It’s County Fair time! Yesterday Paul, the kids and I loaded up a basket full of farm grown goodies and headed to the Washington County fair grounds to enter them into the competition. Both of the kids entered sunflower seed heads. Paul and I entered in a plethora of things like okra, several varieties of tomatoes and peppers, onions, garlic etc. Oliver is so excited to go and see if he has won a ribbon. Calvin Bey was there, who is the local garden guru in these parts. He greeted me with a nice hug and said “Go look at the baskets and see if you can guess which one is mine!” What he’s talking about is a basket filled with five different things you the exhibitor have grown that you have not submitted in any other category. Well, I looked at the baskets from far away and I could already tell that it wasn’t fair. Calvin had blown away the competition again. Stunning would be an understatement. I told him in jest that it’s not fair to others who enter things in the fair…he’s that good. The man had blueberries in his basket, BLUEBERRIES! Who has fresh blueberries right now? He said that this was probably going to be his last year entering things, but I know he’s fibbing. You can’t keep a good man down, but you can try harder next year to have bigger onions.
Our area of the world is extremely dry at the moment. I returned to Arkansas from California anticipating rain and lushness. It has not rained once since I’ve been back. Due to this lack of moisture, a lot of our crops failed. Here on the farm we have no water to irrigate with. Well, we do, just no time or resources to make it happen. We went into this year “dry farming”, which means we mulched the heck out of everything and let Mother Nature take over. Imagine my fingers doing a pinching motion when I say we are this close to performing a rain dance. Something has got to give!
A few days ago we planted lettuce, spinach, chard and kale seed in a bed in front of our house. This means I have been hauling in water twice a day to water them in. However, with low humidity and high winds I feel like my effort is futile. We will see.
So, I haven’t been able to update photos in a LONG time, so these re from last fall till the present.
Mr. Calvin Bey doing a walk around on the farm, checking the soil.
(L-R) Resident, Jesse Thomas, Calvin Bey, and myself…but don’t look at me, not one of my finest moments.
Community garden, the “Before”.
Work party, where farm residents helped to clear the space.
You’re welcome KB.
Christmas Eve snow.
Ice Storm 2010
Paul spent a whole day building this snow fort, which I wasn’t too happy about. I would have caught hell if I would have wasted n entire day on that.
It lasted for weeks.
Paul found a salamander while digging.
Plots in the community garden.
Richard, the resident arborist giving pruning advice.
The goats had babies!