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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 June 21 2017


Writing this on Wed 21, the solstice. wow, already at the longest day of the year.

Thanks to the haying helpers, a big thanks, you know who you are!

Big request to you all to eat eggs and give them to friends and neighbours. I’ll help with a special offer: buy 3 dozen, get fourth free. That’s right, four for three. Devilled eggs, egg salads, quiches, etc.

Now is the season for meats from Old99, pork, beef, lamb all good for the bbq or oven.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami,

btw, see my facebook for great video on communicating climate change: Suzanne Moser. Intro says Safeguarding what we know, what we have, what is familiar and treasured in the face of climate change is and will be an increasingly difficult task. For many aspects of modern life, for human communities most at risk from climate change impacts and for countless species and ecosystems the task at hand is nothing short of heroic, and over time it may be “hospice work.” Those charged with protecting and helping natural and human communities and systems adapt are increasingly aware of this challenge (and need support in this task), as do those already well aware of the risks of climate change. Many others don’t know yet, and many don’t want to find out. How do we engage them? How do we communicate with them about climate risks and possible solutions, even if those solutions are imperfect? How do we sustain their engagement for the long haul? The presentation will offer insights into effective communication of climate change impacts and adaptation, with particular emphasis on the psychological dimensions that underlie people’s responses and that can help or hinder their constructive and sustained engagement in preparing for the future."

Hay mang today Monday


I have a few helpers thank you indeed for the hearty early response from you. We got the hay cut and baled on the weekend.

Now a few hours to load the wagon and move it to the barn is all that’s left. I could really use a couple of you to come for about 2 hours today starting at 11am. Or when you can.

A couple people on the wagon and a couple in the barn makes it easy on every one.

I thank you all,

Ian

old 99 farm, week of June 11 2017


Beef and pork will be in the freezers this week; raised here, fed organically, well-treated. They had a good life and I a grateful for their presence.

Lots of eggs, please consider that you could buy eggs here.

Greens: chard, spinach, cabbage, onions, rhubarb, asparagus.

I’m requesting help to come put the hay in the barn today monday. This job needs a couple of people in the barn and a couple on the ground outside. We have fun while we’re at it. If you can help out, please come around 11 for a couple hours or later if that works.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm, week of May 28 2017


Ever heard of the ‘marshmellow experiment’ and Walter Mischel? He’s famous for his insights about how humans learn delayed gratification. see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b3SWsjWzdA&t=15s for one of many youtube videos. Very relevant to current public policy direction around abrupt climate disruption.

Lots of greens and eggs, meats and yes fresh pork, I’m getting the meat back from the butcher today wednesday. If you ordered a side, you can pick up friday. Beef will be here next week.

I’ll be cutting hay as soon as next week and would very much like help moving it to the barn. Any volunteers for a couple hours?

The Milk Injunction case is in court in Newmarket now. I went on Monday. You can read a description of events here. Decision not handed down yet.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami

Milk Legal Battle finale next week


First read this: http://www.davidgumpert.com/o-canada-will-become-first-nation-criminalize-raw-milk-consumption

Supporters of farmgate food sources,
The time has come to put our time, our money or our mouth where our passion lies. I know we are passionate about having raw milk for our families, however unless each one of us steps up and commits to taking some action to support our farmers, they may be forced to give up the fight due to the toll this whole process takes on their health. Remember they will be able to continue drinking their raw milk if the injunction is enforced by the court, however we will not.

In fact, under the conditions of the injunction, anyone even talking about the consumption of the raw milk or trying to solicit it from a farmer can be held criminally liable. My point is this is our cause!

Please make a commitment to one of the suggestions below clicking on the link and signing your name. Stand up and be counted! We the people have the power however we must take an action!

Options:
1. PLEASE make arrangements now to take that day (or just the morning) off to attend the hearing at the Newmarket Courthouse at 50 Eagle St W, Newmarket, ON L3Y 6B1.
It is absolutely critical that as many people as possible be there.
We are going to have a peaceful rally in front of the court house. Please bring signs.
Sign up here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-16r69Byd6mTz8mWoNGWYXotPxXR1T-ZUbrOJ-32NtM/edit?usp=sharing

2. Go to https://www.gofundme.com/foodrights and pledge a one-time amount to the cause or a smaller monthly amount for 6-12 months.
3. Have friends over and discuss why you are passionate about the freedom to choose raw milk.
4. Make a phone call to your MPP and let him/her know why this is important to you. Be clear that harassing our farmers is not where you want your hard earned tax dollars to go. Ask for direction in how to go about having this archaic law abolished and encourage dialog with the producers of raw milk.
5. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper asking why this story is not being covered by them.
6. Call your radio station and ask to speak to the news room and share your frustration that they are complacent about the government handling of this whole issue. My goodness, when animals are rescued from abusive factories it hits all the airwaves and yet nothing about this important subject?
7. Write to TVO and fill them in on this ridiculous case.

Please if you have any other idea, share it. Together we can find the solution!
Keep blowing whistles. They have to hear us and they have to finally listen.

Old 99 farm, week of May 21 2017


oops no nice memo this week, just this reminder sent out thursday. i’ll check for new orders by noon friday.

Rhubarb ideas see www.rhubarb-central.com for dozens of recipes.

Asparagus is coming up daily. very tender this year.

Community BBQ and Perennial Plant Swap
This saturday May 27th, 9am to 1pm, West Flamborough Presbyterian Church, 262 Middletown Rd @Christie’s Corners, (near Wm Dam Seeds). Bring a plant, take a plant or just help yourself this year!

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm, week of May 14 2017


The rhubarb is gorgeous this year, very red stems and luxurious growth from each mound. I had some lightly steamed and sweetened with maple syrup yesterday. Reduced price still on.

Lots of greens: chard, spinach, lettuce, kale. Almost out of baking potatoes, the Russets, but still have pink and purple varieties. Lots of garlic: add it to your mashed potatoes!

Will have beef in the freezer in two weeks and pork shortly thereafter.

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami.

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Old 99 farm, week of May 8 2017


Lots of vegetables in the greenhouse. Potatoes in cold cellar, out of onions though. Garlic half price at $1/each. Lots of pork and lamb, very little chicken left, we do have turkey and goose.

People comment they like the occasional ‘soapbox’ editorializing I do here about social issues, mainly climate so I will from time to time. But drop in at my facebook page and ‘friend’ me, to see what really interesting news and science I share there more frequently.

Health eating,
Ian and Cami

PS first asparagus now being harvested. Lots of rhubarb, price reduced to $5/kg.

Old 99 Farm, week of May 1st 2017


I heard from several regulars that the reminder helps. So I’ll have something in your inbox early in the week. Every week.

The green vegetables are lush and ready to harvest, I hope you realize how unique this is to have locally grown greens, organic, from a farmer you know! We have new harvest kale, sorrel, rhubarb, chard, cabbage, mixed greens, arugula, claytonia, leek, lovage, parsley, cilantro, sweet cicely, chives. From storage: potatoes (pink, dakota and purple), garlic, onions. Will have transplants for sale: tomatoes, and more. Our tomatoes went in the ground this week, plants are in bloom.

The three pigs are about market weight now, one is sold but I am taking deposits for halves or wholes, $100 would do. Will have beef in a month. Remember I have goose and turkey on at half price now. Pork and lamb are still in good supply.

We’re going to get drenched later this week with 2 to 3 inches of rain, according to forecast. All this water makes it very likely farmers will not be able to get on their fields for some weeks yet.

Healthy eating
Ian and Cami

Old 99 farm week of apr 23 2017


Two orders in this week as of tonite, Thursday. Does the weekly prompt memo really make a difference for people? Same fresh greens growing in the greenhouse, same eggs, frozen meats: chicken, lamb and pork, and cold storage crops. Lots to eat here. It’s all online easy to order.

Tomorrow morning our MP Filomena TAssi is holding an ‘tea time’ at 9:30 to 10:30am at her constituency office at 1686 Main St west. There is lots of parking at the site so why not drop in to tell her what you like and don’t like about the Justin record so far? I’m attending to plug the climate crisis and why we need leadership from Justin. Tassi has a facebook page and a Twitter account; her phone # is 905 529-5435.

This fall I have undertaken to host Guy McPherson, the conservation biologist whohttps://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/guy-mcpherson-e-canada-ne-us-2017-events—2 has been alone in braving the storm of ridicule to get the news out that climate disruption is real and already happening, with dark consequences for all life on earth, including humans. you can find lots of his speeches on youtube. This is serious stuff. To fund the travel and event costs there is a crowdfunding site operational now. I wonder if any of you would consider passing the hat for $20 to help this along?

Healthy eating,
Ian and Cami