Caretakers of creation

Celebrating Creation & Holy Week with all sorts of outreach!

Although we couldn’t attend all the events we were invited to (sorry, folks, perhaps next year!)  due to conflict of schedules with Holy Week, we still did have a jam packed week!!!

In Pasadena, there was a  “Harvest Homesteaders” canning class, now going on three years in a row.    Jordanne and  I agreed that these girls were the best yet.   All the jam made that morning will be donated to a local food bank.  Great job girls!

Next, Jordanne and Farmer D headed off to another school where they were guests at a school assembly (where our two bantie chickens made appearances).

After watching our film Homegrown Revolution,  all the kids were chanting “Blackberry, Blackberry, Blackberry!”   Farmer D spoke to the kids about the importance of “food miles.”  The students  were all eyes and ears!

Then we were  off on a small road trip where our family was the  special honorary guest, once again, of the wonderful community of Palm Springs.   We had to leave Justin behind.  Well, actually, he REALLY wanted to stay home because, just as we were about to leave, I spotted a pretty decent swarm going into one of Justin’s traps (more about the free-bees later!)

After the screening of our award winning film and Q & A session, a local organic dinner was served – pretty neat to see a dish of nopales (cactus).    A BIG thank you to Leslie, Ward,Geraldine & Yolanda for their extraordinary hard work and warm hospitality in Palm Springs and to local teacher Lauren and administrator Jill for some great interaction with kids.

The weather was pretty wild in Palm Springs – it WAS REALLY windy!   “White caps” were spotted in the pool of the spa where we stayed.

The drive was LOVELY.  Usually on road trips, I dose off; but Southern California is gorgeous this time of year, the hills green and gold with wild mustard.  And, last, but not least, on the way home we stopped  in Corona to see our favorite farm and farmer to pick up some wonderful farm bounty.

I sure wished I could have enjoyed the trip and outings more.  But earlier  that day, I reached up and something “popped” (shudder) and I had back/shoulder pain the whole time.  Man,  it hurt so badly I could hardly lift my arm to give out HUGS (they ended more like awkward chest bumps!)

Once home, I put a hot water bottle on my back and after a good night’s sleep, my shoulder is MUCH better.  Ahhhh.   Sure glad it’s better. I was worried there for a bit,  knowing I had a arms length of “heavy duty” chores waiting when I got back.

Hope everyone had a blessed and meaningful Holy Week.

Cutting up local organic strawberries purchased from farmer's market


Filling up the jars

Putting on the tops

Morning assembly

Educating about food miles

What's in the box?

A BIG squash!

Estella shows off

Desert Hot Springs

Introducing the film to eco particpants

This guy had a pretty cool wind mill - I want one!

Ahhh, paradise.


  1. Ginger says:

    Sounds like a great time—except for that shoulder. Take care of yourself.

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: Thanks! Shoulder is MUCHO better. Haven’t a clue why it hurt soooo bad.

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, wow, sounds like you had a busy week. It’s been raining just enough to keep me from being able to work outside. I have my first crop of lettuce on the way. It’s just coming up through the ground along with the radishes. Do you start your lettuce plants and then transplant them to the garden or do you direct seed into the garden? Your lettuce beds always look so nice and uniform. How do you do that?

    I harvested my first rain water over the weekend. I’m excited about that. It was only from 1/4 of my roof area but 1/3 of a inch of rain netted me about 85 gallons of water. This area of roof has the potential of 180 gallons of water from one inch of rain. I was quite surprised at the amount of water that can be collected from a house roof.

    Have a great California day.

  3. elaine nieves says:

    Loved the photos and sounds like you had a wonderful, if busy, time. A remedy for stiff muscles and frozen joints is to soak in a warm bath spiked with 3 cups of Epsom salts for about 12 mins. 2-3 times a week. That might help for your poor shoulder. Feel better.

  4. A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L. says:

    Anais, thanks for the wonderful post and pictures. You really brought back memories for me of the wonderful time I had when I lived in Palm Springs. The mountains surrounding it, the caves within and without and the ever present natural hot springs found all over the place all make Palm Springs one of the most enchanting places in Southern California. Wonder if you ever got a chance to go hiking off the beaten path there?

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