Thursday, April 30, 2020

Establishing An Orchard

from 2019 
It was an April day in 2012 that a fine group of helpers converged on Crandall Hill to assist in planting what we've come to call our new orchard.

all the way from Arizona to lend a hand

That fellow you see above is my brother Chris who was recently wondering about the orchard he helped establish on that spring day in Potter County. He's going to have to wait a couple more weeks for an updated picture for I want him to fully appreciate the beauty of the orchard in bloom.

Here are a few photos of the blooms from 2019 to whet his appetite.

And in case you want to refresh your memory, there are links to the orchard planting posts here and here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Farming In Pandemic Times

It's recommended one wears a face mask when working with potting mixtures and I have had a box of masks stashed away in the greenhouse for that purpose. These days, those masks have taken on a whole new meaning as we all do our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
A vast majority of Americans who have been exposed to the virus don't know it. People and organizations can fight the spread of coronavirus by taking steps to prevent transmission of the disease. Remember that the whole point of widespread cancellation of events is to create social distancing that can lower the infection rate and prevent health care systems from being overwhelmed.
Your mask is one more tool to protect others from the potential transmission of the virus you may be carrying with our even knowing it.