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Inara’s Garden

Inara's GardenHi everyone, my name is Inara Turner

and I’m 12 years old. My family moved to the Comox Valley 2 years ago and we now live on a farm just north of Courtenay. Our farm’s name is Amara Farm and we grow garlic, vegetables, blueberries, and we have about 60 chickens that give us lots of eggs every day.

Before I moved here,

I lived in a house in the middle of Richmond. We had a small garden and only a little bit of space to play in. Now I have 26 acres!! My sister and I like to explore Portuguese Creek, which runs behind our property. We call it China Creek because we found broken pottery in the creekbed. Our two dogs, Jenny & Sadie, follow us wherever we go.

The Comox Valley

is kind of different from Richmond. There are no skyscrapers, not so many cars and not so many people. There’s lots of nature and not so many man-made things. I like that a lot.

One of the jobs I have at the farm

is to sell our stuff at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. It means waking up early, helping to set up our table and tent, and then keeping track of all the sales. It’s really good for my math!

We grow about 40 different types of vegetables

throughout the season. Right now, the greenhouses were full of lettuce and salad greens but since it got hot so quickly, we had to take the greens out and plant peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and cucumbers. I asked my mom if we could try watermelon this year. I found a kind called “Moon and Stars”. The fruit aren’t very big but they have these crazy spots on them that look like a big moon and lots of small stars. I hope they taste good too.

One of my favourite jobs on the farm

is to drive the ride-on mower. We use it to mow the grass but also to transport different things around the farm. It came in really handy last week when we had to plant 1200 blueberry bushes. I had to pick up blueberries from the front of our farm and drive them into the field. I also delivered emergency lemonade and cookies to everyone who was helping to plant. It was sure hot and we didn’t want people getting hangry.

My other favourite job

is to weed in the greenhouses, in my bare feet, when it’s raining outside. I like to feel the soft soil squishing in between my toes. That’s not weird, right?

Next weekend,

we are hosting a group from the Comox Valley Young Naturalists at our farm. We joined the club a few months ago and had the chance to explore MacDonald Wood and Point Holmes Beach. This time, we’re going to show everyone our farm and point out all the things that we harvest from the woods like nettles, salmonberry, thimbleberry, Nootka rose and elderflower. We even have some thimbleberry/rose soda for people to try!

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. Stay tuned for the next article.

May all your seeds come true!

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3 Responses to Inara’s Garden

  1. Zero Waste Canada June 6, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Very cool!

  2. Mahan chandra Borah June 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Great job Inara…..Other children should think like you….Wish you all the best…Reallr proud of you….

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