Floreren Farm

Floreren Farm Floreren is a new farm in Hanover ON founded by ilana, Paul, and Andrew! We grow medicinal herbs, vegetables, nursery nut trees, and pastured chicken eggs.

Know your #medicinalherbs Meet the whorl'in crimpled-leafed Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)! This mesmerizing plant is...
05/18/2019

Know your #medicinalherbs
Meet the whorl'in crimpled-leafed Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)! This mesmerizing plant is perennial, meaning that it comes back year after year and is already a foot tall in this cold wet spring.
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#herbfarm #medicinesovereignty #locallygrown #magic #greybrucecounty #greyag #herbalism #perennials

05/12/2019

Hey friends and fam,

**We're looking for resources on FOOD SYSTEMS/AGRICULTURE in relation to a "Green New Deal". If you have any, please share.**

We're doing research on a "Green New Deal" and how we may adapt it for Canada.

Thanks!

Resources will be shared in comments of this original post.

Here's ilana holding a small root of Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) during a dig at @hawthorn.farm (thanks again!).The...
05/04/2019

Here's ilana holding a small root of Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) during a dig at @hawthorn.farm (thanks again!).
The gnarly strong roots can get much bigger (see Paul holding what looks like the inspiration for aliens).
Once we have it washed... available fresh and dried. Send us a message if you're interested ☕
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#medicinalherbs #medicinesovereignty #herbfarm #agriculture #locallygrown #wedighard

How do you measure your time? In love, bird songs, daylight, how 'bout Hazelnut seeds? 500 of these bright orbs with tai...
05/03/2019

How do you measure your time? In love, bird songs, daylight, how 'bout Hazelnut seeds? 500 of these bright orbs with tails were placed in lop-sided lines in their protected air-pruning beds. Covered with a wood shavings mulch from our neighbour's mill, they will grow into a dense hedge of seedlings!! Maybe they'll add structure to your hedge one day and you can count your time in Hazelnuts too

Glimmering seeds of the Pawpaw tree.Planted 100 of these today to grow into seedlings. There is lots of interest in this...
05/02/2019

Glimmering seeds of the Pawpaw tree.
Planted 100 of these today to grow into seedlings. There is lots of interest in this understory native tree that produces delicious creamy fruit.
Have you ever tried a Pawpaw fruit or seen a tree?
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#woodyperennials #nativetrees #agroforestry #regenerativeagriculture #localfruit #greybrucecounty #treenursery @ West Grey, Ontario

Some early spring glimpses of the magic to come from these second year perennials!Echinacea purpureaVerbena hastataMonar...
04/29/2019

Some early spring glimpses of the magic to come from these second year perennials!

Echinacea purpurea
Verbena hastata
Monarda fistulosa
Melissa officinalis
Pycnanthemum pilosum
Filipendula ulmaria

#herbfarm @ West Grey, Ontario

Remember our experiment sowing a cover crop mix in the pathways of our perennial beds last fall? Well.... what we see th...
04/29/2019

Remember our experiment sowing a cover crop mix in the pathways of our perennial beds last fall? Well.... what we see this spring is even the thickest stands were not enough to keep the weeds at bay between August and April!

1. Close up through the cover crop mulch
2. All the weeds coming through
3. Pathway that was not planted with a cover crop but weeded into the fall instead

#herbfarm @ West Grey, Ontario

Such a great conversation for small scale farmers to be having
04/23/2019
OP-ED// "Get [Efficient]... or Get Out"

Such a great conversation for small scale farmers to be having

[a “cute farmkid” photo of my son transplanting beets. Sure, I could have done it faster by myself and we could have used the “time saved” to do something else together, but I’m not sure there was better way to spend the time.] For those of us in America who were led to farming through the...

*Work-trade opportunity in Guelph*"Work 6-7 hours in exchange for a class on a topic in herbalism. Pick a time every wee...
04/22/2019
Althaea Herb Farm

*Work-trade opportunity in Guelph*

"Work 6-7 hours in exchange for a class on a topic in herbalism. Pick a time every week that works for you.

We have two work-trade positions this year:

Field Production
Tasks: Nursery and Seedling, Planting, Weeding and Harvesting.

Packaging, Sales and Marketing
Tasks: Packaging, Design, Communications and Media.

Apply now!
Send us your most recent resume/CV and a brief cover letter, so we can get to know you better.

Thanks for reading and have a great spring and summer,

--
Scott Reid C.H. and Susanne Viejou
Althaea Herbs Farm
Guelph, ON
www.althaeaherbfarm.ca"

ilana and I recognize the privilege, joy, and challenge that it is to farm. This is one reason that we strive to farm in...
04/18/2019
What Do We Farm For and Who Do We Farm With? La Via Campesina

ilana and I recognize the privilege, joy, and challenge that it is to farm. This is one reason that we strive to farm in a way that is in solidarity with people in our local AND GLOBAL community.

Read about how we, as a member of the National Farmers' Union - Local 334, National Farmers Union - Ontario, National Farmers Union, and La Via Campesina are advocating for all people who work with the land.

Please share this and or the original article so that more people can be aware of the challenges we are addressing. Globalize Struggle, Globalize Hope

As farmers we grow the food, medicine, fibres, fuel, some forestry bits, and much more that allows the majority of human civilization to live. We farm so we can

Great time of year to be planting bare root! Maybe you're running out of that Elder berry syrup or your Elder flowers ar...
04/17/2019

Great time of year to be planting bare root! Maybe you're running out of that Elder berry syrup or your Elder flowers are down to your last cup of tea and imagining the next harvest

This time, I'm going to try and save some time by not dehulling Black Locust seeds. Going to throw seeds, in their pods,...
04/16/2019

This time, I'm going to try and save some time by not dehulling Black Locust seeds. Going to throw seeds, in their pods, into the blender (to scarify) and hot treatment (boiling water poured over and steeped for 24 hours). Next, see if the seeds separate in the water and sow them direct into the soil. Their roots weren't that deep to need the air pruning beds, so they get the ground soil.

A native to midsouth east Turtle Island /North America, this nitrogen fixer has white blossoms, 1cm spikes, suckers, rot resistant wood, and much more to offer (or at least be aware of). Seedlings for sale in the fall.

I have10 from last year if you want some this spring :)

To some, this plant is a weed. To some, including us, this plant is sometimes a weed (hah) and always a medicinal that i...
04/09/2019

To some, this plant is a weed. To some, including us, this plant is sometimes a weed (hah) and always a medicinal that is super tasty--like POPCORN--when roasted.
We harvested these from the soils at @aldergrovefarm, cleaned 'em up, sliced & diced, and then dehydrated. We will be roasting some because one of our favourite teas is simmering a pot of roasted Dandelion root with Echinacea root. Love it and going to share it with the people who tend the soil where it grows (shh it's a surprise).
More Dandelion root coming soon!
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#medicinalherbs #greybrucecounty #herbfarm #ontariofarmers #ontarioag #medicinesovereignty #popcorn

Nothing like #herbfarm herbs to mix into pastured pork from @green_being_farm! Also...maple syrup is medicinal right? : ...
04/08/2019

Nothing like #herbfarm herbs to mix into pastured pork from @green_being_farm! Also...maple syrup is medicinal right? : )

Paul practicing his 'bouquets of instagram' pose.Except this bouquet is about to be pieced up for Elder cuttings! ...#he...
04/07/2019

Paul practicing his 'bouquets of instagram' pose.
Except this bouquet is about to be pieced up for Elder cuttings!
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#herbfarm #medicinesovereignty @ West Grey, Ontario

ilana is potting up Sage, Astragalus, and Horehound (medicinal and culinary herbs) on this foggy day.As temperatures cli...
04/06/2019

ilana is potting up Sage, Astragalus, and Horehound (medicinal and culinary herbs) on this foggy day.
As temperatures climb to double digits here in S. Ontario and snow falls north of us, we hope for a great start to this spring season to everyone who is starting their little plants.
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#herbfarm #greybrucecounty #ecologicalagriculture #medicinalherbs #medicinesovereignty

Our #herbfarm grown tea to warm up this cold grey day::Hyssopus officinalisRubus idaeusEupatorium perfoliatumSambucus  F...
03/30/2019

Our #herbfarm grown tea to warm up this cold grey day::

Hyssopus officinalis
Rubus idaeus
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Sambucus FLOS
Ocimum africanum

We are hoping to gift this to our friends at @zocaloorganics as thanks for their support and so freely sharing their farm experience with us just starting out! So grateful for this farming community. 🌱

We have been working with the extraordinarily supportive @nfuontario  Local 344 (Grey Local), which has been great! The ...
03/28/2019

We have been working with the extraordinarily supportive @nfuontario Local 344 (Grey Local), which has been great!
The local board recently had a planning meeting to determine where we will focus our efforts. Presenting...
1) Climate change action
2) Indigenous solidarity
3) Supporting young farmers

Volunteer action committees have been made up to plan local actions on these topics. Lots of room to get involved! Feel free to ask questions.

More details to come!

#greycounty #agriculture #greybrucecounty #farmers #grassrootsorganizing

When aphids begin sucking on seedlings, who you going to call...?
03/23/2019

When aphids begin sucking on seedlings, who you going to call...?

As young farmers we use ecological practices to raise plants for the health and beauty of our communities. We also striv...
03/21/2019

As young farmers we use ecological practices to raise plants for the health and beauty of our communities. We also strive to do personal and community work for justice.

Today, creative actions are happening across the land, coast to coast, to #uniteagainstracism

Here are some resources that we're using to inform our personal and community work on the topic of inclusivity, diversity, and justice when it comes to creatively addressing racism.
- Green New Deal in Canada (political framework)
- No One Is Illegal (awesome organization)
- Migrant Rights Network (migrantrights.ca for resources)
- Tools for Change.net for community social justice resources.
- IndigenousFoodSystems.org
- La Via Campesina

Would love to see more farmers continuing to show their support on these integrated topics by posting selfies with #UniteAgainstRacism

#youngfarmers #greycounty #ontariofarmers #migrantjusticenow

We farm for health, beauty, and justice. Justice takes many forms and one form is being in solidarity (working beside an...
03/21/2019
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Climate Change and Migration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

We farm for health, beauty, and justice. Justice takes many forms and one form is being in solidarity (working beside and being informed by) migrants and being aware of climate change.

We'll be attending this free webinar by The Leap. Check it out :)

"Topic
Climate Change and Migration

Description
Join The Leap’s Maya Menezes and grassroots migrant justice organizers for a public webinar

Time
Mar 28, 2019 7:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)"

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JXwU29fCTXOb3r1HWXDkhw

Join The Leap’s Maya Menezes and grassroots migrant justice organizers for a public webinar on March 28th at 7pm ET to learn more about the links between climate change and migration.

We mixed this tea blend as a thank you gift and called it Lemon (De)light 🌻Hyssop, Lemon Balm & Rose#herbfarm...recal...
03/15/2019

We mixed this tea blend as a thank you gift and called it Lemon (De)light 🌻
Hyssop, Lemon Balm & Rose
#herbfarm

...recalling all the time spent trying to think of the perfect name for clients' herbal formulas at the student clinic only to end up calling most of them ::EASE:: ...cause isn't that the state to be in?

Thanks to @crickhollow_gardens  for taking such good care of our herb seedlings while we were away at an incredibly insp...
03/11/2019

Thanks to @crickhollow_gardens for taking such good care of our herb seedlings while we were away at an incredibly inspiring @nfuontario youth convergence this week. These wee cleavers are already sticking to eachother! #herbfarm

ilana and I just got back from 3 days of intense, creative, community-based National Farmers Union Youth Retreat! Sessio...
03/08/2019

ilana and I just got back from 3 days of intense, creative, community-based National Farmers Union Youth Retreat!

Sessions on 'De-colonizing Our Food System and Indigenous Solidarity' have given us a better grasp on how to continue to be in better relationships and left us wanting to learn more!

Here's a great opportunity in Guelph!

If we are what we eat then I'm a beautiful rainbow!
03/03/2019

If we are what we eat then I'm a beautiful rainbow!

Do you ever prepare a delish orca bean meal (from seeds you planted, tended, harvested, and stored--i still find amazeme...
02/28/2019

Do you ever prepare a delish orca bean meal (from seeds you planted, tended, harvested, and stored--i still find amazement in that) and picture whales swimming in the ocean? Aren't they something?! :)

Tonight! 6:30pm EST.Free to join here:  https://zoom.us/j/195771300https://www.nfu.ca/event/webinar-building-solidarity-...
02/27/2019
Webinar – Building solidarity with Indigenous peoples for food sovereignty | National Farmers Union

Tonight! 6:30pm EST.

Free to join here: https://zoom.us/j/195771300

https://www.nfu.ca/event/webinar-building-solidarity-with-indigenous-peoples-for-food-sovereignty/?fbclid=IwAR1Uug1S8TkV8bszQ4ZIOYwBddMfIPViZpVANxL7JMdD7gLONlLytfiE3b8

The National Farmers Union’s 2019 Webinar Series on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Settler-Colonialism in Canadian Agriculture The NFU invites all our members and allies to join a series of on-line…

Seeds, stratifying, seeding.Centella, Yarrow, Cleavers, Meadowsweet, Boneset, all seeded into trays.#medicinalherbs #her...
02/24/2019

Seeds, stratifying, seeding.

Centella, Yarrow, Cleavers, Meadowsweet, Boneset, all seeded into trays.

#medicinalherbs #herbfarm #greycounty

We'll be here tonight! Looking forward to the lessons and sharing with the local people. Climate change is happening and...
02/20/2019

We'll be here tonight! Looking forward to the lessons and sharing with the local people.

Climate change is happening and we're hoping to learn how to mitigate and adapt.

We’re holding a Kitchen Table Meeting on climate change in Grey County on Feb 20th! Join us at the Grey Ag Services Centre in Markdale, ON for a discussion on the impacts climate change can have on your farm and available solutions. We also want to hear about your experiences, thoughts, and ideas on this issue! Visit https://bit.ly/2DoboiT to register!

Even with icicles longer than my torso outside we are transitioning the hoop houses (passive solar heat with wee fan) ou...
02/18/2019

Even with icicles longer than my torso outside we are transitioning the hoop houses (passive solar heat with wee fan) out of spinach to make room for spring greens! Green Green!
See the hilarious photo of the pigs with spinach hanging out of their mouths? Haha.
Green Being Farm

#greycounty #ecologicalagriculture @ West Grey, Ontario

One year ago, we three new and young farmers started Floreren Farm nestled within a ‘mother farm’, Green Being Farm....
02/17/2019

One year ago, we three new and young farmers started Floreren Farm nestled within a ‘mother farm’, Green Being Farm. The reasons we came together to this place were: to learn from Tarrah (someone we admire and who actively teaches new farmers how to farm), to work with people we love in order to grow our life dreams, and to stay close to some of our family.
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What a Few Young Farmers Did In 2018
https://www.florerenfarm.com/post/news-events

#newandyoungfarmers #ontariofarmers #medicinalherbs #greycounty

We've been seeing a lot of Eagles these wintery days. Some in groups eating, others soaring high and low, and this one h...
02/15/2019

We've been seeing a lot of Eagles these wintery days. Some in groups eating, others soaring high and low, and this one hanging on a limb.

Anyone else seeing them? Mostly between Neustadt and Palmerston.

Quite powerful, eh?

'See' you there!Gotta say, I'm really happy that the National Farmers Union is doing such great work to guide relationsh...
02/13/2019

'See' you there!

Gotta say, I'm really happy that the National Farmers Union is doing such great work to guide relationship building.

Other ag organizations have benefitted from the work of National Farmers Union-Ontario Grey County Local 344 in Indigenous solidarity and other topics. We're growing what's beneficial for all here, folks!

https://www.nfu.ca/event/webinar-building-solidarity-with-indigenous-peoples-for-food-sovereignty/ You're invited to the #NFUcanada Indigenous Solidarity Working Group Webinar – Building solidarity with Indigenous peoples for food sovereignty with Danielle Boissoneau and Adrianne Lickers Xavier on February 27 at 6:30 Eastern. Click here for details and how to participate

We'll be attending this event in hopes of meeting some new people, learning about land opportunities to continue farming...
02/12/2019
LAND SHARING NETWORKING & WORKSHOP

We'll be attending this event in hopes of meeting some new people, learning about land opportunities to continue farming, and having some fun in the depths of winter.

Maybe see you there?

Thanks FarmLINK!

"Last Call for Owen Sound networking & Workshop!
Feb. 21, 1-4 pm
Grey County is hosting an afternoon of networking and knowledge sharing. Together we'll guide you through a steps for land share readiness, tips for negotiating a strong land share agreement and leave lots of time for discussion and networking. Information about local real estate opportunities and other agriculture and food resources will also be available. Come meet farm seekers and land owners from across Grey County; several local landowners with acreage is ranging from 1-65 acres have already registered! Growers of all production types and practices are welcome and encouraged.

Are you from outside of the Owen Sound Area?
Join the guided bus tour of Grey County to discover opportunities across communities. Bus tour leaves Mississauga at 7:30 am and travels through Grey County to Owen Sound, cost is $15 with lunch included. Local participants join the event in Owen Sound at 1pm, free of charge.

Date: Thursday February 21, 2019
Time: 1 - 4 pm
Registration: Sign up through Eventbrite here
For more information contact

Philly Markowitz, Grey County Economic Development Officer:
[email protected] or 519-372-0219 x 6125

Need profile support or resources to help get ready?
Contact the FarmLINK Team at anytime: [email protected]"

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/land-sharing-networking-workshop-tickets-54550126898?fbclid=IwAR1nxj3FtggCvGBh5IlRX6SjoK8wVXoJVkGpmrMB5ToR0nmtDDFTuLPtyqs&mc_cid=c4de0cd812&mc_eid=8a9c1ccb25

#GreyCounty #LocalFood #LocalMedicine #LandAccess #YoungFarmers #OntarioAg

LAND SHARING NETWORKING & WORKSHOP LAND SEEKERSAre you looking for land to start your own farm business?• Connect with landowners in the community who want to share their land• Reduce barriers to entry and incubate your business with less investment LAND OWNERSDo you have land in Grey County tha...

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