The Weblog

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 Sept 10 2018

Tomatoes, cabbage, onions, potatoes, chard, beans, peppers are all looking good. I’m amazed how well the tomatoes have lasted this year, and now I have lots of the yellow cherry size that are so popular.

I’ll have new ‘crop’ of activated compost in a month, amended with micronutrient mineral and biochar. Good to put on your garden and turn in, plant a covercrop on top is even better. Never leave your garden bare!

Around the farm I am discovering healthy saplings from my nut trees: Heartnut, English Walnut, Butternut. Often I can tell what they are from the nut shell still at the root. These are excellent shade trees, and the nuts are edible of course. I’ll dig and pot/wrap for you.

What’s up in the climate news? Try reading the blog, Faster Than Expected, for concise clips and nice pictures.

Old 99 Farm first week of Sept

I’m just putting this out on Friday afternoon to let you know we are here on Sunday for any orders. We have lots of tomatoes, cukes, baby chard, peppers, basil, potatoes, onions, garlic, even some zuchini!

Saturday we are at the Rise UP for Climate event at City Hall 1pm, and Locke Street Festival before and after that. Maybe you can join us!

I just got news that this is a global BIG deal: Hundreds of thousands expected to join global climate marches this weekend.

Protests against politicians’ failure to tackle the environmental crisis will take place in more than 90 countries.

See article in the Guardian

Hundreds of thousand of people in more than 90 countries are expected to take part in demonstrations this weekend to protest about the failure of politicians to tackle the global environmental crisis.

Organisers say more than 800 events – from marches to street theatre, acts of civil disobedience to mini festivals – will take place in towns and cities amid growing frustration at the lack of meaningful political action over the emerging climate breakdown.




11 am SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH (also 2 pm and 4 pm)





Nick Bryer from campaign group which is organising the event said: “Politicians are failing. They are still protecting the interests of the fossil fuel companies over the interests of people, despite mounting evidence of the devastation these companies and this system is causing the planet.”

He said the day of global demonstrations was about people around the world “rising up and demanding a different cause of action, a different future which puts people and a sustainable future before the interests of these huge corporations”.

One of the biggest protests is expected in Paris where up to 100,000 people are expected. Events in other European cities including Copenhagen, Brussels and Lisbon are also expected to attract tens of thousands of protesters.

The events come ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit that starts in San Fransisco next week and will see politicians and city leaders from around the world gather to discuss the climate crisis.

The real choice we all face is not what to buy, whether to fly or whether to have children but whether we are willing to commit to living ethically in a broken world, a world in which human beings are dependent for collective survival on a kind of ecological grace.

Old 99 Farm, week of Aug 25 2018

The Rise up for Climate public rally is at 1pm Sat Sept 8 at City Hall, not 7pm. Sorry bout that, please make a choice to stand up for emergency action to preserve a habitable climate in our lifetimes. Register your intent here

Here at the farm, we have tomatoes, Amish Paste, will texture of beefsteak type. Still ripening on the vines.

Cukes are doing well, as are beans, basil, arugula, potatoes, peppers, kale, spinach and beets.

My fav climate site this week is a 10 min doc on youtube, blending clips of leading spokespersons on the nature of the emergency. See coming disruption of the carbon bubble

I have collected my best of the best in this public folder on googledrive

Hamiton Rise up for Climate Sept 8

Hey it’s about time, the message of urgency is getting out there: leaders, governments, NGOs are facing the reality of climate emergency.

Hamilton Rising Up For Climate

Hamilton is one of hundreds of localities worldwide to take to the streets. Come out to City Hall 7pm Sat Sept 8th to make your stand in solidarity with the future.

I’m attending Hamilton Rises for Climate Action at 7pm at City Hall, Hamilton downtown.

On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us.

Join us as we hold leaders on all levels of government accountable and demand that they walk the talk on climate action.

Can you join me? Click here for details and to RSVP

Thanks! Please pass this on to friends and relations.

Old 99 Farm, week of Aug 19 2018

Lots of tomatoes, cherry reds and yellows, Amish paste/beefsteak for eating and making sauce.

Cukes are beautiful, right sized for pickles or larger for juicing and stuffing. Cami has been finding all sorts of cuke recipes. Cold cuke soup from Joy of Cooking was one of hte best.

Beans (purple, yellow, green), yellow sweet peppers, hot peppers, NZ Spinach, kale, parsley, basil, beets, cabbage (red, green and savoy), potatoes, rounds out the list this week.

Eggs: lots

Roasting chickens Lots.

Time to order your beef quarter for the fall. $100 deposit.

My web site discovery this week for climate news is Climate and Economy News. Two or three headlines for weekdays.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm, week of Aug 11 2018

Lots of cukes, just right for pickling, peaches, beans, kale, spinach, tomatoes, herbs, eggs, beef and chicken.

Come on by.

Ian and Cami

Old 99 Farm, week of Aug 3 2018

This week: cucumbers, tomatoes, arugula, chives, basil, beans, beets, chard, potatoes, peppers, onions, parsley, red and green cabbage, NZ spinach, aronia berries and peaches (Red Haven).

Climate site: Public address by Dahr Jamail, March 2018, climate journalist for Update on the State of the Planet: How Then Shall We Live?

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami

old 99 farm week of jly 30 2018

Yes, tomorrow is market day, I"ll pick for you for pick up friday to sunday, if you like.
Lots of cukes, potatoes, tomatoes, bean, kale.

See this for a real plan to deal with climate emergency:
Climate Mobilization Plan 2016

Healthy eating,
Ian and CAmi

old 99 farm, week of july 22, 2018

Lots of berries still, raspberries recovered after the rain on the weekend. Fully loaded. Currants, you only pick once, about half hte bushes have been harvested. Don’t wait till friday.

Lots of greens, and new beans (yellow and purple), cukes, even a few cherry tomatoes.

Put in the comment section if you want tomatoes.

My climate education site for the week is
ScienceDaily. Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.

Old 99 Farm, week of July14 2018

Gotta say it again, berry season is here! A bumper crop thanks to the irrigation. Come pick unsprayed, organic raspberries and currants here at Old99, then go next door for blueberries too!
Lot of cukes for pickling, slicing, salads, sandwiches.

Also offering eggs, beet, green and bulb onions, arugula, kale, chard, herbs (basil, chives, parsely, lovage, fennel), lamb, beef and pork.

My climate science link for the week is designed to make it easier to understand what is missing from the public discourse and leading us to be complacent about the risks. Job One for Humanity is here.

The four sessions of Permaculture and Climate Change, offered by Adrian Hodgson and myself are published on the web at this site: learn how to adapt a permaculture design to your lifestyle, live the good life in spite of climate disruption.