Went digging on my old PC for this-- Like, really digging. All the way back to 2007, when this card was created. The following year, it became part of a 4-card set, which I sold due to popular demand, and the year after that the card sales went towards my Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Anyhow, it's the all-time most popular Xmas card, and here it is from Jon and I, wishing everyone the happiest of holidays and merriest Xmas possible! We'll be drooling over seed catalogs and getting our order ready, as well as feasting on yummy local xmas veggies, turkey, and chocolates-- Gotta fatten up for that busy season, always looming around the corner!
We have a new Facebook page. I decided to start one now as I have a bit more time now that salad is done... for connecting with people and networking, as I no longer use Facebook personally. To avoid ranting as promised: Enough said!
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From our second night transplanting back on May 24. How bright eyed and bushy tailed we were! This was pre-wedding, so looking back on this photo is neat because so much has happened since then! We were on the cusp of big changes and didn't know for sure what would come of those little plants behind us.
Flash forward to Oct. 29, 5 months later and so much has happened in between, though you'd hardly know from the photo! I like to think we look a little tired and I KNOW the smiles are for a different reason: this was post-bagging for the final time, so they are smiles mixed with the relief of being done for the season!
We have confirmed plans to farm at Waxwing Farm next year, and are working on a list of crops and determining markets for our crops. I will maintain full-time employment at Noggins and Jon will put all his efforts towards our growing. Fun for him and I can't wait until I can join him full-time :).
Our careful steps towards our goal are part of our plans to create a successful and sustainable business for ourselves. We know very specifically what we are looking for in a farm and will know if when we find it, and so in the meantime we are being creative about ways to work towards that goal without actually owning a farm (yet).
In the absence of a lovely photo of Jon and I working on the computer to finish up our accounting for the season, here's a photo of something else we grew this fall-- A Samson!!
This week we attended the ACORN Conference in Halifax. This is always a really good way to reflect and re-invigorate about what we are doing, so we finally sat down and finished up our records for the year and worked out our cost of production. We are waiting to sit down with Trish and Josh from TapRoot to confirm all the numbers, but so far with all that we can account for, our cost of production (INCLUDING labour cost for Jon and I at $13/hr) is around $6/lb, and our average price per lb was $7.34/lb, leaving us a tidy little profit margin per lb of about 17.5% (subject to change depending on if there is anything that comes out different than our best guess for cost). Of course, we plan to put all the profit back into the company, as well as our wages for the first season. That leaves us a little egg to start next year with, and so we are thrilled with this result, and excited to continue growing the business next year.
Plans for the winter include looking at farms in the area to buy. Also, I have signed up for a Market Manager course which begins in a little over a week. I am celebrating my 30th birthday in Manitoba in a couple weeks, a trip I am really looking forward to. When I return, we will start looking at the ever-increasing stack of glossy seed catalogs which have started rolling in (yesterday I got a copy of Johnny's latest catalog, hand-delivered by the Canadian rep who was in town for the ACORN conference, woo hoo!). Jon will travel to Calgary sometime to visit our new nephew Caeden -- I would have loved to go as well, but need the break and MB visit more right now. We are sticking around NS for Christmas this year, and I will pick up some extra hours helping in the packing shed at Noggins over the holidays.
We are spending the day building a cat tower for Samson. He's pretty much chewed and clawed his cardboard house to shreds with his bountiful kitten energy, and we can't think of a better project for a cold Sunday in November! :)