Friday, July 31, 2020

Saturday Transplanting and Packing

For summer students, it is the half way point.
For the harvest season people, it is the quarter way point.
For the full season people, it is the half way point.

6:00am Leave Canngreb, the goal is 2 irrigation runs.
Same people as Friday

7:00am, everyone else.


Thursday, July 30, 2020


Same time and place, same people.
First off, thanks for another big day.
I did not intend to have that big of day, my apologies. I brought an extra rack out so that the round could be completed, but then I got busy and lost track of your progress.
Harvest is slowing down some, so I will be replacing the transplant crew between 2-4 each day, if I want to go later.
We are on a timeline of pressure to plant everything before Aug 6-10.
Please note that your long days have been greatly appreciated.
Also, I do not cultivating the field when it dry for a variety of reasons, one of which is the dry powder it creates.
Much apologies, thanks for hanging in there, all.

Last week I said that there would be less pressure to stay till 5 pm each night, and so far it has not happened.
Thanks for all who are hanging in there and are contributing to our daily outgoing orders.
Due to the long days, Friday is optional.
7:00am for the willing.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Thursday Transplanting and Packing

It is getting to be a pattern...

Transplanting leave 6:05am start 6:15am Riddell
Same people

Packing Starting at 7:00am


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Wed Transplanting and Packing


Same as Tuesday. Riddell, leave 6:05am start 6:15am
We stopped a bit early Tuesday, to make sure we could irrigate well.
Hoping for a fuller day Wednesday.

Packing 7:00am We have a major truck going out everyday, thanks for your contributions to make that happen.


Monday, July 27, 2020

Tuesday Transplanting and Packing

Leave 6:05am start 6:15 Riddell.
We are starting on the other side of field, enter field from Dashwood RD, west treeline.
Where we were today, there are irrigation pipes and it is blocked to vehicles.

Packing 7:00am We had a big harvest Monday, and it should continue Tuesday and Wed.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Monday Transplanting leave 6:05 start 6:15am Packing 7:00am

Transplanting leave 6:05 start 6:15am
Riddell Farm, enter Clayton South along the ditch. We are doing the rows parallel and on the other side of the trees. For Clayton, we did the "house" side. Monday is the opposite side.
There are 19 wagons left.
I walked Clayton field, and looked at the recent planting. I was pleased to see the walkers doing a good job, there were few misses. Good work, keep that up.
If it rains substantially Monday, we will pack up and move to Munn farm on Tuesday. Day by day.

Packing 7:00am
We should have good harvest Monday.
Packing people, we have been at this three week now.
Each person's speed should be up to 5-6 standard proper sized bunches per minute, and 3-4 "14's" proper sized bunches per minute.
Anything that distracts one from doing so, should be self regulating.
We are paying for your productivity, and nothing else.


Friday, July 24, 2020

Saturday: Lighter Day, part group 8:00am

8:00am   Elisa, Fran, Sara(h)s X3, Matt, Seth, Jaxin, Amos, Jillian

Transplanting Update

I think we have 21 wagons left to plant, and about 2.5 weeks to do it.

We will be going full blast to get them in weather permitting.


Quick Update Note....

Today, we will start having 3 harvest crews, instead of 2.
As a result, the harvest crews should be completing the daily harvest sooner, and returning home sooner.

Up until now, the locals have been working from 7-5pm on average, as to complete the outgoing order shipping that evening.
I have much gratitude for you all, staying all day. We are meeting our shipping goals each day. Thank you all!

Going forward, however, unless there is an emergency order going out, the locals will be released earlier, when all three harvest crews return, around 3pm or so.
We complete the daily harvest when we have accumulated the sufficient amount to complete the orders.
With 3 harvest crews, we will reach that goal sooner, than with 2 harvest crews.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Friday Starting time

I only have one wagon to start

7:00am Transplanter team people, Zurich group carload, including Jillian
9:00am Everyone else


Friday is a packing day, no transplanting.

The start time will be determined by what happens on the farm tonight, as far as what get packed, what orders are completed, and if there will be stored broccoli over night.

I will update later this evening.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Thursday: Transplanting and Packing

Transplant at 6:00am leave 5:55am Same crew

Packing 7:00am everyone else, please


Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Transplanting 5:55am leave 6am start. 
Same people and place

Packing 7:00am everyone else. 


Monday, July 20, 2020


Transplanting 5:55am leave. 6:00am start 
Thanks for the enormous day on Monday, that was great. We have 1 more Gh to seed, and those racks and trays will be used to do it. 
Tuesday and Wednesday are big packing days, you may be asked to pack in the early afternoon. 

7:00am.  We had a full truck going out tonight, and you all helped make that happen, much appreciated. 
We have a 3 trucks coming in 2 days, one Tuesday, one Wednesday morning, one Wednesday night. Most of packing has to be done Tuesday. 
That is where you all come in.
Come in at 7am....


Sunday, July 19, 2020


Transplanting leave 5:55am 6am start
Usual suspects.
Be prepared to pack when transplanting is complete. Big order going out Monday night...

Packing 7:00am everyone else.

We have had a power failure since 11am, just got the password for the blog, so I could post by phone. 
That is why I am late posting this. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Saturday : Packing 8:00am Everyone

Few things..

First off, with your contributions, we are fulfilling our daily outgoing orders to our customers. Much appreciated.

It takes much effort to focus, all day, and to be highly productive, all day. For those whom this is your first place of employment, you are learning the meaning of endurance and character in the workplace. Great tools for anyone to have.

Tomorrow we are working on a 25 pallet order, and another 10 pallet order on top of that, to be shipped Sunday evening and Monday morning.

See you all at 8am.

Next week we start transplanting again, hopefully Monday.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Friday Packing 9:00am Everyone SETH 8:00am

Thanks to all for helping getting today's order ready.

Tomorrow, we have another big one.
9:00am Packing

Seth, please come in at 8:00am 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Thursday Start Time Change: 8:00am instead of 7:00am

I don't have a way to contact you all quickly

Thursday: Packing 7:00am

We have two big orders going out Thursday and Friday.
The priority is packing.
Thursday: 7:00am, everyone in.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Wednesday: Transplanting 5:55am leave No harvest, no packing

Same crew, leave at 5:55am, 6:00am start, Clayton South.
Thanks Elisa for driving every day.

We are not packing, as we are not harvesting Wednesday.
Back at it Thursday.


Monday, July 13, 2020

Transplanting and Packing

Same people as Monday,
Leave 5:45am Start 6am
  • Finish the 7 passes at CannGreb...
  • Then go home to pack for short period of time...
  • Then go back out to transplant at Clayton South.
  • Finish at a similar time as Monday
As the forecasted heat increases as the week goes on, we are trying to have a bigger front half in planting.

Everyone else, 7:00am
I received some good news from Zach today. I asked him to measure your times in the afternoon.
Every single person improved by 40%+  compared to the morning session... Great Work!
I appreciate that effort, very much.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Monday: Transplanting and Packing

Leave farm at 5:45am Start at 6:00am
CannGreb Farm
Elisa = Drive Van
with...Fran, Josh, Sarah, Sara, Matthew, Sarah

Please bring appropriate food and drink, as breaks and Lunch will be in the field, and perhaps sunblock.
Mosquito repellent is provided.
"Normal days are 6am until 2-4pm, (We start early to minimize the heat of the day) with six people sitting on the transplanter, inserting plants into the rotating cups, with one or two people taking turns walking behind, making sure the plants are planted properly.
Every 1.5 hours, the transplanter needs to be loaded with plants and water, which everyone participates in completing this task.  

Everyone else, please come in and be prepared to work at 9:00am

Our harvest amounts will increase as different fields begin to be harvested.
Soon, the regular time for starting to pack will be 7:00am, beginning with a wagon that had been harvested and cooled the day before.


Friday, July 10, 2020

Saturday 8am Packing

Hello everyone.

Thank you for all your hard work today! For tomorrow, Saturday July 11, the following are in to bunch at 8:00am

Seth, Matthew, Josh, Fran, Elisa, Sara N, Sarah L, Sarah D and Kailee

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Friday, 8am Packing- Everyone.

First Day!

First days are filled with instruction and learning, with the aim to quickly adjust to the appropriate size of bunches and  speed.

Remember to bring a mask, please.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Thursday and Friday: Friday is the first packing day for locals

We did not harvest today (Wednesday).
We have no broccoli in the wagons to pack for Thursday morning.

But...starting Thursday, we should be harvesting every day.

Friday will be the first packing day for the locals.

I will post the starting Thursday night, for Friday morning, when I know the quantity of broccoli that needs to be packed.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020


On Monday and Tuesday, we had a small harvest.
We are bound to get more Thursday.

I will post Wednesday night.


Monday, July 6, 2020


We started harvest 2020 Monday night, 6pm. The guys are still out there. Not an overwhelming volume, but that is somewhat normal for the first day.
The goal is to get the locals in to pack this week, hopefully.... Thursday.
I will update you all each evening. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

This coming week... Update

Pete here.

We hope to start harvest Monday evening, and continue into Tuesday.
I usually get the people who cut the first harvest to pack it themselves, as the new guys see the results firsthand of how they cut.. (stock cut too long or too short, quality, maturity), and with this knowledge, they quickly learn the ropes.
As soon as we harvest in more quantity, I will call in local help to pack the product.

2020 brought with it 3 unusual events that have greatly impacted our season so far.
In April, we had below normal temps, and we had severe -5C freezing a few nights in a row. As are result, what we had planted had suffered and delayed, and we had to take a 10 day break in planting (first time ever taking a break).
The results of this is that we, for the first ever, started harvest in July instead of late June.
Also, we are not starting off with large volumes
We are not having a normal start to our year.

Second, with the Virus, 40% of our staff have not arrived yet, and when they do, they will be in quarantine for 2 weeks.
We will only have 2 harvest crews instead of 3, for July. That will impact our daily volume uptake.
But it will create an opportunity for the locals to take a larger roll in packing.

And thirdly, if that is a word, we are seeing unusually high temps forecasted for this week.
We have seen 30C forecasted for periods of time, but not 34C for a full week.
This will have a huge impact on how we transplant, harvest and pack.
High temps and heat warnings directly impact our field workers, and we will attempt to limit field work to morning and evening. This will change how we traditionally do things.

I will try and update daily, thanks for your patience, and your willingness to contribute to bringing fresh market vegetable to the people of Ontario.

Friday, July 3, 2020

2020 Harvest Season

Check this blog in the evenings to see if you are scheduled to work the next day. Harvest season will be beginning very soon, and we will need your help! Check regularly for updates