Sunday, April 17, 2011

Winter's finale

I am watching through the window as large lazy snowflakes fall outside. They seem to be floating confusedly towards the ground, looking around at the green grass and the daffodils, and agreeing with me-- what the heck are they doing there? The fifty-mile-an-hour wind gusts we had earlier today have a different personality-- something like "get out of my way!" I guess spring brings surprises.

Today we worked in the greenhouse all day, trying to find extra square feet to cram trays of plants in, that were destined to get planted out into the field last week. The roots of the poor little guys are starting to curl around their pots, seeking more of that promised nourishment. We gave the hungriest of them more space (larger-celled trays) and more soil, spending the day that we would otherwise have spent putting them in the ground.

But the ground, alas, is not ready for them still! I did get about an acre plowed last Tuesday, and now we just wait for it to dry again so we can till and plant. As soon as that window comes, I will need all hands on deck to help me plant. We transplant all by hand (it's more fun and social that way) so if anyone would like to help, give me a holler! Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, swiss chard, kale, onions, kohlrabi, and more...

In the meantime, check out this documentary film showing Wednesday night at the Victor Library:

Wednesday, April 20, 7 PM Victor Free Library, 15 West Main Street, Victor, 14564
(behind Canandaigua National Bank)

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."

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