton newsletter, CATCH? recent good summary of risks of flooding in the city. See this link for copy with further links to the local scene.

There are several climate events happening in Hamilton this month. Former Toronto mayor David Miller speaks at the McMaster Innovation Park at 7pm on October 18. Miller has just become the North American director of C40 Cities, a network of the world’s megacities committed to dealing with climate change.

The following week, local environmental leader Grant Linney is speaking on the climate change he saw during his visits this year to both Antarctica and the Canadian arctic. That’s sponsored by the local chapter of the Council of Canadians and the Hamilton 350 Committee and taking place Tuesday, October 24 at 639 Main Street East starting at 7pm.

Then on November 3 the controversial Dr Guy McPherson will give a lecture on the current science of abrupt climate change at Flamborough Presbyterian Church (Highway 8 and Middletown Road) at 7pm.
This event is my baby, with help from friends. Do you suspect you are not getting the whole story about climate risks, that is to say, probability x impact$$? This is the place to find out. (watch your reaction: slipping into ’don’t wanna know’ mode?

We’re also doing a workshop for a small number of people on saturday and sunday: Abrupt Climate Change: How will you show up? It’s akin to getting ready for many major change in one’s life. Call me for a pamphlet on this. 905 537 0163.

Yes, Cami’s doing quiches this week. would you like one? order asap.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 Farm, week of Sept 30 2017


We have lots of ripe tomatoes, the yellow plum type, red slicing and jumbo beefsteak.

I look for the orders friday morning to pick for the 4pm arrival time. You can leave me a msg if you plan to pick up at a time more convenient, sat or sunday.

Eggs are back to normal pricing,but I’ll leave the beef roast 15% discount on for another week. Good selection too.

No one’s trying the young Perpetual Green chard; it is really yummy and tender. Now is prime condition for salad greens or sauteing, steaming, soups. All leaves no stem.

Also now ready are new crop carrots, beets and lettuce, to add to the squash, tomatoes (including Beefsteak), garlic, cilantro, parsley, watermelon, chives, Russet potatoes, onions, kale, spinach and arugula.

In the fruits department: apples, asian pears, and tomatoes.

Meats are still available in good selection. If you want roasting chickens for next winter, please give me your order and deposit of $5 per bird. I have beef, pork, lamb and goose in the freezer.

I’ve posted some good content on my
facebook page lately, if you haven’t friended me, please do, you’ll see a tidy collection of really current sources on the climate, and some fun stuff on farms, food and animals!

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami

Old 99 Farm, week of Sept 24 2017


Wow what a hotspell, ground is really drying up but still a way ahead of last year. Greenhouses are really too hot, can’t get the heat out of them. But it means lots of ripe tomatoes, the yellow plum type, red slicing and jumbo beefsteak.

I look for the orders friday morning to pick for the 4pm arrival time. You can leave me a msg if you plan to pick up at a time more convenient, sat or sunday.

Eggs are back to normal pricing, thanks to all for coming last week with extra orders. Will hope to see you this week too!

The young Perpetual Green chard is really yummy and tender. We had a full bed of it in the greenhouse over the winter, it went to seed and self-propagated a month ago or so. Now is prime condition for salad greens or sauteing, steaming, soups. All leaves no stem.

Also now ready are new crop carrots, beets and lettuce, to add to the squash, tomatoes (including Beefsteak), garlic, cilantro, parsley, watermelon, chives, Russet potatoes, onions, kale, spinach and arugula.

In the fruits department: apples, blackberries, pears, asian pears, and tomatoes.

Special this week: Beef roasts 15% off listed price. Most are around 3 to 4 lbs. Try cutting in steak slices, marinating and barbequing. I did one like that last nite, a sirloin tip roast which is fine grained, no fat, and it was tender and flavourful.

Meats are still available in good selection. If you want roasting chickens for next winter, please give me your order and deposit of $5 per bird. I have beef, pork, lamb and goose in the freezer.

I’ve posted some good content on my facebook page lately, if you haven’t friended me, please do, you’ll see a tidy collection of really current sources on the climate, and some fun stuff on farms, food and animals!

Naomi Klein posted a tender essay about the family vacation this summer on the Sunshine Coast, smokey and tarnished by the huge forest fires raging out there.

Old 99 Farm, week of Sept 20 2017


Just when I get the egg production back up people slow down their buying! So I have lots of eggs, now on 3 for 2 special. Get some for your friends and relations.

Last week I added baby chard to the list of vegetables we can offer; we had a great crop of perpetual Green Chard, more flavourful than the coloured chards, in the greenhouse. It went to seed before we removed it, and now have several beds full of young chard, suitable for salads or steaming as a side dish, putting smoothies, soups etc.

Also now ready are new crop carrots, beets and lettuce, to add to the cantaloupe, squash, tomatoes (including Beefsteak), garlic, cilantro, parsley, new chives, Russet potatoes, onions, kale, spinach, three kinds of peppers, and arugula.

In the fruits department: apples, blackberries, pears, asian pears, and as mentioned melons and tomatoes.

Meats are still available in good selection. If you want roasting chickens for next winter, please give me your order and deposit of $5 per bird. I have beef, pork, lamb and goose in the freezer.

Another reminder for placing orders for beef quarters and roasting chickens. As soon as I get two orders I’ll take a beef to the butcher.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami