Thursday, August 8, 2013

Early summer on the land

one of several red tail hawks who land on the farm when I;m flail mowing the pastures



the boldest solar halo we'd ever seen

bewick wren bringing back a spider for little chick

The first of four swarms

getting ready to swarm

oh pea weevil



white crowned sparrow chicks who think I'm bringing them food




Walnut vinegar





Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bologna

An Italian farm





old olives



makeshift works to organize sheep movements across the hills of Umbria



Sardinian sheep transplanted to Umbria, by Sardinian humans.



The nursery for newborn sheep of mothers who've perhaps lost the instinct.

A walk in an old town
















































The shepherd of Umbria





























Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

kiwi


Fuzzy Kiwis!
Not sure how old the vines are. We have a photo that looks like its from the 1980's showing them as full grown. This pair of vine-bushes produced 300 lbs this year. We don't usually prune it back 90% like we are supposed to but the fruit are large and plenty. Most of them will soon be sold then resold as kiwi sorbet at one of Seattle's ice-cream parlors.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter storage basket


Jen and Whitney put together this storage basket, loaded with preserved farm goods, for the school auction. It weighed in at 20 lbs and sold for $150.




Credit for these super cool labels goes to Whitney.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The chestnuts










Chestnut blight fungus, introduced in 1904, destroyed more than 4 billion American chestnut trees. These are probably hybrids of European (sweet) and American or East Asian.





Chestnuts are apparently good nectar and pollen producers for honey bees. Our PNW pollinator guides don't mention this but chestnut honey production seems to be alive and well elsewhere.











Double and triple layer drying system. We don't dry them for long,two to three days, then store them ventilated at a refrigerator temperature, which is in the mudroom these days.