After 22 years, the Sunnivue farmhouse has a new roof. With record amounts of snowfall over the winter of 2017 to 2018, Alex and Ellinor Nurnberg had been using pots and pans to catch leaks coming through the roof. The new roof is made of metal, and work was completed just a few weeks ago.
Alex and Ellinor remember a raging hailstorm when they first moved into the farmhouse, with hailstones breaking through kitchen windows. As Alex describes it: "I went to the barn and the cows were going crazy: it was like artillery." Ellinor says the vehicles at the farm looked like egg cartons: with huge dents from all the hail strikes. The farmhouse roof was replaced after that storm with money from the insurance company, and this time, the funds were generated thorough ROSE and the farm's partnership with organic farmers Jason O'Neil and Twan Peters. "It hung in there well," says Alex, happy to be welcoming the new roof after all the years at the farm.
Photos of the new roof are forthcoming, but here are a few of the old roof from last summer, with the tarp to stop the leaks.
The fundraiser to replace the barn roof is ongoing: any support you're able to offer is greatly appreciated.
With our good wishes,
Joanna Kerr for
Sunnivue Farm and ROSE
Raise the Roof for Sunnivue
For over 27 years, Sunnivue Farm and ROSE Land Trust has been bringing rural and urban communities together. Our organic and biodynamic-minded setting has supported individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds. Our visitors have had the opportunity to appreciate the gifts given by the land, while spending time at the farm.
After a heavy snowfall in January 2018, our beloved barn was severely damaged, as the lean-to roof collapsed. This has left us with the cost and challenge of a $28,000 repair bill. We are looking to the community to help us repair the barn so that Sunnivue can continue to be enjoyed and loved by all.
Our goal is to have the barn completed by Spring 2019. We are looking forward to celebrating the completion with a grand unveiling by having an open house with our supporters and community members.
Thank you so much for your support, and please send us any questions you may have about this fundraiser.
Here is the link to the GoFundMe campaign web page: https://www.gofundme.com/raise-the-roof-sunnivue-farm
You're welcome to visit us this Saturday for the second last weekend of the Farm Store's offerings before we close after November 3. Alex will be at the store with specials on baskets of peppers and eggplant for $3, baskets of potatoes for $3.50, and frozen duck and chicken for $4.50/pound. You'll also find squash, pumpkins, leeks, onions, carrots, kale, lettuce mix, tomatillos, eggs, Red Cat Bakery bread, and puffball mushrooms ("probably" says Alex, depending on how harvesting them goes).
November 3rd will be the last day for the farm store, after which it will close for the season.
ROSE and Sunnivue Farm want to thank you for all of your support, contributions, and friendship this year.
FROM THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
Fresh organic produce available this Saturday, October 6 from 10 am to 4 pm
Potatoes, yellow and red
Squash (Butternut, Delicata, Hubbard, Kabocha/Hokaido, Spaghetti, Acorn)
Green Cauliflower (Cauliflower crossed with Broccoli)
Parsnips (in limited quantities)
Green and red peppers
Kale, red and green
Collard Greens and Swiss Chard
Green onions (if Alex picks them in the morning)
Unfortunately, we don’t have any turkey for sale at the store, but chicken and duck is on sale for $4.50 per pound (frozen).
If you would like to order larger quantities of squash or potatoes please call Alex at 226 378 9920 so that your order can be prepared before you arrive at the farm.
If you're not able to make it to the farm store this week, please contact Chris at 226 234 8247 for delivery options, or to have an order set aside for you to pick up.
Summer Help on Sunnivue Farm
As part of a long tradition at Sunnivue Farm, students from a Waldorf High School in Germany worked on the farm for six weeks this summer, from July to September.
Mortiz Dammann, 15 (left), and Mathis Meyer, 16, worked in the Market Garden picking vegetables and weeding. They also cut wood, looked after the chickens and turkeys, and helped bring vegetables to the Masonville Farmers Market.
On their last night at the farm, asked about the favourite parts of their stay, Mathis said that he liked learning English while working with Chris White, but added: "everything we did was fun."
When asked about their least favourite jobs, they mentioned pulling weeds and digging for potatoes in the hot sun. Moritz says he'll have a new appreciation for how hard it is to harvest potatoes when he sees them in the supermarket at home.
They described their motivation for coming to Canada as a chance to practice their English and learn about another country. What they knew about Canada before their internship was, according to Mathis: "you speak English, and the land is very big for the farmers."
Did they eat anything new while at Sunnivue Farm? Mathis replied: "yes, I tried a fennel salad."
"And did you like it?"
"And what will you remember about Sunnivue?"
"Everything was a memory for my life," said Mathis.
Alex and Ellinor Nurnberg reported that the boys were very responsible, and even did some of the cooking: mostly spaghetti and hamburgers. They'll have a few new skills when they go home, in addition to potato harvesting: Ellinor taught them how to make cheese and yogurt.
If you'd like to visit Sunnivue this weekend, the Farm Store is open from 10 am to 4 pm on Sept 29. There's still lots of produce, including squash, potatoes, parsnips, onions, artichokes, tomatoes, carrots, kale, celeriac and celery, green and red peppers, eggplant, beets, and cabbage. Please call ahead for large orders or anything you'd like to set aside before your arrival, at 226 234 8247. There are also eggs for sale as well as maple syrup, organic teas, and Weleda personal care and medicinal products.
Please call ahead to order turkey, duck or chicken: 226 234 8247, or to ask what's available at the store.
More than 40 people attended the Harvest Festival at Sunnivue on September 15.
Our Harvest Celebration is three days away.
Please join us this Saturday to enjoy the beautiful farm property, a foraging walk, wagon rides, shopping in the farm store, circle dancing, and our Art Hive.
The day's schedule:
10:30 am Foraging walk with Rob McQueen (new this year)
Learn about and eat edible plants and weeds on a walk through the farm.
11:00 am - 3 pm Art Hive (new this year)
Join a community space where everyone is welcomed as an artist and encouraged to create together with free, donated art materials.
11:00 am - Circle Dance (new this year)
Circle dances can be meditative, vigorous, peaceful, playful, healing, and entertaining. These dances are for people of all ages and abilities.
Its origins can be traced to the beginning of humankind. Circle dances reflect the need for bonding among members of a community and are associated with milestones like birth, marriage, planting, the arrival of spring, harvest, and death.
12:00 - 3 pm Potluck Lunch
Please bring a salad or dessert to share, and your own dishes.
Ralph will barbecue Sunnivue's free-range chicken.
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The Farm Store will be open from 10 am to 5 pm
Wagon rides will be ongoing throughout the day.
The day's experience is free, but donations to the ROSE Land Trust, a non-profit organization, will be gratefully received.
We hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please call Alex at 226 378 9920.
Celebrate the harvest with us on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am - 5 pm. Call Alex for more information at 226-378-9920.
FROM THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
Fresh organic produce is available this Saturday, August 18 from 10 am to 4 pm
- Swiss Chard
- Leaf Lettuce
If you're not able to make it to the farm store this week, please contact Chris at 226 234 8247 for delivery options.