Friday, April 24, 2009

Farmer Kelly

Wow-can it be true that it has been nearly a month since my last post?! I apologize those who look forward to reading. I have been savoring some deeply me time and it has been sacredly delicious! Blizzard season suddenly shifted to dry warmth and the garden transformed from being buried in 2 feet of snow to fully defrosted ground in a week!! I was all about it! I have been playing in the Growing Dome, we got the plastic up on our big hoop house and then, the garden was available for playing as well...hog heaven!! I have been grazing on our sprouting greens and if my hands are filthy from digging in the soil, sometimes I just kneel down and eat like a deer...try it, it's fun, makes me laugh and is just a wonderfully different perspective! We are growing tons of greens (spicy mesclun mix, bok choy, chard, kales, spinach and wild harvesting lamb's quarters) as well as sprouting wheatgrass, sunflower sprouts, watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, corn, basil, radish, broccoli, ETC!

I have been allowing and honoring myself to move in a very natural rhythm lately. If I am digging intently in a bed of the garden and notice a gorgeous sun bow overhead, I give myself the time to lay on my back, stretch out my body and enjoy the beauty I am surrounded by. Seeing the geese fly north (rather than south for the winter) makes me downright giddy....winter can be a long stretch here in northern Montana and it gives me the gift of deep gratitude for sunny days and budding trees. Every year, spring is as fresh as my first and that is a beautiful gift! Two days ago I was riding my bike with a dear friend in Glacier Park in shorts and a tank top, savoring the sun on my skin and relishing the breathtaking beauty and cascading waterfalls. Yesterday, I stepped out of the 70 degree Growing Dome and it was SNOWING...hard! There is a saying here...If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes (it changes quickly!) Happy spring everyone!!

p.s. I have a new yummy snack I have been enjoying...Living Tree Community Tahini with cacao nibs and goji berries...their tahini is off the hook delicious!

Tahini, 16oz, (Living Tree Community)"> Cacao Nibs 16oz. (Peeled, Raw/Organic) Goji Berries 16oz (raw, organic)">

Watching Peace grow! Ma-in-Law planted these kale seeds and I couldn't figure out what was going on as they seemed to be sprouting randomly rather than in rows. That beautiful woman planted them in the shape of a Peace sign and now we get to watch Peace GROW everyday!

Isn't he a doll? That's my hubby installing our 1st vent. The vents open and close with no electricity. From what I understand, the pistons have beeswax in them. When the dome reaches a certain warm temperature, the wax softens and pushes the piston out to open the vent. Later, as it cools, the piston slowly closes. It has been working perfectly!