Chris has been continuing his work on the farm buildings here. This week he put in a water line that gives us a water spicket in both Farm Stand buildings! Yahoo! This is like a luxury, as we’ve been running hoses from one greenhouse, outside, and connecting to the hose in a different greenhouse for years. It takes extra time, energy, and when it’s winter and cold outside, it is precarious to have doors cracked open to allow the hose to go outside to connect with another hose. Needless to say, I’m thrilled with improvement.
Yesterday, he began to frame in the sliding doors on the newest Farm Stand building. It was freezing cold yesterday and the wind blew all day long, but he kept working and made a lot of progress.
We are running short of space for plants, so we are eager to get this greenhouse finished. Last week Lizz and Beki planted penstemons, little bluestem grass, yellow eye grass and lots of other new varieties that we plan to have available in spring during our Open Farm Days plant sale.
An Earth Day Invitation
As you may know, Desert Canyon Farm is part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Colorado Birding Trail. What this means is that we welcome people to the Farm to do some bird and wildlife watching.
We have a tremendous community of wild birds that live and visit the Farm. So, for Earth Day this spring, which is April 22, 2017, Chris and I would like to extend a special invitation to you to come to the Farm and do some bird-watching. Earth Day will fall on our Open Farm Days, so there will be free workshops happening that day, along with the Farm Stand store to visit in case you want to shop for some plants, but even if these things are not of interest, this will be a wonderful day to come and commune with nature and some of the wildlife that we share this Farm with.
Here are some examples of some of the birds you might see while you are here…
Goldfinches and House Finches
Definitely, the Curved-Billed Thrashers
We have a huge diversity of wild birds here. On Earth Day you are welcome to wonder the Farm and enjoy them. What you may want to bring; birding or field glasses, a bird id book, maybe a nature journal or sketch pad, your camera. We have some places to sit and watch the wildlife on the farm, but if you want a mobile chair, bring a folding camp or lawn chair. Dress for the weather and a water bottle if it is hot or a thermos of hot tea or hot chocolate if it is cold, would be nice too.
We won’t be doing guided tours on this day, but we have a map of the farm and you can explore the outside areas to see what birds and other wildlife (cottontail rabbits, rock squirrels, tree squirrels, deer) you can enjoy watching. This is a free invitation and we encourage you to accept it between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm on April 22nd, Saturday.
You know, we are living in times right now that can be a little bewildering. We all work a lot it seems, so there are busy work lives, and of course, there are domestic chores and tasks that are ever-present. Our society encourages us to live in an electronic world at our fingertips each moment of the day and night, which has its advantages, but also some real disadvantages when it takes our attentions away from the natural world. We have political and governmental chaos in our country right now, which is not only baffling, but for many of us it is extremely frustrating and sad.
Amongst all these challenges and every day occurrences, we also have our sense of community and the natural world, where we can take respite in nature and in visiting with others who share our respect for each other and for all the aspects of nature that surrounds us. This is what Earth Day means. It was started all those years ago as a way to remind us to honor our community of nature and people, whether they are in our back yard, in our region of the country, or some other part of the country, and even in our great big beautiful World.
Please come on Earth Day for a Bird & Wildlife Watching Day. Absorb the sounds of birdsong, take in the gardens, and give yourself a bit of time to enjoy Nature. You can find directions to the Farm on the Open Farm Days page of this blog.
And, look at the dwarf iris that started blooming this week! Spring is upon us!!
Take a bit of time for yourself today. Make a cup of tea or coffee or whatever kind of nice beverage you enjoy. My current morning favorite is Vanilla Almond and Peppermint tea with a spot of cream.
Spending a little time with someone special or a good friend, or maybe just take a nice long quiet walk in Nature. Earth Day can be any day of the year if you choose to make it that way….remember it is about your sense of community and your sense of the natural world.
Have a wonderful day. Time for me to go to work…there are plants to be watered and transplanted, seeds to be organized and at the end of the day a walk with Chris and Shrek and then some time to sit at the woodstove with my husband and our four-legged family…Shrek, Sadie, Pal and Willow.
With Green Thoughts, Tammi