Category Archives: efficiency

Barrel Washer Assembly Instructions

Issac Villeneuve built this barrel washer in the winter of 2012 while Bruce and I took pictures and helped (or got in the way). This was done as part of the Heliotrust farm efficiency project.  Barrel washers make cleaning root … Continue reading

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Modified Hanley Hoop Houses in the Maritimes

It is great to see how farmers are using the Modified Hanley Hoop Houses to extend the growing season so that we can grow more food locally and replace imported food.  At Abundant Acres, the hoop houses are an inexpensive … Continue reading

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Root Crop Washer update

There was a lot of response to the root crop washer post!  We have still not completed the DIY plans for a few reasons.  First of all, it turns out that producing plans clear and complete enough to build a … Continue reading

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Salt Marsh Hay update

This post is an update on the original Salt Marsh Hay post.  We are excited for four main reasons. 1) Salt marsh hay is a way to harvest nutrients from the ocean and recycle them through livestock and manure back … Continue reading

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Hoop House Video

At this point in the year, we are thinking a lot about getting the production season going.  In March, that means starting seedlings, and putting up modified hanley hoop houses.  Since ours were left up all winter, with the plastic … Continue reading

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Flame Weeding!

I was introduced to flame weeding years ago by Norbert Kungl, a well-known organic farmer in Nova Scotia.  At first I thought it was outrageous!  Now after seeing the reduction in weeds on my own farm, I am a big … Continue reading

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Root Crop Washer

If a producer needs to wash hundreds of pounds of root crops in the fall, it can be time-consuming and frankly, discouraging.  For market-garden sized operations, a home-made barrel root crop washer is just the thing needed.  We saw one … Continue reading

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