紹介 (English translation follows)
僕のオーガニック野菜に興味があるかたは「2017 price list」、eメールを 送ってください。
My name is Jeffrey Casey and I love to grow Japanese vegetables in my backyard. I live on a regular city sized lot in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. Almost 21 years ago when my wife and I moved from Hokkaido to Airdrie, we found it very difficult to find the same tasty Japanese vegetables in Calgary. It has taken me many years to figure out how to grow Japanese vegetables given than Alberta has shorter growing season, cooler temperatures, lesser amount of rainfall, and greater daily temperature fluctuations than Japan.
I have slowly expanded the size of my vegetable garden which now includes two greenhouses. I use the greenhouse to grow heirloom tomatoes and Japanese tomatoes. I do not use machines to cultivate my garden beds. I hand water my vegetables using rain barrel water and only in extreme drought situation will I fill my rain barrel with Calgary tap water.
I feed my soil with homemade compost, purchased organic compost, a friend's aged cow manure and, on occasion, apply an organic granular fertilizer and liquid seaweed fertilizer. I protect my crops from numerous insects which just love the taste of my leafy green vegetables with a Remay fabric cover. To extend the growing season, every evening I cover my vegetables with sheets to protect them from frost. It does take a bit of time and effort to grow vegetables here but you are repaid many times over with the absolute freshest, safest vegetables around.
The expansion of my vegetable garden has corresponded with an increased interest in my organic vegetables from the Japanese community in and around Calgary. I do not sell at farmer's markets but rather through word of mouth to those who long for a taste of the quality of Japan produce. I set the prices for my organic vegetables based on prices for similar products found in Calgary supermarkets/organic markets. While I obviously cannot compete with the economies of scale that the industrial agricultural system enjoys, I do refer to my backyard as farm, an “Urban Farm”. Perhaps while browsing through my homemade website you may also be inspired to participate in the future of our food supply- urban agriculture.
If you are interested in purchasing my vegetables then please click on the page links above for more information, download my 2017 price list and your request.
Casey's Urban Farm
“Urban agriculture is the future of our food supply.”
May 25,2007 snow storm
Nov. 18, 2007 Pushing Z3a limits- average first frost date Sept. 1
Feb. 19, 2008 The promise of spring- adding organic soil ammendments.
Cutting the greass with a non-polluting reel mower.
Sifting my homemade compost
Bagging my homemade compost
1.1 kg (2 lbs. 7 ozs.) giant danshaku potato
1523 g (3lbs. 5 ozs.) giant Japanese carrot
Komatsuna and chingensai
Dec. 6, 2008
Still growing in the greenhouse
Jan. 6, 2009
Final harvest salad- spinach, carrots and tomato salad
What I feed my soil
Jan. 18, 2009 Snow Farming
After an extremely cold December (-30° C), a chinook (+12° C) has blown in and the frost is out of the ground 8" in the greenhouse so it is time to mix in some kelp meal and organic fertilizer.
Dec. 12, 2009
Had to dig a path to my compost bins after a heavy snowfall
Oct. 6, 2012
Re-aligned my garden beds. For more information my raised beds, please click on this link: raised beds.
Nov. 13, 2012
Japanese Napa cabbage (日本の白菜)
August 25, 2014
Environmentally friendly ALS Bucket Challenge
Sept. 8-10, 2014
Late Summer Snowstorm! 28.2 cm (11.1") of a very heavy snow fell coupled with -6°C (21.1°F) caused so many problems in the garden.