27 March 2016
Strolling the farm at leisure is something I don't always remember to do, but there are always so many interesting and beautiful things transpiring, even if I don't look in any of the crop fields.Today I walked with a camera, taking pictures along the way. This was my Dad's camera, and I have been using it since he died almost two years ago. In using it I feel as if I can look at the farm through his eyes too, and share my daily life with him. I am also looking through my mother's eyes, since she has been such a strong support and a close friend.
I like the idea that I can share these photos with all of you who eat and enjoy our produce and support our farm. Thanks everyone!
The farm is a balance between wildness and cultivation. The crops benefit from the wild communities of life which border the fields (forest, riparian area, creek).
We grow a few fruit trees in a home orchard, which don't get much attention from us. We tend to favor the annuals with our time and energy, but we sure love eating any fruit that comes our way. There are also lots of wild, flowering cherry trees to brighten our world.
We grow native flowering plants in hedgerows adjacent to crop fields, to attract, feed, and shelter pollinators, beneficial predator and parasite insects, and birds. Other wildlife which favor undisturbed ground also use these corridors to travel between the butte and the river.
Willows growing along the creek bloom earlier than many plants, providing a prized early season source of nectar and pollen for beneficial insects. Many big leaf and vine maples are blooming on the farm too.
In their fifth week of life, the "peepsters" are almost big enough and ready to go outside into a training yard. Until they can go out among the lush grasses and clover, we give them greens like kale, which they are snapping up with much enthusiasm.
The balance between human and natural activity shows itself once more at the shop. When we constructed this building, which serves as a storage area, carpentry and machine shop, and community kitchen, this pear tree was right in the way. It yields some of the tastiest pears we've ever had, so it stayed. We drive around it happily in anticipation of its lovely fruit, and in appreciation for its beautiful blossoms.