December 18, 2011
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
With the yellow stuff on the ground and the soil frozen underneath we move into our homes and clean our seeds for an upcoming season. Thank you Sorrento for all of your incredible support this season. We look forward to another great season next year. With our 2012 season on the drawing board we will have the joys of bringing our first small berries to market after the expansion of our field in 2011. Our berry selection will include the better known Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry less common Red, Black and White currents and the relatively unknown Haskup and Josta berry. We are looking forward to increasing our nursery selections to include our berry’s as well as a few selections of nut, shade and evergreen tree as well.
Thank you again Sorrento and thank you to all our customers from Kelowna to Kamloops.
Happy holidays from Notch Hill Organic
November 3, 2011
WWOOFing is not about dogs, WWOOFing is about supporting agriculture, learning about farms and farming families and some of the most amazing travel opportunities in the world.
WWOOF stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms and it is an informal volunteer network throughout the world with large chapters in Canada, the U.S. all European countries, most Commonwealth countries and many exotic locals. Just google WWOOF to find out where the offices are.
To WWOOF you commit to providing your labour in exchange for room and board at farms anywhere in the WWOOF network, as it is informal the expectations and accomodation will vary and you will need to make the arrangements with the farmer yourself but it gives those with limited means the opportunity to travel and experience local communities without having funds for hotels or food or being limited by tourist attractions or cultural barriers.
Here at Notch Hill Organic we have been a host farm for over 10 years and during that time we have had WWOOFers join us from Korea, Germany, Japan, Australia and many other countries. We have learned about their lives directly from them as they have learned about our country from us, along the way we have learned that even though separated by vast distances and different languages our desires are the same.
November 3, 2011
Thank you Sorrento!!! The opening weekend for tthe market was a great success with a good turn out enough sales to each of the vendors to have them return. We believe that the repeated success of the market is integral to two things; that our community continues to support us and that the sales to the other vendors ensures their return and the diversity of products for sale. Thank you again Sorrento and thank you to all the vendors who took a chance on us for the first weekend.
For a follow up to those who bought coffee and hot chocolate for the preschool fundraising we have received $50.00 so far for the School and hope to raise $250.00 by the last market. Here at Notch Hill Organic we have decided to not only provide the beverages but also match all donations collected so if we raise the $250.00, it will mean $500.00 for the school.
October 16, 2011
From discussions early this year with the Sorrento Area Community Association the idea of an indoor Farm Market was bounced around. Unfortunately the struggles of farming kept us from the task until all of the halls had been booked so the idea that we should host the event in one of our greenhouses was proposed and within a few days the Winter Market was born. Beginning this Saturday, Oct 22 we open our nursery greenhouse for a winter market featuring locally produced veggies from several farms and a few craft vendors willing to brave the unknown. The market will continue every Satruday from 10 am to 2 pm while weather and our stock permits. Join us for some wholesome locally grown food and share in a cup of coffee or hot chocolate with proceeds donated to local childrens charities.
May 16, 2011
Eee I Eee I Oh! Let’s hope we have time to blog and share with you what’s happening at our farm.