Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! Every day is Earth Day really! At least here on the farm it is. Are you doing anything special for Earth Day?

"Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human creatures."
-  US Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day (April 22nd, 1970)

John planting shrubs for wildlife and beauty
Yesterday John planted 50 tall shrubs on the farm--red osier dogwood, gray dogwood, black chokeberry and elderberry. All native, all beneficial to wildlife. A few were planted up along the driveway, as you can see in the picture, the majority were planted in our field--about a 150' strip on the outside of our native prairie field border. This hedge will serve to slow winds, attract beneficial insects and birds, serve as a buffer from our conventional neighbors, and it will be pretty! Can't wait to see it fill in over the season!

Red osier dogwood
It was quite pleasant to see something go in the ground this week! We're still waiting to get into the field to prep for planting. It's still a little too wet, with more moisture in the forecast. The rhubarb is starting to come up, and I bet the garlic won't be far behind that!

1 comment:

  1. Whiplash sure enjoys these postings!! Reminds me of the days on Grandpas Farm on a more personal scale!!