Me? Things are looking up. 🙂
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet. Just as fall is about to begin, the summer crops are making their final bows (other than a few more which are still waiting in the wings), next week we should have a new lineup of crops. We are beginning our preparations for the coming fall and winter but there is plenty of work left to do right now.
Thoughts from a rainy day.
Something about the rain changes my outlook on the world. ItÂ’s as if it cools down my mind as well as the air and with each drop that hits upon my brow my thoughts get clearer. This morning was such a time. I woke before dawn like a child on christmas morning hoping for the ground to be blanketed by snow, but in this case it was a hope that I would hear the rainfall outside my bedroom window. Alas it was not so, and even though it was 4 am I looked to the weather maps to see if the rain had missed us once again. It has been that kind of a summer- when the rain clouds seem to skirt our ridge and head north or south but not to us. The ground has laid parched for weeks and the air has shimmered with its radiating heat.
This has stressed me out as much as I imagine it has the plants- most donÂ’t like it hot and dry. We have gotten by with our irrigation, but it has been a challenge. Years past we havenÂ’t even needed any additional water, but this year has been different, but every year is different.
That seems to be the new norm- that change is the only constant and that adaptability is the only reasonable course of action. This is a challenge in many ways- it requires a great deal of knowledge, creative thinking, acting on your toes, not to mention time and money to implement these changes. The great challenge is that it seems as soon as we implement one change in response to the fluctuating weather, the weather changes too. There is a half joking line of thought among farmers- that when you water it will rain. You leave the windows open it will do the same. Unfortunately the world doesnÂ’t work like this- or I would be a much happier fellow right now. Alas we are at the whims of nature and the best that we can do is adapt.
How do we adapt to an ever changing world?
In some professions it is easier than others, but in farming it can be a challenge. The temperatures, precipitation, and pests may change over night, but the sun and the earth pay them no heed as they carry on in the rhythmic procession through the seasons (which primarily dictate what can be planted and when). We do our best, but alas we are servants of the earth and must follow its rhythms before anything else.
This is in essence one of the great questions of this century- how do we grow more food in a more complex and challenging environment, when resources and margin of profit dwindle. As we see with the seemingly unceasing droughts of the west the answers are not simple. We adapt, we diversify, but in a broader sense these issues are not being addressed by our society.
Â—Â—IÂ’ll write more on this and the state of agriculture in our world next weekÂ—Â—Â—
Tomatoes- maybe last of the season. 🙁
Peppers- sweet and bell
Basil or Parsley (probably the last basil of the year)
Acorn Squash or Butternut Squash
Kale or Swiss Chard
Black Pepper- Imported by myself from India, it is Malabar peppercorns, which are considered some of the best in the world. (Cheat Lake folks will be getting eggs, since yaÂ’ll already got the peppercorns)