The Fruit Trees
Let’s talk about our fruit! Cherry, Apple, Plum, Grapes, Raspberry, Strawberry, Haskap, Goji and more.
Every year Small Prairie Farms plants a multi-family garden. We also have had a few other families plant their gardens. We try to over plant so if we have extra produce we donate it to Carmichael Outreach.
We get some wild ideas watch as we transform them! Chicken coops, out houses, showers and more. Ideas for living off grid.
Malcolm and Sebastian have made videos of all the inventions that they have made on the farm. Watch and see how the make living semi off grid tolerable.
Old McGregor bought a farm, Oh, what fruit he grew, As the farm began to grow, His family did too! Malcolm bought the farm just between Lumsden and Pence. Just bare land, a dugout and a mailbox. It was a pathetic piece of land, filled with weeds, Canadian thistle and ground frogs. Yet Malcolm, has started to make it a hobby (farm?) Malcolm’s main concern was his grape vines…That’s what he thought, but really if he could grow cherry trees, cherries would pay for the farm as he experimented with the vines. Wait there are fruit trees up for auction! At a ridiculously low price! We should get some, just to see. Did you hear they are growing Goji berries in the valley? We should get 10 plants, just to see. In the second year, we have cherry trees, raspberry bushes, Goji berries, hops, strawberries, rhubarb, apple trees, pear trees and plum trees (hopefully garlic?) It’s all trial and error. It’s come a long way from fencing, aerators in the dugout, self-sufficient water supply and family bonding…at first we thought Malcolm was crazy, but now we love our “Farm”
Summer 2020- Social Distancing! Summer 2020 was my (Kelly’s) first full season living primarily at the farm. What better place to social distance is the farm. That’s a LIE! The Rice farm has been a haven for people looking for outdoor retreat! Bon fires, hiking, biking, sledding. We even showed up for Christmas. Garden Our Read more about Summer 2020[…]
WINDMILL AND SOLAR TRAIL CAMERA The Windmill turns on a windy day and charges the battery. On a sunny day the solar panels send a charge over to the battery. The battery then sends power over to the inverter. The plug you see in the inverter runs the camera, Nest cam. This way we can Read more about Windmill Project[…]
Pearls magic Princess Moth is actually a Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica). We found it in the garden and fell in love! Excepts it didn’t grant any of her wishes, DANG! Spilosoma virginica is a species of moth in the subfamily Arctiinae. As a caterpillar, it is known as the yellow woolly bear or yellow bear caterpillar. As an adult, it is known as Read more about Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica)[…]
Spring 2020 is in on a confusing roller coaster ride With Covid19 we all started the season early. The more we could get out to the farm the better. Whether Malcolm’s fixing the truck, Tania’s family is out hiking or Kelly’s recluse to her camper the farm acted like a getaway for all of us. Read more about Spring 2020[…]
Garden 2019 was huge in spite of lack of water! This year we planted the entire Garden plot! In the Garden 2019 we grew cucumbers, corn, raddish, (yellow, purple, green) beans, soy beans, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, (yellow, green) zucchini, (heirloom, orange, purple) carrots, (green arrow, sugaranne, sugarsnap, mixed)peas, (red, yellow, mixed)potatoes, dill, cucamelon, garlic, Read more about Garden 2019[…]
FARM JAM We had burgers, weenies, trout, salmon, potato salad, Mexican street corn salad, baked beans, amy’s dip, veggie, fruit and cheese platters and more! Cold water and juice machines! Sunday we had a few people come out for breakfast. We have 4 dozen farm fresh eggs, hash browns, Toast (done on the Rollertoaster courtesy Read more about Farm Jam 2019[…]
Hi there friends and family, Farm Jam 2019 will be on Saturday July 20th this year. Location to farm Jam 2019 can be found on our website, as always. Visit the website to see last year’s event. It was lots of fun. Thanks to neighbour Jeff for the drone videos. We invite all to bring Read more about Farm Jam 2019[…]
The little neighbour boy Jeff does another bang-up job on filming the events via drone. Kids, bikes, dogs, go karts an epic break down.
This summer (2018) Some produced…and some didn’t produce We’ll never plant Tiny Tim tomatoes again. What a nuisance. So many tomato skins to peel off. Carrots produced a lot! So did zucchini, pumpkin and beans..of course. Kelly always manages to get some canning done including this year Kelly and Jeffs Apple Butter/ Jam thanKs to Read more about 2018 Garden[…]
Remembrance: A Couple Who Met During The War Written by Jan Densmore In today’s Remembrance celebration, we take the time to think of My Mom (Margret Bissell) and Dad (Gregory Rice) were in their early 20s when they met during WWII. Both army soldiers. Signing up during wartime, can you imagine how scary the future could be Read more about Remembrance Day 2018[…]