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Comment by Loam Gnome on October 1, 2018 at 5:11pm

Randy, are you starting to see color change in your persimmons yet?  Here are some of mine.  They are changing color, but still as hard as a rock.  Looking forward to some nice persimmons this year!

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 Loam Gnome on September 28, 2018 at 2:51pm

Randy, I have not read Wendell Berry, so I looked him up.  I enjoyed reading a few of his quotes, such as "Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” ― Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book and “Be joyful because it is humanly possible.” ― Wendell Berry .  These are on the site "Goodreads", along with a lot of others.  He seems to make a lot of statements, and from those it's possible to pick and choose the ones we feel comfortable with or inspired by. 

I've been looking at some old iris varieties, on Old House Gardens.  I grew some before.  When I was down with cancer treatment and work, I couldn't maintain my bearded irises.  Plus, I had coddled them with compost and nutrients, they were too lush, many rotted, and weeds took over.  I decided to try again.

Modern irises are more exuberant.  But these historic ones touch something in me.  These photos are from previous years.

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 Loam Gnome on September 24, 2018 at 8:31pm

I didn't see the news, but I'm sorry to hear about it Randy.  My condolences.

Here is sweet corn from the kitchen garden today, 9/24/18.  I think it's the latest crop I've ever had.  So, even though we start getting it much later than the midwest or south, we keep getting it for quite a while.  This is the sweet variety "Trinity", which is still my favorite!

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? 


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