I’ve been errant in my blog posts lately because I’m getting ready for the launch of my book, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography, in August. I’ve also been hosting and co-teaching a digital storytelling workshop in which participants create first-person, multi-modal videos about significant life events. And then there’s the regular work of our CSA and the flower garden to weed and the farm chores to do every day.
Remember last June’s unseasonably hot weather with temperatures in the upper 90s and even 100s? We’ve had some hot days this June, but nothing like last year so far. Following a cooler, longer spring, 80-degree days are greatly appreciated by both the farmers and the plants in the field. The brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, and kale) couldn’t be happier. Tomatoes and peppers are setting fruit. We’ll pick peas this Saturday. The fall- and spring-planted spinach has bolted after weeks of delicious harvests but the chard is coming on strong. Compared to this time last year, the garden seems optimistic with the promise of a fresh season to come.
And the roses are spectacular. Between a good spring pruning and lots of early moisture, every rose is blooming right now.
The peonies too have put on a show of lush, heavy flower heads.
At last week’s digital storytelling workshop at the farm, the peonies turned up in several stories. Who could resist a picture like this?
Seeing Stonebridge reflected through someone else’s eyes makes me appreciate the farm in new ways. Here’s a wonderful piece by Teresa Barch that captures the spirit of a summer workshop here.
With June’s transplanting, weeding, and watering, we don’t usually get to other projects, let alone ones we’ve been dreaming of for years. This week, though, we had an infusion of help from an old friend, so rebuilding the goat pen came to the top of the list. You know someone’s a really good friend when they’ll spend their vacation on your “to do” list.
Now the goats have a classier place to live and the fence (salvaged from the same farm that gave us the granary) looks like it’s been there as long as the rest of the farm buildings.
Tomorrow, John and I will celebrate our solstice anniversary with dinner at The Gold Hill Inn. Our friend Angie Burnham has made a new documentary on Gold Hill that will inspire you to visit too. Check out the trailer here.
June feels lucky this year. Lucky for the snow that fell in April, raising the snow pack to normal for the water now flowing through our ditch. Lucky for temperatures that help new vegetables grow. Lucky for friends who share their time and labor. And lucky for a 102-year-old community farm that still grows food.