Well, I thought I was going to be posting about our travels, but it’s taking longer than I had anticipated – because there is so much to share! Still trying to catch our breaths here…. as the tidal wave of work washes over our return to the urban homestead!
I will hopefully get to the travel recap soon but, in the meantime, life moves forward – onward.
Guess what? 47 days till spring!
The garden, thanks to the deluge of liquid sunshine last week, has filled out. Nothing better “growth hormone” for the garden than rain.
After more than a week on the road what a blessing it was to come home to fresh salads, dark green broccoli and navel oranges (from Farmer Sergio). We hate to use the word snob but we are definitely spoiled being able to eat such nourishing, fresh food every day! When one goes on the road, one starts to appreciate what a tremendous blessing it is to have a garden full of homegrown food.
The good news is the fish that Justin ordered arrived in the mail. The bad news is that most of the fish were DOA. The rest died that night. Closer inspection found the container package was damaged and leaking. That’s a bit of a setback, but we have our hands full as it is (right now). We will try, try again…
Coming back from the farming conference in Asilomar, we still are determined to improve our soil even more. Why? Because we really think we can do better and produce more (weather and God willing)
Before we left Justin left out 5 gallon buckets to capture extra rainwater to make a batch of nettle tea whenever Farmer Sergio comes up next and brings us a bunch of fresh nettles that I bartered for a handknit hat.
We also brought back (way, way too many) seeds from the seed exchange there at the eco farm conference – Jordanne & I made sure to pick up some extra grains like quiona and amaranth. We hope to squeeze out a plot of grains for animal feed. Where, I dunno yet, but I am sure Justin will make out a space (hint, hint)
There’s another storm that’s supposed to dump more rain here in So Cal, so we are trying to get some of the outdoor project done before another downpour.
As I un-jumble my thoughts and reflections from the recent travels (lots of interesting folks and exchanges), enjoy a few photos of the good life here on the urban homestead.
Dwarf Grey Sugar pea flowers
“Dwarf” Grey Sugar peas topping the 3′ cages.
Kale & clay pot (“olla) bed
Pssst, guess what? It’s that time of year again. What time of year you ask? With spring just around the corner it’s time to ger yer ollas!
We are taking pre-orders as we speak. Get ’em now while they are hot!
Maaaaaaa! Finally, the sun is out… for awhile at least!
Before signing off, we like to thank a few kind folk whose letters and donations greeted us when we got home.
:: Field Hand Appreciation ::
CE $20 and who wrote: ” to the Dervaes family, I so enjoy your site. It is very generous of you to put so much of yourselves and your home/farm on the net fo the rest of us to see. I am enclosing $20 to help pay for the website hosting cost. I wish you continued success in all you do – Sincerely CE
KD $20 donation and a note that said ” I received a calendar – its beautiful. What a surprise!”
and last but not least LE $150 and touching letter which said ” Dear Dervaes family First of all thank you for all the effort you put into education those of us who for whatever reason are currently unable to live a life like yours. I look at the photos on your website whenever I feel a disconnection with the earth. I’d like to donate to your outreach program because it makes a difference to me that 4 of you can manage to do what you are doing with a grace and confidence and tact. Thanks again for all the great ideas, I look forward to keeping up with your activities. – LE
Thank you all for your warmth and generosity – your positive comments and continuing support are what makes this site possible.