Farming, Friends, and Fire

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Happy July ya’ll! Never a dull day in La Veta. Last week lightning sparked a fire up by the East Peak, which would soon spread to over 13,000 acres and bring close to 800 fire-fighters and National Guardsmen to our small town. We are happy to say that the fire is now contained, and our friends up in the Wahatoya Valley are no longer under threat. I think I speak for everyone when I say that seeing Mother Nature’s unbiased and merciless destruction firsthand was a very humbling experience. As for us, the show must go on because…well…people gotta eat.

These past two weeks have been crunch time as far as getting all of our plants into the ground, so the interns have been very busy planting endless tomatoes, peppers, corn, and squash. We are also preparing the house for the arrival of our new roommates- 15 baby chicks. New at our weekly farmer’s market will be a prepared foods stand offering freshly packed salads to-go, as well as local chicken sausages grilled on site with homemade condiments. We will also have a similar stand at Art in the Park this weekend in town.

As if we needed another challenge, the recent events have left the surrounding area very water-stressed. Therefore, a water restriction has been imposed in town which  prohibits all outside watering. This poses a bit of a problem for our program. We are currently in the process of devising our plan from here on out, as well as implementing several water saving strategies around the house. Other then that, we do our daily rain dances and hope for the best.

A special thanks to the fire-fighters who came from all over the country to help protect this community. We are truly grateful of your service!

Image of the East Peak Fire. The town of La Veta is in the foreground.

Image of the East Peak Fire. The town of La Veta is in the foreground.

One of our plots at Caroline's house in the Wahatoya Valley. Potatoes in the bed. Peas,  carrots, chard, and greens in the hoops.

One of our plots at Caroline’s house in the Wahatoya Valley. Potatoes in the bed. Peas, carrots, chard, and greens in the hoops.¬†

The legend himself on a dyke wall near the East Peak.

The legend himself on a dyke wall near the East Peak.

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