Merry Christmas

We extend a sincere wish for a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season to our family, friends and customers.

We are having a very quiet Christmas at Marsh Haven this year. Our younger son, Mark, came home a couple of weeks back, but he is in the service industry and with staff in short supply and the opportunity to pay off his student and car loans, he will be working over Christmas. Our eldest son, Greg, graduated top of his platoon, in his Basic Officer Training and spent a few days in Cochrane, before coming home with his girlfriend, Kate. They will be with us Christmas Eve and morning to watch Greg’s young cousins open their presents and then they are off to Calgary. We’ll have supper with my brother and his family at my Mom’s. We are going to Christmas Eve dinner with Glen’s mom tonight.

So we are down to the last push to have everything done by our December 31st deadline for Canada/Alberta Farm Stewardship Funding. We are finally able to exhale, with just a small amount of fencing and finishing of the composter, we are going to make it. If I ever apply for so many grants simultaneously again, I need to be stopped before I ever get started. The one bright spot is that we were able to do a lot of things on the farm, we may never have been able to do without financial assistance and it is really coming together.

Here are the latest pictures of the composter. Through this sequence of pictures you can see the front and bays taking shape. Insulation will be blown in between the double walls. Jeremy is constructing the plenum boxes at home. Glen still needs to complete the piping for aeration and install heat tapes through the bins, so we can add frozen manure. We’re going to call on our good friend Mike Kelly with Can-Traffic to bring one or two of the boom trucks to lift the tent domes over the structure.

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