Posts by Clare

Nature’s Wrath: From Drought to Deluge

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Farm Blog | 12 comments

Nature’s Wrath: From Drought to Deluge

Having just officially entered our fourth year of drought, a recent series of Pacific storms have had many Californians jumping for joy, myself included. In our last post the farm was in the midst of one such storm. Once the rain ceased, we were already preparing for the next storm. This next storm, however, was predicted to be MUCH stronger than the last. Earlier this week the National Weather Service was predicting that this area of the Santa Cruz Mountains could receive a daunting 7.5 inches of rain with the next storm, which was also predicted to bring steady 30-40 mile per hour winds,...

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An Absence of Deer

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Farm Blog, Flora and Fauna, Native Wildlife | 11 comments

An Absence of Deer

I’ve written a number of posts over the years of about our frustrations with trying to grow fruit trees, and vegetables, under tremendous deer pressure. I never expected to write a post about a paucity of deer on the farm. Usually we’re posting about deer that have raided the orchard, repeatedly,  and the kitchen garden. But this year, something has changed. The honest truth is, despite the occasional frustration at nibbled fruit trees, and devoured cucumbers, I love looking outside the window in spring, and seeing young fawns playing, and deer grazing on the grass, just outside...

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Pecan Pumpkin Bread

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 10 comments

Pecan Pumpkin Bread

I admit I’m a little disappointed that the days are getting noticeably shorter. I spend more time doing farm chores in the dark now, than in daylight. However, it’s all worth it once the classic aromas of fall begin to permeate every corner of the kitchen. The scent of pumpkin and spice has been filling the kitchen all week, but sadly, up until now, the end product wasn’t even remotely edible. This is because I was crafting multiple batches of Spiced Pumpkin soap in preparation for the upcoming holiday rush. However, the side effect of the soap-making is that I was left...

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Lotus & Minnie: Missing Mineral

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 10 comments

Lotus & Minnie: Missing Mineral

An essential part of any nutrition plan for goats is access to free-choice supplemental minerals, to aid in the prevention of various nutrient deficiencies. It is especially important to source mineral mixes that are formulated specifically for goats, as they have higher requirements for some nutrients, including copper, compared with other species. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago we began to have significant difficulty in obtaining the brand of supplemental loose minerals we offer to our herd. This was of particular concern as this year hay quality has been less than optimal as a result...

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California Giant Salamander

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Farm Blog, Flora and Fauna, Native Wildlife | 16 comments

California Giant Salamander

This morning was perhaps as near to perfect ‘salamander weather’ as one could hope to find mid-summer here along the coast. The coastal marine layer was so thick early this morning, there was actually some measurable precipitation. Not really enough to call it rain, per se, but the 0.03″ that misted across our woodlands this morning was enough to make everything outside damp, and give the air a fresher, more clean, aroma than it’s had in weeks. As my neighbor was attempting to leave for work early this morning in the drizzle, he stopped and called our attention to...

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