Sunday, March 22, 2015

Annual Seedling Sale May 23 - Details!

Annual Seedling Sale May 23 from 9-12 noon

Drop by the annual Seedling Sale at Little City Farm, to find all your veggie starts for this year - huge selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basils, herbs, flowers, kale, broccoli, cukes, melons, and many others!

This exciting sale also features:

Garden Planning Workshop Sat April 11 - spaces still available

Garden Planning Workshop
Permaculture Garden Design
Sat, April 11 from 1-3 pm
Spaces still available!  Sign up here.

Take part in this early spring workshop to develop a great garden plan for yourself this year!  Using the principles of permaculture, our workshop facilitator will walk you through simple, ecological, nature-based garden design, that will create a productive, low-maintenance, beautiful garden space.  Sign up now to take part in this workshop!
Read more about permaculture gardening in this article here.

Spring Seeds, Soil & Sourdough Event at Little City Farm, April 18

Join us Sat, April 18 between 10-12 noon (free drop-in event) for our first ever Spring Seeds, Soil & Sourdough Event!

We invite you to celebrate the arrival of spring, earth-day, and all good growing things that come with sunshine and warmer weather!

You will find:
  • Seedballs: hands-on DIY seedball making (make your own clay seedballs to take home, filled with seeds to attract pollinators to your garden) - a great activity for all ages
  • Seeds: organic non-GMO seeds for sale to get your garden off to a great start
  • Soil: bags of certified organic potting soil for sale for all your seed starting needs
  • Seedling Tips: helpful advice on starting your own seedlings, planting charts to take home, garden magazine give-away, and more
  • Sourdough: freshly baked sourdough bread available, and wood-fired baking demo in our outdoor cob oven
  • Soap: natural handmade soaps for sale
  • Sprouts: in our new greenhouse studio space (still under renovation but we'll give you a sneak preview)!
Please try to walk or bike to this event, in honour of earth-day and to minimize traffic on our street.

For questions - contact Karin or Greg at:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More sewing club creations!

The kids sewing club continued all week here - and what amazing creations filled our table at the end of each morning.  There were coasters to give to parents, lavender pillows, tooth monsters, repaired stuffies, patched shirts, embroidered pants, superhero cuffs, and more!  And 11 super-inspired crafty sewing stars at the end of it.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Favourite Sourdough Bread

We are back to making our weekly sourdough and oh, how we love baking bread.  Usually our daughter makes her own mini loaves and loves to embellish them with seeds, nuts, spices, fancy patterns on the top, or just turn them into fun shapes.  We love the children's book Suzie's Sourdough Circus, by Kathy Sager, which is actually an entertaining story that clearly and creatively describes what is happening during the sourdough process (in the words of the little sourdough critters, they say "food scrumptious food, we forget all our troubles.  Eat it all up, and then we blow bubbles.  This is a sourdough starter celebration!  We sing and we dance in wild fermentation!").  In the back of the book are several amazing recipes (like sourdough bread, sourdough pancakes, and sourdough marbled chocolate cake which makes a superb birthday cake).  We've been using her sourdough bread recipe lately.  It's a new favourite - so dense yet moist, and nicely works it's sourdough magic overnight so we can take our time fitting bread making into our busy life.  Our latest family winter favourite snack is fresh sourdough bread spread with tahini and apple butter - yummm!

Kids Sewing Club!

We've been thinking about offering kids workshops here at Little City Farm and so, given that it is March Break this week, we decided to offer a Kids Sewing Club each morning.  What a great response!  Sewing is such a useful basic skill to know (mending, darning, sewing our own clothes), and yet offers such options for creativity and fun.  And it's becoming a lost art!  This morning we had a lovely group of 10 girls (aged 6-12) sitting around the dining room table crafting and creating.  During this week we are focusing only on hand-sewing, offering basic techniques like learning to use different stitches (running stitch, whip stitch, blanket stitch, cross stitch), ways of threading needles, working with different fabrics, using recycled/upcycled materials like felted wool sweaters that can be cut up into smaller projects, embroidering and patches/applique, button holes, and other making other embellishments.  We are using the wonderful kids sewing book Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids will Love, as inspiration.  Here is what today's session looked like, and we heard many of the girls leaving with the words "I love sewing!"