Thursday, September 3, 2009

Visitors! Yay! Babies and friends on the farm!

My best friend from high school, Christy, came for a brief visit from Portland with her husband, Dan, and their 2 boys, Liam and Halen. It was so much fun having them here! I think everyone liked hanging out with the 2 kids and hearing Halen's jokes. We did a nice tour of the farm and cooked what we picked that night. We also did a short hike down a beautiful section of the American River where it was also perfect for swimming.

Thanks y'all for comin' and y'all come back now y'hear!!!

Here is one of Halen's jokes (he is 3 1/2) .
"Why did the chicken roll in the dirt, cross the road, and then cross the road again? Because, because, because, he was a dirty double crosser!!!"

The Orchards.

One of the duties of the interns is the watering of the orchards. We have these ancient old pipes that come in sections that we move around the farm several times a day to keep the trees watered. Before Bryan started farming on this land, the whole place had been orchards, all kinds of trees. Many of them died in the years the land was abandoned, but the ones that survived have graduated to being the big brothers to the baby trees that have been planted and will in some cases not start producing for many years to come. Like our little lime tree, it is fun to think about what the farm will look like 5 to 20 years from now when the little guys are big and happening, bearing fruit. Here is just a sample of some of the fruit trees that are happening now.

Where a tree grows

As a gift for Bryan and the farm and as a way for the 2009 interns to be remembered, we planted a cute little lime tree on the property. It will be fun to come back in a few years and see how it has grown. AND, to know that it will produce fruit for all our friends and the new workers in years to come!