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.