Dear CSA Shareholders
 
What a week for the farm! We are getting use to the intense heat of the day – as we are hydrating oursevles, as well as the other animals and the plants and moisteriizing the soil with the help of the deep aquifer below which helps to mollify the micro-drought on Amador Hill. It is a fun challenge to manage all the systems on our farm—soil health, crop vitality, orchard care, animal stewardship, field rotations, crop planning, beekeeping (happily now handled by our Amador Hill Bee Club mentor and WEI faculty mentor, Mike Mackiewicz), fish care and compost building. These systems require daily record-keeping, check lists, as well as good ways of caring for the humans working the farm and the needs of the soul in all these interacting systems. We do all of this with big-heart farmer feelings while practicing strict loyalty to the principles of organic farming and to the techniques and strategies allowed by the USDA standards of organic farming. So, for example, this week included hanging the red balls on the apple trees to attract the pregnant apple maggot fly into a sticky red ball where she succumbs to a quick end. Such a slow gooey afternoon replaces the petrochemical warfare on more commercial orchards. For us the time together was memorable. The balls are working and our interns – Ari and Kory -- take some time to pose for photo fun.
     
Blessings,
Jacquelyn
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