It's too early to be awake on a winter day.
In the summer, 5:00 am seems reasonable, rational even. In June, getting out into the field early to beat the high noon temperatures is the only way to function on the farm. But in December? The house is dark and cold. The house was also silent, until the alarm reminded us that today is special. It is the Winter Solstice and the second day of the Biodynamic “Sequential Sprays.”
The Solstice is nearly upon us, and while there’s lots to report—we’ve been so busy it’s been genuinely hard to make time to report any of it!—we have been watching all those brave roots, bees, critters and compostables go about their winter business, too.… Continue reading…
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The shortest day is almost here as the winter solstice approaches. We will be doing the Biodynamic "sequential spray" (for moisture-lacking) so if you would like to join us, meet at 1305 Blake SW on Thursday at 3:00pm and/or Friday at 6:00am. The preps must be stirred for one hour before spraying all of our five garden plots. Prior Biodynamic experience not required!
With the help of our South Valley Academy service learning students, we have begun to clear and restore a historic apple and pear orchard in the South Valley. We are working to clean out invasives on a weekly basis and plan to have pruning workshops in the near future.
It's hard to type the word "winter" when yesterday it was a balmy 60°, but this is the season when the daylight dwindles and we spend our days building soil and our evenings picking through seed catalogs.