Open Farm Days are happening now and we have had so many wonderful visitors so far. For the most part the weather has been pretty good for the first two weeks we’ve been open, but starting tomorrow we are expecting a short cold spell to come through Canon City. Indeed all of Colorado and New Mexico will be affected with rain and snow.
So Mother Nature will be dressed as the snow queen on Saturday and that has caused Kris Isom, our permaculture teacher, and I to have a long discussion just now on the phone about whether or not it would be a safe travel for her to drive up from Belen, New Mexico where she lives, to teach the permaculture classes here on this Saturday. With 6-15 inches of snow expected along much of her driving route, we’ve decided it is best for her not to make the trip. This is the 2nd year in a row that she has tried to come up to teach for us at Open Farm Days, and this is the 2nd year in a row that a snow storm has squelched that plan. Sadly, we are canceling the permaculture workshops this Saturday at the farm.
However, for those of you that want to brave the snow and come out on Saturday to the farm, there will be two different Farm Stand plant walks happening, at 10am and 1pm, in place of the permaculture workshops. We will stroll the floor of the Farm Stand greenhouses and talk about individual plants, how to grow them and what their uses are, when and how to harvest them, what pollinators like them, etc. It’ll be fun.
Now, I know this is very disappointing, at least Chris and I are very disappointed, that Kris won’t make it up this weekend. However, it is never wise to risk safety and health driving in a snow storm for a 9 hour drive, so it’s best she stay home safe and cozy in the bad weather.
I also know many of you have been trying to attend Kris’ permaculture workshops for the past two years, so she and I have put together a plan…well, it is a plan in the making. She will come up this summer to the farm and do a stand-alone day of permaculture classes. She and I will be discussing what date will work best for both of us to do this during the summer months. Once we have the date settled, I’ll post that information on the blog “classes and events” page of this website, with the details. If you would like to have flyer sent to you with the permaculture workshop details, once we have the date set, please mail your name, address and phone number to me. I’ll put you on the list of people who are interested in attending this event. I’ll send you a workshop flyer that will tell you how to register. If you want to include your email address too, that would be great. Mail your information to Tammi Hartung, 1270 Field Ave. Canon City, CO 81212.
Below is Kris with a giant tree root on her farm in Belen, New Mexico.
On Earth Day the yellow-headed black birds arrived at the farm. They are a rawcas group, full of noise and fun, and we really enjoy them being here. They don’t nest on the farm, but they drop in regularly to visit and have a meal at the bird feeders.
Oh, on Sunday, the weather is going to be improving considerably and the sun is supposed to be back out again. I will be teaching two classes on Sunday. The first is at 1pm and will be about Native Medicinal Plants. The second class will be at 2:30pm on How to Deter Deer from Eating Your Garden Landscape. Come and join us for these free workshops if you can.
Other news is that all the tomatoes are in the Farm Stand store now, along with a selection of squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and peas.
There are still more varieties of squash, pumpkins, peas, cucumbers, greens, tomatillos, garden huckleberries, hollyhocks, siberian motherwort, and much more that will be big enough to bring out very soon, hopefully by the weekend of May 6th. With a bit of luck and good growing weather between now and then, we also hope to have some plants like calendula, milk thistle, burdock and others ready as well. Beans and sunflowers should be in this groups too. So, lots more plants coming to the Farm Stand store soon, but right now there are loads of things to choose from already!
Well, all for now. It’s time to sleep and be ready for a new day tomorrow.
With Green Thoughts, Tammi