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. I’m particularly excited by the fig tree that survived the cold weather and it’s giving me the confidence to plant the other fig trees that usually come inside the barn for the winter. Fig trees run in my Mediterranean family history and while the climate in Laytonville isn’t the best for growing them, they can do well in the cold if they’re mature.
The well is doing well! The water level has hardly dropped and I’ll be monitoring it throughout the year to make sure we don’t get into the danger zone. Even though we got some good heavy rains in the last few weeks, we’re still in a drought and will need to use water wisely.
One of our work traders will be brining a small yurt onto the land, which is exciting because it will invite others to see the potential of the Laytonville Ecovillage. On April 26th I’ll be giving an in-depth introduction to the Laytonville Ecovillage for prospective buyers and hope that a working group of inspired ecovillage prospectives will emerge. (See details on home page.)