Honestly, there were times when we didn’t think our little place could ever produce 3 TONS of food. Mission, IMPOSSIBLE… or so we thought. (Many of the trees aren’t even mature and are only a few years old, so could it be possible that this little space of ours could reach close to 8,000 lbs in a couple years’ time????) Just imagine if everyone in urban, suburbanite areas in America grew a garden (any size), how much food there’d be! Never say never, dream big dreams, reach for the stars … it’s possible.
– Journal entry Jan 1, 2004
This month, we are pretty excited to report (drum roll please!) that the record of 6,200 lbs harvested in year (2004) has been broken and we still have one month to go!
One would think we’d turn cartwheels, bang on a few drums and send out invitations to a huge harvest party at this news but rather we feel that pulling in so much produce under such conditions was in fact a miracle and truly a wonderful blessings.
2010 proved to be a mighty challenging year – hot spring, cold summer, record breaking heat in fall, invasive bagrada (harlequin bugs) and now early winter.
We had good harvest this month of guavas, guavas and more guavas! Also harvested a bunch more squash, the last of the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers and the extremely filling and highly nutritious lima beans. However, some harvest just didn’t pan out. Take for instance the pomegranates. We had averaged over 65 lbs every year but not this year: we got a miserly and pathetic 6 lbs.
Ah the joys of farming, more like being on a roller coaster ride if you ask me. This year it seemed we are riding the Mad Hatter.
492 lb Produce
Nada, zilch chicken or duck eggs
First time we’ve gone an ENTIRE month without eggs. Jordanne tells me that we aren’t the only ones in the So Cal area, she’s heard from others that are reporting little to no eggs. Jordanne will be writing about winter egg production at Barnyards and Backyards
2010 Year to Date Harvest Totals
6,396 lbs of Produce
131 lbs of Honey
293 Duck Eggs
706 Chicken Eggs