If you have been reading my blog, you are aware how challenging farming can be. Weather, drought, labor shortages, are a few of the difficulties we face as farmers. When you add health issues to that, life can be almost overwhelming at times. I (Nori) have been experiencing several physical ailments during the summer which have made it hard to keep up with blogging. I tried to post a few photos, but was not able to write anything since May. I am feeling some better now and hope to get back to writing more often.
Believe it or not, our harvest season is now officially over. It started early this year on May 1st which made it seem like we were playing catch-up all season. The drought made it necessary for Mike to irrigate more days because the flow from the pumps was low, so it took longer. It also made it necessary for him to get up every three hours during the night to check the water so as not to waste any. Kind of like nursing a baby, I told him. This made for a seemingly much longer summer.
Just as the season was ending, our precious dog, Penney, came down with Valley Fever. Mike and Penney are very close, so this is really tough on him. She is also doing some better, but needs medication 2Xs a day for up to a year to recover. Didn’t know dogs could get Valley Fever. She is 10 years old and this has slowed her down quite a bit.
We have about 20 acres of fallow ground that we had planned to plant with more fruit trees this year. That had to be put on hold due to the drought. Young trees require more water to get a good start. We found that berries need a lot of water as well. They also don’t do well in 100 plus degree weather. Despite all of that, we had a good harvest season and will be back at it again next year. We are hoping for lots of rain this fall and lots of snow on the mountains this winter to end the drought. Otherwise, we’ll start next year by putting in a new well.