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December 4, 2018

Well it looks like we are done irrigating indefinitely with numerous storms coming through and more on the way. We have been hurrying to get all bare ground cover cropped before the ground becomes too soggy to work. For the most part we’ve succeeded with a few more small areas that will need it if we get another dry spell. 

Existing crops can do a pretty good job, but once they’re gone you have to get right on it with the broadcast seeder. Mitigating erosion of cropland is a high priority for us.

It’s been so dry up till now that we’ve had to irrigate most of our cover crop seed to get it sprouting and doing so before the rains have a chance to cause damaging runoff of valuable topsoil since it takes thousands of years to form.

Unless you are blessed with land in a floodplain that gets topsoil replenished from deposits from parts upstream, you must hold onto what you have by any means necessary.  This is especially true on sloped land.
 
The crops we do still have are loving this weather. The nights continue to stay warm but word has it some cold weather should be continuing this weekend. 

The summer crops are pretty much over and from now on it’s the hardy leafy greens and storable winter squash along with some citrus and persimmons that are still hanging on.  I cannot believe that December is here already; winter is upon us!

Our long season CSA ended today and it was a wonderful run! For the first time ever, we extended the CSA from 28 weeks to 32 weeks this year and I think it was a success for us and for our shareholders.

Though lack of water was an issue during the fall months, we were able to pull of a large assortment of crops that kept our CSA boxes brimming all season long.

Thank you so much to those of you who supported us this year through the CSA program. We hope you enjoyed your weekly veggies as much as we enjoyed growing them and packing them up for you!… Read the rest

December 4, 2018

Red Beets
Broccoli
Savoy Cabbage
Cilantro
Green Kale
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Spinach
Mint
Rubenstar Apples
Green Kabocha Winter Squash… Read the rest

November 27, 2018

Hass Avocados
Cilantro
Fennel
Green Kale
Red Butter Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Yellow Bell Peppers
Rubenstar Apples
Radicchio
Purple Cauliflower… Read the rest

November 20, 2018

Cauliflower

Eggplant

Fennel

Red Butter Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce

Radicchio

Delicata Winter

Red Kabocha Winter Squash

Hachiya Persimmons

Fuyu Persimmons… Read the rest

November 13, 2018

We are going deep into fall now, but you wouldn’t know it unless you are a night owl or an early riser. The cool nighttime temperatures are finally hitting. This is slowing growth in most of the field crops but unlike other tree fruits, it’s hastening the ripening of the persimmons. It’s cold instead of heat that makes the sugars develop in them and it has been a long time since we’ve had a low night time temperature in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s.

The one glaring issue we have of course is the super dry conditions with humidity near single digits. Its dry, dry, dry and dusty too; that and all the smoke from fires burning to the north of us. We had a fire just north of the farm near Paradise Park (coincidentally) in the redwoods. No loss of homes or lives here thankfully, but nothing compared to the historic fires currently to the north and south of us. Our hearts go out to all those who lost their homes and/or loved ones. 

Down the road and once the air clears and the damage is assessed, I think it’s time to really have more public discussions about the climate disasters we are experiencing in California.  We simply cannot continue on with our old ways.

It may not be obvious to those not directly affected but the longer term drought and increased heat is damaging the greater ecosystems that we have, until now, relied on to produce our food and live in relative safety. Large trees temper the climate and absorb carbon dioxide. If they start dying off due to human made activities, not just deforestation by logging, but by disease and drought we are going to see more of these deadly fires and thus even more adverse weather affecting our vital activities.… Read the rest

November 13, 2018

Red Beets
Cilantro
Lacinato Kale
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Spinach
Red Kabocha Winter Squash
Rubenstar Apples
Broccoli
Rosemary… Read the rest

November 6, 2018

Green Dandelion Greens
Eggplant Mix
Purple Cauliflower
Red Leaf Lettuce
Romaine or Red Little Gem Lettuce
Tomatillos
Green Kabocha Winter Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
Rubenstar Apples
Hachiya Persimmons
Sage… Read the rest

October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween and fall greetings from the fields. The season of orange is upon us (no pun intended). Orange winter squash, peppers, persimmons and pumpkins abound with shades of yellow and orange along with their purple leaves quaking in the breeze.
 
Temperatures have not really dropped that much and we are still awaiting our first rains. It’s dry but we needed to get the cover crops going so we are irrigating them to get a growth jump before the colder weather hits. It’s best to get things up and going before mid-November, otherwise growth is slowed down significantly. The same goes for the winter vegetable crops too. Most all of fall/winter plantings are now in the ground and it’s time now to start looking forward to different chores.
 
Okay, it’s election season and we’re going to get political here. The reason being that there are some real changes happening that are having an effect on us all. We have to realize our own part we play in the future. It’s important to be thinking about what kind of a world we are going to leave for our children. Not just our children, but our children’s children’s children’s children.That is what is at stake.
 
Because of the divisive and destructive behavior of our elected representatives, which include leaving the EPA in ruins, we are facing potential ecological collapse of the systems that we rely on, including the climate.
 
Fear mongering and political division are exacerbating other problems like the immigration crisis, general hyper partisanship and hostile public discourse that leads to inaction or worse, violent behavior, as manifested in recent events.
 
Voting is just one thing we can do but voting with your dollars is an even better choice. A better world is possible but we may have to take it upon ourselves to make that happen regardless; what we do now does effect that. Using less fossil fuels and more renewable energy does that. Using less single use plastics does that. Speaking truth loudly does that. Not allowing an authoritarian government controlled by large concentrated corporations to take political control of our lives does that.… Read the rest

October 30, 2018

Fennel
Lacinato Kale
Yellow Potatoes
Yellow Summer Squash
Rubenstar Apples
Oregano
Red Butter Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Sugar Pie Pumpkins… Read the rest

October 23, 2018

Cilantro
Dill
Fennel
Green Curly Kale
Red Butter Lettuce
Curly Parsley
Padron Frying Peppers
Yellow Bell Peppers
Radicchio
Red Kabocha Winter Squash
Gala & Rubenstar Apples
Rosemary… Read the rest