Sept 23: Coady Visit

Colleen showing guests from the Coady Institute around the garden

Colleen showing guests from the Coady Institute around the garden

Bethany Garden is so beautiful and productive!  So well tended!  There is a lot of food coming off this one acre demonstration plot.  There were many visitors on Wednesday from the Coady Institute, and they noticed too.

David and I made the trip to Antigonish to meet with Colleen and Michael, help install the irrigation pipe, and review financial information.  Meeting some of the people from Coady was an extra bonus!  I talked with a woman from India who is going to send us some seeds of a vegetable she thinks we can grow here in NS.  I met Purity, who runs an environmental organization for youth in Nairobi.  But her father is a farmer and she has access to family land outside the city, so I think the visit inspired her to think more about the possibility of becoming a farmer herself.  She was impressed with the light-weight tools used at Bethany, and the seeder!  “Your tools and equipment make it all so much easier than it is back home.”  She was asking me about being a farmer, and then she paused, took a deep breath, and said “you seem so content.”  That took me by surprise.  It has been a challenging year for David and I on our farm, but then I took a deep breath and realized, yes.  I am content.  Purity seemed so wise, thoughtful, and perceptive.  I feel encouraged that she will be a strong leader in her country.

Purity and David

Purity and David

Michael and Colleen demonstrating some of the tools they use

Michael and Colleen demonstrating some of the tools they use

I wish I’d gotten around to meet every single visitor and heard their stories.  What a rich group!  Below are a few more photos from the day.

Michael, Colleen, and Sister Donna Brady answering questions from the visitors

Michael, Colleen, and Sister Donna Brady answering questions from the visitors

Michael explaining the production system

Michael explaining the production system

Excellent use of black silage tarp for weed control and reduced tillage bed preparation

Excellent use of black silage tarp for weed control and reduced tillage bed preparation

Spring onions and salad mix

Spring onions and salad mix

Colleen learning a few plumbing tricks from David

Colleen learning a few plumbing tricks from David

Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions

Fall crops after being irrigated.  Where are the weeds??

Fall crops after being irrigated. Where are the weeds??

 

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One Response to Sept 23: Coady Visit

  1. rmckenna2014 says:

    I saw the garden recently and was very impressed with the abundance of vegetables that are growing in the rows. Bravo!

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