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January Newsletter - Part One

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Thursday, January 13, 2011,

Svetec Farms News and Views - Volume One - January2010


Hello dear friends -

Here is our first formal newsletter, a far cry from my meanderings last year which you so kindly endured. 

2011 brings with it much change and much hope for a fabulous farm season. 

Paul is busy educating himself about high tunnels, low tunnels and greenhouses in order to extend our growing season and reduce waste in our organic production. 

I have been busy traveling (yep - you heard me - traveling to Africa...

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Fall Changes

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, In : Farm Life 

This weekend, we are gearing up to wind down this year’s season by celebrating our customers, friends and family with a Customer Appreciation event.  On Saturday the 9th and Monday  the 11th from 10-4pm, the farm will be hosting a jumping castle, with free face painting, wagon rides, marshmallow roast and tours of the farm all part of the fun! 

We’ re hoping to introduce our CSA program to many who haven’t heard of our weekly chemical free veggie bin, as well as highlight the new Beef...

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A Visit to Coopers CSA Farm, Willowtree and Brooks

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Monday, October 4, 2010, In : CSA 

Paul and I met the Coopers yesterday.  What lovely people!  Steve and Lisa are well-known in the industry for both their expertise in CSA’s and for being tremendously kind people.  They just won the Ontario Best Farmers award and are facing the nationals in BC in November.

 Given their solid reputation, Paul and I had contacted the Coopers, hoping for some advice on planting, harvest systems, and weed control. Steve and Lisa, with their great capacity for kindness, agreed to meet with us ...

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Organic Loot Bags

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : CSA 
    Last January, when Paul and I decided to try organic farming, one of our concerns was how to get the produce into the hands of our customers. After all, 20 acres of produce was literally hundreds of tonnes of produce.  At the time, we certainly didn't have thousands of customers last January (more like a few hundred).
    That same week, (serendipitous, really) one of my kind and wonderful vegan customers asked me if we would be running a CSA as part of our summer business.  Without a paus...
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Farmer's Market at the Oshawa Centre

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, In : Farmer's markets 
  Garrie and Jimmy sharing a joke at the OC Farm Market.

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June News

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Friday, June 3, 2011, In : Our Newsletters 

2011 Season, Here we come!

Svetec Farms gears up for a great season

As I write, the hum of Big Blue, our tractor can be heard in the distance, even as cars whiz bearing travellers to a much needed cottage sojurn. Though summer may spell

l-e-i-s-u-r-e to some, just ask our staff how busy life is on the farm! I think they might spell summer S-W-E-A-T-Y here at Svetec Farms!

This week, our first sunny one in about six, the team has been racing to plant the transplants that were ...

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The Song of the Season

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Planting 

Yesterday, when my husband, Paul and I were returning from inspection our new farmer's market locations in Toronto, I casually asked him what vegetables would be harvested for the CSA bins the first week of June.

Quietly, Paul replied, "I don't know.  Maybe, nothing."

Stunned, I listened as Paul explained that the abundant April showers had in fact turned the fields into a soggy muddy mess, plus the cold temperatures had failed to warm the soil, so that any seed planted would in fact rot, inste...

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April Showers bring May Vegetables - CSA Info

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : CSA 

Our CSA 2011 is almost here!

There is still room to join the Svetec Farms CSA! 


As promised, here is some news to keep you informed about the exciting farm season ahead of us at Svetec Farms.  This past winter has been a very busy one here at Svetec Farms.  Two new greenhouses have been erected in order to produce an eartlier crop of vegetables for our CSA customers.  A new cooler is being built (thanks Empire Farms!) for better post-harvest handling, and we are still searching for a cu...

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January Newsletter Part Three

Posted by Jenny Svetec on Thursday, January 13, 2011, In : Our Newsletters 

Here is the last part of our January Newsletter - Sorry for the formatting glitches - all the more reason to just sign up and get the perfect copy right to your email!

Pastured Poultry versus Free-Range Poultry Practices

On Svetec Farms our egg layers, the brown Rhode Island Red and Luma birds enjoy wandering about from mid March until mid November, and then enjoy a large  brooding shed thick with about three feet of straw, as their winter lodging.  Farmer Paul brings the...