We’re back!!! Farmer Alan and Farmer Ivy have arrived in camp to wake up the farm after it’s long winter slumber.
We are happy to report that all of our fruit trees, grapevines, even our figs, survived the winter and are looking great. Thanks to Sheryl and Celia, our non-indigenous olives, dates, and pomegranates fared quite well having spent the winter indoors under the supervision of Farmer Parker. Even our honey-bees enjoyed their protracted snooze and emerged last week to greet us upon our arrival
We have so many exciting things planned for 2016, including the expansion of our garden with five new raised beds, the addition of berry bushes along the berm by the Canteen parking lot, enhanced environmental educational programs featuring guest speakers from leading agricultural organizations, and our major theme for the coming summer–The Rainbow Garden.
Most people simply don’t realize that the vegetables we are accustomed to finding in our supermarkets represent but a small fraction of what’s been grown for centuries by citizen farmers throughout the world. They have been marketed to us by large agribusinesses who want us to believe that all carrots are orange, tomatoes are red, and cucumbers are green. Well, wait to you see what’s coming this summer . . . purple carrots, bright red cucumbers, yellow, blue, and black tomatoes, and pink corn will be among the twenty-plus rainbow varieties we will be harvesting this year.
We should add that due to a major upgrade to Mountain View House where your farmers reside, we will be able to dramatically increase our pickling, canning, and baking efforts this year, thanks to the addition of a full-size stove and refrigerator.
BOY! We have so much more to tell you, but you’ll just have to wait until next week. Too much to do right now.
Until then, Stay Dirty.
Alan and Ivy