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Weekend Warriors

Sunshine on her way to the garden

Sunshine on her way to the garden

Last weekend was Patrick and my first time at the farm in a few years. It rained almost the whole weekend, so we were not able to get much done outside, but we did do some fantastic planning for the garden.  Sunshine and I decided what vegetables, flowers and herbs we are going to plant and came up with a great layout for the beds. Now, this will all probably change as we start laying seed to soil, but its a great launching point.

The dogs were in ecstasy all weekend running all over the place and getting wet and muddy and loving every minute of  it. We are so grateful for the rain and looking forward to some sunny spring weather to start planting. This week I will be setting up a temporary grow room here in Asheville to start sprouting some of the vegetables that we will transplant mid-april into the garden. Sunshine has already started sprouting several varieties of seeds and will add to the collection. 

I have to say, of all of us, Paul was my hero this weekend. He decided to take revenge on the poison ivy that attacked Sunshine last weekend (she’s healing now, thankfully). Paul pulled out the chainsaw and took out several vines over 3-4 inches in diameter. The poison ivy juice was flying and by the time he got into the house and into the shower, his arms and neck were starting to swell. After some poison ivy soap and cold water, the swelling disappeared and so far so good, no sign of a rash. So, if you ever think you’ve gotten into poison ivy, wash in cold water with poison ivy soap and wash all of your clothes right away. The oil can stay on clothing for several weeks.

Here are some photos we took over the weekend. Enjoy!

What beautiful art we make together

List of crops and our basic garden layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's our creative station for developing the garden plan

Brainstorming Session

Patrick whippin up a farm breakfast

Patrick whippin up a farm breakfast

Captain Paul - Destroyer of poison ivy

Captain Paul - Destroyer of poison ivy

Paul's Fort

Paul's Fort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy dogs, happy people

Happy dogs, happy people

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looks like we will have to be careful when working in the garden and land this summer.  Last weekend, unknown to Sunshine and Julie they uncovered enough poison ivy to send them home  itching for the rest of the week.  Long sleeves and gloves will be the fashion of the season. Sunny had planned on using the load of weeds pulled from the garden for mulch or possibly burn it in a bonfire. Guess we won’t be doing that. The good news, I hear, is that  the soil is looking really spectacular; full of worms and clumping perfectly when grasped and released.

Meanwhile in Asheville, I have been writing crazy lists about what we could do with the farm and Patrick and I are really looking forward to a great big brainstorming session when we get together over the weekend.

Besides a very large vegetable garden, here are some other ideas we have been tossing about:

Medicinal herb garden so we can produce our own line of medicinal herbs, log grown mushrooms, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, an outdoor kitchen, sauna, yurt, tent platforms, outdoor showers, bee boxes, sweat lodge and a mud room attached to the house.  I dream of hosting educational tours, workshops and retreats on the property. Yoga retreats, garden tours, sustainble living workshops, sweat lodges and intimate gatherings with close friends around a great big bon fire while swapping songs and drinking homeade mead and beer.

Let me state right now how exciting this project is to my family and how much we look forward to what will surely be a gloriously beautiful and crazy ride.

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Weeds are pulled, the ground is cleared, tractor is revived and the peaches are starting to pop.

Here We Go!

 
In the begining
 Hard at work clearing the weeds
 
 
Tractor Loved
 Tractor needs some lovin.
 
 groundcover
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discovery of medicinal herbs…nice
 
fertile-ground
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunset over the garden
 
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Baby peaches!
 

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Imaginal Cells

Although it feels like  the very, very begining of a wonderful and exciting adventure. This  journey has been going on for a very long time and will continue to grow and evolve for lifetimes to come.  How exciting to be a part of this wild and crazy life and how blessed we are to not only witness it, but to live it.

This virtual platform is where we will track the days. This is where we will fertilize the ground and plant blessed seeds. This is where we will capture the memories which will  hold a piece of each moment we create.  This is where we will document the birth of Rock Star Farms.

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The Imaginal Cell Story

The caterpillar’s new cells are called ‘imaginal cells.’
They are so totally different from the caterpillar cells
that his immune system thinks they are enemies… and gobbles them up.

But these new imaginal cells continue to appear. More and more of them!
Pretty soon, the caterpillar’s immune system
cannot destroy them fast enough.
More and more of the imaginal cells survive.
And then an amazing thing happens!

The little tiny lonely imaginal cells start to clump together
into friendly little groups.
They all resonate together at the same frequency,
passing information from one to another.
Then, after awhile, another amazing thing happens!

The clumps of imaginal cells start to cluster together!
A long string of clumping and clustering imaginal cells,
all resonating at the same frequency,
all passing information from one to another there inside the chrysalis.

Then at some point,
the entire long string of imaginal cells
suddenly realizes all together
that it is something different from the caterpillar.
Something new! Something wonderful!
…and in that realization
is the shout of the birth of the butterfly!

Since the butterfly now “knows” that it is a butterfly,
the little tiny imaginal cells
no longer have to do all those things individual cells must do.
Now they are part of a multi-celled organism—
A FAMILY who can share the work.

Each new butterfly cell can take on a different job—
There is something for everyone to do.
And everyone is important.
And each cell begins to do just that very thing it is most drawn to do.
And every other cell encourages it to do just that.

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