Farm Friday: Life On The Farm

It’s been another great week on the Surprise lake Camp farm.  The fence is up around the vegetable garden, flowers are blooming, our vegetables are ready to go in the ground, and construction has begun on the grape arbor.

Spring comes a couple of weeks later up here than it does down in town; our bulbs are just beginning to come up and the trees are leafing out all around us.  I saw my first butterfly of the season as I was planting marigolds along the upper road.  It was yellow with black along its wingtips.  It may have been a Tiger Swallowtail yellow but I’m not sure.  I looked it up on the Internet and the closest thing to what I saw was Papilio glaucas, which means some kind of yellow butterfly with black along its wingtips.

The big news of the week is the arrival today of David Vogel who will be helping us on the farm until camp starts.  David is just back from several months of farming in California so he should be quite familiar with the draught conditions we’ve been experiencing.  (You should see Ivy running around the farm with her hose, spraying the place down every day.)  I’m sure David will make a great addition to the team and I look forward to tapping into his knowledge of sustainable farming.

Well, that’s it for this week.  We are all looking forward to the Spring Shabbat program honoring Sheila on Saturday and the spring alumni barbecue/party that evening.  Should be lots of fun.

Until next week . . .

Stay dirty.

Alan

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