Farm Crawl - Solar Electric Tractor; Medicinal & Edible Plant Walks; Protecting Farmland, Enabling New Farmers to Access Land

Come learn how Hearts Content Organic Farm is trying to reduce carbon emissions. Check out our solar powered electric cultivating tractor. Go for a medicinal and edible plant walk with Organic farmer and naturopath Richard Tunstall. 

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Organic Farming Internship: Medicinal Plants; Off-Grid Farming, Protecting Farmland, Enabling New Farmers to Access Land

Two full-time internships with monthly stipend plus accom., more (see below)

Location: on-farm accommodations / near Brantford, Hamilton, Cambridge, Ontario

You will learn all aspects of growing and preparing value added medicinal and edible plants and field crops, including trees and shrubs. This position involves planning which herbs and edible plants to cultivate, seed/plant ordering, pest control, weed control, crop rotation, harvesting, drying, packing and marketing including farmers markets. You'll work with Richard (Naturopathic doctor) and Dan to learn how to make added products include preparing salves, teas and tinctures.

You'll learn native plant identification, identification and natural control of invasive plant species, birding, healthy soil preparation including compost teas, medicinal plants for wound care, fevers, rashes, and use and care of farm equipment and tools.  You'll also be involved in promoting and helping to put on workshop(s) on medicinal and edible plants /natural first aid remedies.  

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We're Hiring: 3 jobs

Medicinal and Edible Plant Intern
Type: full-time with monthly stipend plus accom., more (see below)

Location: on-farm accommodations / near Brantford, Hamilton, Cambridge, Ontario

The intern will learn all aspects of growing and preparing value added medicinal and edible plants and field crops, including trees and shrubs.

This internship position involves planning which herbs and edible plants to cultivate, seed/plant ordering, pest control, weed control, crop rotation, harvesting, drying, packing and marketing including farmers markets. You'll also learn how to make value added products include preparing salves, teas and tinctures under the guidance of Naturopath, Dr. Richard Tunstall.

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Spring has arrived at Heart's Content Organic Farm

We are looking forward to another exciting and fulfilling year here at Heart's Content Organic Farm! Our greenhouse is packed full of seedlings and we have just begun to seed directly into our fields. This season, we will again have a table at the Ancaster Farmers' Market on Wednesday afternoons starting in June from 3 to 7 pm, and at the Brantford Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 7 am to 2 pm. Stay tuned for updates about what vegetables we will be bringing to the markets each week.

We are once again offering weekly veggie boxes to CSA share members who would like to join our CSA Program in 2017. You can sign up for a full-season share on our Facebook page or contact us directly.

You can get a sneak preview of what we'll be growing this season on Sunday, May 14 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Mustard Seed Co-op in Hamilton, where we will be selling seedlings of some of our most popular crops, including tomatoes, peppers, rainbow chard, ground cherries and more. 

For the first time this year, Heart's Content will be a featured farm in the Hamilton Farm Crawl on Saturday, May 27, July 15 and August 12. Richard Tunstall will be leading an Herb and Plant Walk around the farm for visitors. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

We are partnering with the Langford Conservancy to offer Community Garden Plots to the public at the Langford Schoolhouse this year. The cost is only $40 for 8-foot by 20-foot plots. Email us if you're interested.

As always, we are happy to hear from you if you wish to share your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you for all of your continued support!

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Up and Coming Workshops for 2016!

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are able to get outside and enjoy some of this unseasonable warmth that late February has decided to grace us with. Over the next few weeks all of us here at Heart's Content are going to be busy not only preparing the upcoming season of vegetable productivity but also how we can share our unique skills and expertise with you!

To continue with last year's trend, we are once again offering a wide variety of different workshops and fundraisers throughout the season. There is bound to be something that tickles your fancy, whether it be learning to grow your own backyard vegetable garden using organic principals, growing edible & medicinal mushrooms in your backyard, fermenting your own beer and mead (honey wine) using locally source ingredients or healing your mind and body with medicinal herbs, we've got you covered!

We'll even be hosting a gathering open to community members that are interested in learning how to protect farm land and make farm land affordable for new entrants. We are also proud to be continuing our popular monthly edible & medicinal plant walks which will be starting on April 10th, and this list is just a start! So stay tuned to our Event Calendar to make sure that you don't miss out on one of our highly engaging and informative events.

As always, thank you for your support and interest! Take it from us, workshops are a whole lot more interesting on our part if we have lots of lovely folks eager to learn and engage in sustainable lifestyles, preserve their land, their communities and their health!

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2016: A New Year To Look Forward To

We're looking forward to another exciting and fulfilling year here at Heart's Content Farm!

We have modified our CSA Program in order to provide better service to our supporters. You can view the details on our 2016 CSA Program  page.

Tom will be back with us for the season and we are once again planning on delivering a number of informative and highly engaging workshops and special events on subjects including organic gardening, fermenting & preserving food, brewing herbal beers and growing mushrooms outdoors. We'll also be offering our monthly edible & medicinal plant walks which will begin in spring.

We hope to be able to offer a Community Garden to the public at the Langford Schoolhouse this year, so let us know if you're interested. Stay turned for details!

Spring seems a long way off but I know it will be here before we know it and we are planning for another successful season this year. As always we are happy to hear from you if you wish to share your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you for all of your continued support!

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Rummage Sale at Langford Schoolhouse

This weekend we will be holding a rummage sale! There will be a wide assortment of goods like furniture, books, clothes, knickknacks and more! Also, baked goods will be making an appearance! Come and grab a muffin or cookie with a tea, coffee or juice and enjoy browsing our large selection of items.

Where?: The Langford Schoolhouse

When?: Saturday April 4th 9am-1pm

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It's all coming together!

We are finally working through the new website and hope it's easy for you to navigate. You are now able to sign up for a weekly CSA basket of veggies and pay online if you wish, or you can still pay via cheque if you prefer.  

The snow is finally melting and the weather is telling us it's time to start preparing for the upcoming season. We are already starting some of our seeds and we will have some available for sale at the Mustard Seed Coop seedling sale May 8 and/or May 9 in Hamilton   (google Mustard Seed coop for more information)

We are excited about starting our own market at the Langford schoolhouse at 1694 Colborne St. East. Our tentative date is Sundays from 11:00 to 2:00. We hope to have our vegetables and baked goods and preserves for sale. We are also looking for more vendors who grow their own produce or make their own crafts from locally sourced material as much as possible. NO third party sellers please.

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Gearing up for the 2015 Season!

Welcome to our 2015 season at Hearts Content Organic Farm! We are excited about our upcoming season with lots of new ideas and new people on the farm.

Tom Nagy will be joining us again. He was here last fall and has extensive knowledge in plant identification, wild crafting and mushroom growing. Michelle Doherty will also be bringing experience in fermenting and baking along with her farming experience.

We are still working out the logistics of what we are growing this year and where our markets will be. Now that we are certified organic and have a certified kitchen at the Langford Schoolhouse, we have more options for marketing our products.

We are revising our website. You will soon be about to sign up and pay online for the 2015 season CSA.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Richard and the Hearts Content Organic Farm team

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