Saturday, December 1, 2012

Raining Walnuts

Tony and Peggy Barthel from Featherbed Railroad visit Dancing Treepeople Farm and Loretta gives them a tour.  Crazy.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bringing Walnuts to Market

Organic Walnuts, fresh from the farm.  In this video we load up Loretta's Toyota Corolla and head out to the co-op drop point.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Organic Certification 2012-2013

Organic Certification

This year it was EXPENSIVE, since the USDA program is no longer reimbursing organic farmers in California.  *sigh*.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Barn Owl

Many years ago, we hung Barn owl boxes around the orchard. My thought at the time was that barn owl habitat would bring barn owls and barn owls would prey on rodents, which are always abundant on a walnut orchard.

Well, for a variety of reasons, the boxes were not attractive to barn owls. In time, the plywood deteriorated and the boxes fell from the trees. In the meantime, the walnut trees continued to age and now they provide what looks like plenty of owl habitat where old branches used to be. We hear the owls at night.

And, much to my surprise (though I realize the irony here) we DO have a barn owl...

living in the barn.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Farm stories on Amazon

Celebrating today. My book has reached #1 in the Permaculture Kindle category!
Check it out!