Just a quick farm update . . . We went from freezing weather to summer temps in three days. It has been a nice week. Plants in the greenhouses are a little on the small side but getting close to being ready to set out. Ground is tilled. May start planting by the weekend.
This year planting will be without the help of our son John – the first time since he was a young boy. He is off at college finishing up his senior year, preparing to graduate in a few weeks, and getting married towards the end of summer. He is planning on coming back to work here with new knowledge, some different work experiences, and (hopefully ) enthusiasm.
Today, after wrapping up office and order fulfillment related tasks, I got outside and worked on brush mowing around the trees along the perimeter. With that accomplished, I turned my focus towards putting the finishing touches on the drip irrigation system. Last year, we recruited the help of a young cousin to basically work all summer hand watering the recently planted trees to keep them alive. This summer she wants to start helping with the seed crop work. Hence the irrigation system. Hopefully I have it figured correctly and the survival rate of this year’s planting will be high.
If you are an longtime supporter and have followed along with what goes on around here, you know that we have basically relied on your word-of-mouth recommendations as our primary form of “advertising.” With little in the budget for outreach, you telling your friends and neighbors about us, mentioning us in your blog or Facebook posts, or even writing the gardening editors of your local newspaper is still very important to us – and we greatly appreciate your efforts at promoting us.
But we are going to try something new (for us anyway) . . . this is the “big news” mentioned in the header above (yes, John graduating, getting married, and coming to work full-time here is pretty big too ). We have decided to exhibit at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington on June 2-3. This event is just too close to home to not be a part of it.
The Fair is not a garden show. Like Mother Earth News magazine’s content, this is shaping up to be a very cool mix of sustainable lifestyle related information. There are tons of workshops, lectures and exhibitors. I am getting excited (and a bit anxious) thinking about it.
You can learn more about what is being offered by clicking on the picture or by visiting the main web site at www.motherearthnewsfair.com. If you are planning on attending, do stop by booth 908 and say hello. If you have not already purchased your tickets, I have a small supply of $10-off coupons. Email me if you are interested in a coupon . . . I will be sending them out on a first come, first served basis until the supply is exhausted.