Archive for June, 2009


Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The Veggielution groundbreaking event was perfect. The day was cooler but still sunny, we had an excellent turnout, and we got almost our entire field planted. This is what it looked like this morning. Beautiful in its way, especially if you’d been picking up rocks a month ago. First the horses arrived and started discing […]

Groundbreaking tomorrow!

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Just a reminder: I taped many little flags of duct tape on to long pieces of nylon twine today, to use for plant spacing guides tomorrow. Whole Foods Campbell is supplying an incredibly generous, yummy lunch. And the horses are coming to plow! What else could you ask for?

Grand Jury Report, now that I’ve finished reading it.

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

OK, this is going to be a long one, and a definite flashback to 2008. The Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury has a long history of negative reports about the SCVWD. While I was campaigning, I met with Sid Seidenstein to discuss the issues raised in the last report, which came out in 2006. […]


Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Here is a group shot of this week’s veggies. (Click through if you’re really into it.) Clockwise from left: Onions, round zucchini, grey zucchini, garlic, carrots, radicchio, collards, cilantro, kale, lettuce, cucumber . Not pictured: strawberries and eggs. The kale chips last week were a huge hit, although, if you’re going to use the same […]

Grand Jury Report

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The Santa Clara County Grand Jury has issued yet another scathing report on the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Santa Clara Valley Water District – Awash in Cash as County and Cities Drown in Red Ink. The report slams the District’s recently-build water quality laboratory and two proposed project in Alviso, the slough dredging and […]

Strawberry Jam

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

As I mentioned yesterday, I made another batch of strawberry jam on Monday. The house is, for the moment, free of fresh strawberries, although Thursday will be here before you know it. Making jam, especially using commercial pectin, is dead easy, and I wish that people didn’t find it so intimidating. No more than ordinary […]


Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

I had a brief scare earlier this week, thinking I’d have to miss today’s harvest, but I managed to make it work, since we were picking both the first plums of the year, as well as kumquats. All new houses for us this week. I did have to arrive late, so I missed most of […]

Egg Share

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Because I love them so much, I’m reposting this from TLC Ranch. —- Our trusty farm truck, a 1995 Ford F250 diesel with about 184k miles on it has taken too much abuse both on the farm and hauling heavy animal loads to the slaughterhouse. It has become a black hole for money, needing constant […]


Monday, June 15th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, while we were discussing our own farm dinner, Amie said, “Who pays money for these kind of events, anyway?” And I said, “I do!” Last night was one such do, called Couchon 555, not a farm dinner, but a celebration of pork. All of these events have to be for some sort of […]

Veggielution Workday

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I finally made it out to Veggielution today. There were a lot of people there, and everything is so lush now. I spent too long at the beginning digging with my hands to try to find the water valve at the bottom of a box filled with dirt and mysterious wires emerging from tubes and […]

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