I have often said that if you don't do failure, don't be a farmer... your failures (and there are plenty of them) are on full display when a planting doesn't take, or a tree dies, or an irrigation pipe is run into and water shoots sky high... you get the idea? While working with nature is humbling it is also deeply rewarding. Eating from our fields, harvesting from our trees, making cheese from our diary cows all draws me closer to the intricacy of creation and to the appreciation of all we have to be grateful for.
Right now on the farm our almonds are in full bloom, albeit a bit early with the latest flush of Springtime weather yet there is frost and rain in the forecast. Its unclear what the impact may be on the almond crop if the frost is too hard. We have some volunteer lettuce we are enjoying in our salads with sunflower sprouts we grow in the greenhouse year round.
Flower and spring veggie seeds have been planted for starts and will be ready to put in the ground after the last frost.
Two of our ewes have had twins, so we are off to an early start in lambing with new life burgeoning. They are adorable. We needed to supplement one with a bottle and have enjoyed those sweet precious moments of holding a lamb.
Pruning is finished, new cherry and pecan trees planted, our outdoor kitchen with pizza oven in nearing the half way mark and on track for an April wedding celebration.