A Rocha helped us organize our 2014 rye harvest. They have helped us in other ways, from inspiration and encouragement to the incredible gift of good seed from their farm in BC. It was a real pleasure and honour to stay at the farm for a few days in 2013, get to know the site and work with the interns. We were looking for volunteers to help bring the crop in and get it ready to sell to support the Canadian Food Grains Bank. They helped us get the word out, and invited Jerremie to write a few blog posts about the harvest experience. The three posts can be linked to here. A little update, the rye has yet to find its way to the distillery, the snow mid September really impacted the harvest. The rye will however be appearing at market and in CSA's, and who knows, may yet find its way into great local whiskey.
1. Reflecting on Reaping, Stooking, and Fellowship: Traditional Grain Harvest On September 5th we hosted a group of volunteers on our farm near Sundre, Alberta to help with hand harvesting our rye crop.
2. Reflections on Reaping, Stooking and Fellowship: Traditional Grain Harvest, cont’d. The harvesting and the fellowshipping that goes with our grain harvest is wonderful and one can really focus on the people, the hands that are provided for the harvest. To focus solely on the people would be a bit of a shame, as the central actor in the whole harvest day of course (a part from the Creator) is the humble rye.http://www.arocha.ca/reflections-on-reaping-stooking-and-fellowship-2/
3. Reflections on Reaping, Stooking and Fellowship: Traditional Grain Harvest. A final note on the rye and the harvest. We expect the rye will be sold to a craft distillery, to be made into whiskey, which is a pretty noble end for a humble rye and a very local spirit for Alberta.
Jerremie and Rita Clyde are members of St. James Anglican Church in Calgary Alberta. They are enthusiastic supporters of A Rocha Canada and believe in caring for creation.
Faith Based Farm
Little Loaves is a faith based farm. That means our faith informs our choice to farm, how we farm and what we do with the bounty. It doesn't mean that we evangelize at folk, but if you ask, well we will be happy to talk about it.