a little taste of everything…

Hi there!

Thanks for checking in and I hope all is well. I added some new links at the top of the webpage – those are all different food blogs that have recipes and unique cooking ideas on them, we frequent them often and we thought it’d be nice to spread them to others that may be interested. The farm is great, there’s finally a hint of the seasons changing, but we still wear shorts on most days 🙂 Walnut harvesting has begun and on a small scale sustainable farm that means walking around and picking up thousands of nuts, not shaking the trees with machines and “sweeping” up the nuts after they fall. While we can hear other orchards using the machines nearby, we peacefully walk around for a couple hours each day and pick up the nuts, no machine noise, gas fumes, or harm to the trees.

Jake’s been busy pickling the seasons last cucumbers and canning tomatoes into sauces. I’ve made huge jars of roasted red peppers with 70 lbs of red peppers that became unmarketable in the hail storm. One of our newest crops that we’re bringing to market are our winter squashes. We have tons of varieties and they all have such unique characteristics. One of the dogs on the farm caught a wandering chicken and ate it as Jake and I tried to stop her. Yesterday we caught her in time to save a different chicken, but it got pretty beat up.

I think that’s a brief update on what’s going on around here. O, also Jake and the other intern Evan are seriously looking into buying heirloom meat rabbits to breed and eat as a source of meat. I’ve said no thanks to that project, because I couldn’t get myself to kill a rabbit and I joked that I’d probably only be able to kill insects…so now they’re going to cook up a plate of insects for me in the near future – ah! Jake has also gotten very creative and started making chili rista’s with our spicy peppers.

After five months, I’ve finished my Fulbright application – WOOHOO!! Here’s a link [ http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html ] to learn more about the award program, it’s through the State Department and is a really great program for promoting cross-cultural exchange, research, and study. My goal is to win the award and start graduate school for a masters of science in agroecology [sustainable agriculture] at the University of Life Sciences in As, Norway next August. Here’s some info on that unique grad program: http://www.umb.no/study-options/article/master-of-science-in-agroecology . My applications are all turned in, now it’s just a waiting game until Jan-Marchish 🙂

We’re off for a mini vacation to Yosemite tomorrow. Here’s a random assortment of pictures [I did a new setting this time, so it goes through a slide show] from the last few weeks, check out the awesome winter squash!!!

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peace & pumpkins!

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