April showers brings May flowers

Hello, Friends!

It has been a while since we last updated you as to progress at the farm. After a long winter, and a very wet spring (so far), we are getting a head start at the farm in preparation for a second year research study with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, and general maintanence like cutting the grass, putting the finishing touches on our new steel building, and contemplating installing a well (finally). We are hoping to complete a gravel road from the county road to our new building and plant a few ornamental trees (like cherry blossom, crab apple, etc.) to create a more beautiful entrance to the farm.

Both the walnut and apple orchards survived the winter, with only minimal loss. Each fall we affix a protective tree wrap to all of our walnut trees and this has played a major part in the overall good survival rates and minimized damage from rodents. We were saddened by the loss of funding for Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Trees program. This subsidy from the Government of Ontario contributed significantly to assisting us plant our walnut orchard in 2016. The loss of this program will be felt.

Here are a few recent photos from the farm for May 2019:


Ecological Farming in Ontario: Growing for the Future

Seven Fields Farm & Orchard has been working on a two-year long research project with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO). Our project is designed around the comparison of two methods of disease management with the goal of discovering the best sustainable organic approach to caring for black walnuts. As a proud member of EFAO we were featured in the latest Ecological Farmin in Ontario newsletter (November – December 2018 – Vol. 36, No. 6) which regularly features a member profile that highlights some of the inteesting work being done at farmers across the province. We thought we would share the article below, written by Sarah Feige, which outlines our thoughts on the farmer-led research currently underway at our farm and the merits of farmers taking control of their own research. We look forward to our continued research with the EFAO.