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Comment by Randall Smith on September 29, 2018 at 7:26am

Thank you, Joan. Yes, it's a rather troubling situation we're all in. It's a relief to my kids to halt CSA deliveries. Hopefully, next year at this time, we'll have better news. I'm glad you're following the Silverthorn farm news.

Daniel, Wendell Berry lives and farms in Kentucky, so he's a midwesterner who understands the plight of the small farmer. His essays and quotes usually hit the nail on the head. Happy you looked him up. Colorful irises!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 29, 2018 at 6:18am

Attractive and interesting Iris' Daniel.  Reminds me of my mother's flower beds.  She loved irises.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2018 at 1:26am

Daniel, your iris take my breath away! Are these double bloomers? Walking through these lovely and stately flowers refreshes and inspires. The blues remain my favorite, even as the more flashy ones attract my attention. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2018 at 1:21am

Randy, I remember when you turned the land over to Emily and Nate with all the excitement of a new venture. They were filled with enthusiasm as their newsletters revealed an eagerness to get on with the tasks. Their sorrow was palpable in their most recent Silverthorn Farm news.

I can only imagine how you must feel!

It seems you are all able to work as a team, solve problems in sensible ways, and manage conflict so that it does not tear the fabric of your troupe. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 28, 2018 at 3:10pm

Beautiful Irises, Daniel.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2018 at 7:27am

Thanks for the condolences, Joan and Daniel.

I'm involved in the decision making (since it's my land), and it isn't easy. I'm a co-signer on loans and fear the worst. Our dreams have turned to nightmares. But, as the kids said in their newsletter, we're adjusting and refocusing, cutting back and streamlining. Getting through the winter will be difficult for them. It IS difficult to be optimistic.

I'm reading Wendell Berry at the moment. Ever hear of him? He's "the voice" for agrarian living. I'm tempted to write to him for words of encouragement. His essays are full of doom and gloom, however, for the small farmer. But, he's wise and thoughtful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2018 at 4:10pm

@Randall, I just read the news from Silverthorn Farm! Emily and Nate's sorrow clearly came through in their message. They will undoubtedly have many comments about what they "shoulda, coulda, woulda" done differently and I have nothing helpful to offer. 

Organic farming offers so many benefits that the general population does not realize. I watch the videos on CSA and organic growing a big part of each day. There is one fellow that seems to be making it in this difficult market. He farms in Canada and I like him because he deals with cold, windy weather, as do I, and he uses seeds that do well in that latitude.

Curtis Stone

How are you doing with this situation? 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 24, 2018 at 6:56am

Interesting about the garlic. Mine comes up as volunteers--what I miss in harvesting each year. They're small, so I'm considering starting new with sizable bulbs. Your information is helpful.

I was a science teacher for many years, so you know I'm a big fan, especially "earth sciences".

Comment by Patricia on September 23, 2018 at 1:14pm

Good news, Joan. Enjoy your day together.

Science has kept many of us here, Loam. Its marvelous!

Does Ning garden too?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 23, 2018 at 7:20am

Daniel, hope you got some good information regarding your cancer treatment. Coincidentally, my dentist took his wife to the same Center sometime this weekend. Never heard of the place until you and my hygienist daughter mentioned it.

Joan, congrats on your house being sold. Bitter sweet feeling, I'm guessing.


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