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.