I stumbled across this book many years ago. It got me so excited, I ran out and bought ten more copies and gave them all away. Then I bought a few more a few years later and gave them away again.
Read this inspirational book of community and regeneration.
Gene Logsdon, Wendell Berry, Barbara Kingsolver, and of course Polyface Farm owner, Joel Salatin are all writing about what’s wrong with our agriculture and food systems, and how to build small farms. That large systems, especially in a biologically complex situation, don’t work as well as small systems. Oh, maybe they initially produce more, let’s exploit the soil resources. But then, the worn out, washed away, soil is pumped full of chemicals to continue to produce. The small farmer who cares that his soil continues to produce, applies compost, organic matter to replenish what was taken out. Ending up with hopefully a better soil in a few years. Also usually a more productive smaller acreage .
I can’t make an apple pie without thinking of my brother. He decided one year to master an apple pie. This was also the year he stayed home to try to win Dialing for Dollars . Some of you will remember this show that called random phone numbers and if you were there you could win money ! This was also the year we would sing Janis Joplins, ” Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all drive Porsche’s I must make amends. Worked hard all my life Lord, no help from my friends. Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.”
Anyway Dan had an idea of how a perfect apple pie should be. The apples should be a large part of it. So he stacked Apple slices so high the crust could barely contain them. They would cook down to a thick wedge of well cooked lightly sugared delicious Gravenstein Apples.
I’m pretty sure we also tried different thickeners, or no thickeners. We definitely loved flour for the best pie making sauce. I don’t remember if he struggled with the crust…but it was good too. I loved my job as taste tester.
Today my pies made with our Pink Pearl and Fuji apples we grew here. The Pink Pearls added a wonderful pink color to the pie as well as a tartness. Baked in our brick oven, the pies are delicious. Harvest is here and reaping this bounty is a blessing.
Roseman Creek Ranch is delivering flower bouquets . This is today’s ! A special vase someone gave me, for a special lady.
I’ve started flower businesses three times. People who know me from way back remember me in 1993 with my camper shelled truck, both sides would open with flowers inside. I sold my locally grown flowers and picked other local flowers and wild items to sell. I knew I could no afford to sell anything out of our garden until I had my own water source, local water companies are too expensive for gardens. Also here it had to be a garden without redwood roots, invasive roots that fill the soil and suck out all the water and nutrients. We bought this property because it was flat enough to farm and was a marine terrace of dead and dying pines without too many redwoods.
I have been planting and propagating ( cheap) plants to grow for flowers for the last 23 years. I keep moving mature shrubs when I move.
I’m now officially trying to be a Farmer Florist again. I’m so passionate about flowers and the shrubs and trees have finally gotten big enough.
I love old roses and unique foliage combinations. I will deliver bouquets locally. Or sell buckets or arrangements for events.
When I was twenty I visited a garden and saw an older woman up in a large tree pruning. I vowed at that point to climb trees in my forties. Now that I’m mid- fifties, climbing bigger trees doesn’t feel so comfortable any more. I can’t believe I’m admitting this. Today pruning this twenty foot fig tree I’ve pruned for the last five years, getting up in the higher branches just didn’t seem like a good idea. I did most of it anyway.
I think it’s the first time in my thirty five years of gardening that I wondered why I never considered a desk job… That’s saying a lot isn’t it ? Maybe I just need to learn how to give over some tasks… But I can tell you gardeners, if you love it as an occupation now, you’ll love it even more as the years go on. Gardening has so much diversity and constant learning experiences . If you want to be challenged, it will do it.
Naturally leavened sourdough bread-organic and garden ingredients. Delivered to Gualala businesses and Flowers by Natasha 1-2, Or Point Arena Schools and businesses 2:30- 4:30 Let me know where you want to pick it up when you order.
Country Sourdough w/ rye $6 $10
Whole Wheat millet $6 $ 10
Green Garlic Ciabatta $6
Order by responding here- I will get it.
Bread this Thursday
Whole Wheat sourdough $6 , $10
Country Sourdough $6, $10
Chocolate bread-will only be made to order $7
Delivered to Flowers by Natasha in Gualala, after 1 or other Gualala Businesses, Point Arena schools -about 2-3 or businesses. Please let me know where you want to pick up your order.