Measuring twice, cut once

My, my, where does the time fly to? It’s been quite awhile since I last posted and it’s not for lack of homestead happenings. In fact, there are too much happenings, so much so, I wish I could hire a full time blogger! No kidding, I can’t keep up with all the wonderful stories and goings on.

We’ve been busy with lectures, workshops, tours, film nights, music & food events and even a few shoots for upcoming pieces in magazines (one is going to be published in Europe). I can barely keep up with all the email requests! If you have emailed a recently, we’ll (hopefully), I will  get back to you soon. Believe me, we wish we could do it all  and handle everyone at once!

Whilst we are busy trying to keep up, we  would like to know “how’s everyone?” Especially our readers out on the East coast?

The year has not been without a few “setbacks” of sorts, but we have faith things will work out in the end. For one, our super video techie, Jordanne, needs new software so she can easily upload all the footage she’s been taking.

After a brutally hot summer and somewhat sucky summer harvest, here, the weather has(finally) turned nippy, as the garden turns over to cooler crops and row covers to tuck the beds in for the winter. The garden isn’t the only thing prepping for winter; so is our backyard patio. We’ve had such a positive turnout to the weekly Sunday gatherings , folks want them to continue through the winter. That’s the good news.  The bad news was how to figure out to do so in inclement weather! Over the last few weeks, the “winterizing” efforts have started to come together. The plan is to keep the cold and rain out and community events going through winter and we are getting there, thanks to a few generous donations and keeping our eyes focused  on Craigslist!

The  “winterizing” efforts are coming along nicely, if I do say so myself.

Poles go up on a blustery, cold night


“Plastic” covering & heaters – bring on the cold!

Hot music on a cold night

If you haven’t done so, check out our upcoming events that are published weekly online. And if you have a hard time remembering to check the calendar, sign up for the weekly “newsletter.”

Seasonal treats

Along with growing community, our farm stand has expanded into a mini co-op featuring local farms and food.   The farm stand is open every day, expect Saturday.   New offerings this week: yummy seasonal honey,  organic, raw (unpasteurized) almonds, dates and much more!

Drop by and support our mini market and stock up on these seasonal treats.



  1. Nicole says:

    This is inspiring!!

    Thank you,

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, Here in Nebraska the fall weather has put all but the hardiest of plant down for the winter. Every night is in the 20s now with daily highs in the 50s. Any time now the weather can turn cold with snow. I’m done with the great mulching caper. I have foraged the neighborhood for grass/leaf mixture yard waste bags for mulching Terra Nova Gardens. The final count for bags was 694. I figure that each bag weighed in from 50 pounds to 10 pounds with an average of about 25 pounds. That’s over 8.5 tons of mulch. Four weeks of hauling with my little Ranger truck has covered the entire garden area with about foot of mulch. Ruth Stout would be proud of me. :0)

    I don’t know how you guys keep up with all your activities. Growing a intensive garden, running a daily vegetable stand, giving seminars, and now weekly porch music and food nights. I get tired just reading about it. It must be great to still be young.

    Have a great fall day in California.

  3. Gigi says:

    We have winterized for the months ahead. The weather is a bit nippy with heavy frost in the morning. Daytime temperatures vary. The chickens are wrapped up (wind break of open coops), The barn was repaired this summer ready for lambing season, and the rabbits are happy. We must move the wood, and deal with frozen water and snow if we have any.

    I have been knitting warm outdoor work hats, as well as scarves, mittens and gloves as needed for us, adult children, their spouses and grandchildren.

    Once the knitting projects are completed, I will be moving to the sewing projects! Hubby does a lot of repair and *making* projects year round, but more in the winter.

    God is Good!

    Keep warm!

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