Short and sweet because, hey, we are busy around here during summer time! For us summer started with a wonderful cob oven workshop. It’s great to have the oven and to have the cob bench that’s attached to it. All of us on the land here appreciate everyones’ hard work during the workshop, and the oven has seen much use since then! [Read more…]
Spring is in full bloom early this year! After record cold winter temperatures we are witnessing the flip side to what many believe is climate change. Climate change or not, the weather has been beautiful. Fruit trees are blooming and if we don’t get a cold snap we’re going to have an abundance of fruit this year. [Read more…]
Winter 2013/14 has been quite a challenge with record low freezing temperatures and record drought. Most of our pipes froze with the December freeze and luckily we didn’t have any breaks!
The drought has immersed California in a scramble to make ends meet with record-low rainfall, low snowpacks in the mountains, and entire municipal water supplies running close to dry in many towns, Willits to name but one! Laytonville is lucky in that we’re in the Long Valley, which has a huge aquifer supplying the town’s water supply and many wells. [Read more…]
Summer flew by at the Laytonville Ecovillage and there was little time for website updates and social media! Work-traders made substantial improvements to the land, particularly in the garden and solar shower. All but one of our baby chicks matured into healthy laying hens and we’re gathering 8–12 eggs a day. New tenants have moved onto the land and we are now six adults and four children. Our newest member, “kitty,” is a stray that has adopted the Laytonville Ecovillage as her new home.
September saw an early rain and while Fall has been dry there are mushrooms popping up everywhere. The roundpole workshop allowed us to finish the structure protecting the cob oven and bench (see pics).