January 5, 2012:  Today was a busy day.  Maureen attended an organic seminar in Barrie.  Learned lots of interesting things including marketing tips, consumer trends, and the do's and don'ts of selling at the farm gate.   Meanwhile back at the farm Jim was packing baskets and delivering the CSA veggies into Barrie at the 2 locations.

  We have a great time reading entries written mostly by Jim's great grandmother in her journals of 1916, 1917, and 1918.  Jim's grandfather, Harry, was in his mid 20's and was one of 6 brothers - all single and working full time on the family 100 acre farm.  Remember, no electricity, no cars, and no running water.  The spelling and grammar can be somewhat rough at times to read.   This date in January of 1917 - "We took 3 hogs out to Pete's.  They averaged 200 lbs apiece.  Elwood stopped drawing wood to take them out.  Gordon chored.  Frasier is sick in bed.  Harry is still logging for Geo Johnston.   Dad is overseeing as usual.  It snowed heavy, there is good sleighing.  The Sunday School Annual Meeting was at night."        

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