|Morning skies - 9/8/2020|
|Looking into our front yard. The day never got brighter than twilight. 9/8/2020|
|Sharing Gardens - Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020|
|Box-fan/air filter with wet towel. Really works! Here's a LINK - with info on how to make your own fan-air filter and other disaster preparedness tips.|
|Day two of the smoky deluge. Skies are a tiny bit clearer/ 9/9/2020|
|Air quality on Sat. Sept 12. No longer orange but still very hazardous! There are apartments less than 100 yards across the street, out this window that were completely invisible to us that day.|
|One of our wildlife gardens (food and flowers for birds and pollinators) - Sat. 9/12/20. usually we can see the neighboring school's athletic field out this window...|
For many of us farmers, these fires couldn't have come at a worse time. Most everyone who grows vegetables in our valley was just heading into peak harvest time. The air-quality made it dangerous to be outside for very long to do necessary harvesting and all the Farmer's Markets got closed both on Wednesday and Saturday which meant there was nowhere for the harvests to go even if farmers could get food out of the fields!
|A sample of our harvest the previous week - before the fires came. Many vegetable farmers in the valley were just heading into peak-harvest time, ourselves included!|
|The gardens in peak production - picture taken late August 2020.|
|Chris rinsing ash off the Ark greenhouse - Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020|
|Chris rinsing ash off the Sunship greenhouse. Air-quality was still very bad.|
|That's Cindy - on the right (with husband, Jim - Sept. 2014) who helped harvest and find homes for our produce this past week.|
|A sample of the harvest we sent to those in need during this past week of fires.|
Meanwhile, being forced to stay indoors, Chris and I moved forward on food-preservation projects, which is always a big part of any September's activities. Our friend/volunteer Becky came over and helped us shell walnuts from last year (to store in the freezer) and brought some prune-plums to share - which we cut up to dehydrate. We also made raisins from our own grape vines.
|Grapes we harvested to turn into raisins. Don't they look like jewels?|
|It's hard to believe how much cleaner the air was just a few months ago. This view is taken of the gardens just as you come in the front gate. July 17, 2020|
|The Ark - greenhouse - July 17, 2020. Full of ripening tomatoes!|
LINK to their site.
|Our much-used birdbath.|
|Wildlife needs extra help, now too.|
|...especially those who aren't in a position to help themselves. Llyn with baby bunny who got scared out of his nest and couldn't find his way back home - Spring 2020.|