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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 Aug 27 2017

We’ve got a sizeable number of fruits to offer this year: 5 types of berries, apples (soon), peaches, cantaloupe, watermelon, and pears (soon). All organic, grown with attention to the soil nutrients following Michael Phillip’s biological approach.

We have peaches, cantaloupe and watermelon: first time ever! Also blackberries and aronia berries. We can offer the following crops: new harvest chard and kale, beet root and tops, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, beans (yellow, green and purple varieties) sorrel, New Zealand spinach, rhubarb, lovage, sweet cicely, arugula, basil, parsley, purslane, chives, cilantro, bulb onions and peppers.

Eggs are smaller than usual still, but plentiful. Packed as mixed weight dozens averaging to meet or exceed Canada Grade A standard.

I need to remind to order your meat: roasting chicken, beef and pork for delivery later in the year.

From the Permaculture Apprentice blogsite, some good advice: focus on five basic categories in daily resilience building: anything that has to do with water systems, infrastructure, growing or storing food, the farm economy, and expanding one’s social network and capital.

Says blog author Will Horvath, "If you’re like me and sometimes have a hard time ignoring all the negativity around us, try to focus your attention on what is within your control and influence. Your efforts matter.

When you do feel anxious, make sure you actually do something that day that moves you towards a more resilient situation. Set your bar low, so low, that doing small things is a win for the day.

Understand that to be really resilient and capable of handling things, no matter what happens, you’ll need to build inner resilience and be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Tools and gadgets are great, but your brain is the ultimate tool that needs sharpening daily.

In all of this, don’t forget to be grateful for the abundance in life you DO already have. It’s easy to be fearful, but we need reminding to be grateful. So, when you feel bad or down, reflect on the good things you have in your life.

Finally, one of the most important components of resilience is a community. Connect with others and start building a parallel system that will ensure you and the people around you have a good life, no matter what happens on the world stage."

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Ian and Cami