Friday, April 30, 2010

Music in the Garden- May 2 & 16, 2-4 pm

Well, amazing things just keep happening to us!

Last week, singer/songwriter Tiana Gregg of Palouse (Green Frog Fame) asked if she and a friend could come play music in the garden. It took us all of 3 seconds to say yes. The very next day Scotty built a stage and arranged seating ( so very Scotty ) This Sunday, May 2 and Sunday, May 16 we will have music in the garden from 2-4 pm

I would encourage you to come and hear new tones floating above the gardens...

Thursday, April 29, 2010


These just arrived today and I am over the moon crazy for them.
There are 3 sizes- 19"-14"-11", each one a unique piece of art.
They are made by a collaborative between artists with and without developmental disabilities.

Here is what they say about their mission:

Purpose: To inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts.

Vision: To create and live out a best practice model for collaborative art making between artists with and without developmental disabilities. This new mind set demonstrates that creativity is innately a part of all people and recognizes that art enhances the quality of life and strengthens communities.

I love it! I love it! I love it!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Our Neighbors

In the country sense, Eric and Sheryl are our neighbors. While they may not actually live next door, they ARE close to our hearts. They are out to change our world for the better and every action they take is towards that gain. Click here to link their farm's web page. If you are looking for locally grown food this is the place to start. We have been eating their poultry for the last 2 years and yes, there IS a difference. Below is an excerpt from their web site.

The Zakarisons have been farming on the Palouse since 1935. In 2006 Eric and Sheryl decided that they wanted to grow crops and livestock in a more sustainable way. In 2009 our first 10 acres of organic farmland were certified.
Our small diversified farm is located in the heart of the Palouse in the Pullman - Moscow region. We raise grain such as conventional soft white wheat and we are beginning to transition some of our farm ground to organic production. In 2010 we will experiment with small plots to grow organic lentils, hulless barley and hard white spring wheat (good for bread). We are also experimenting with camelina to determine if we can produce a local oil source for the Palouse.
We also raise livestock. We have a farm flock of White Dorper sheep. We raise pastured poultry - broiler chickens, laying hens and turkeys. We have three wonderful draft mules - Jay, Rhodie, and Kate.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Earth Day...

I was just sent this very cool interactive web site by a friend. It is the work of a group called Radical Media. It's spectacular.
I was particularly moved by UNCHOPPING A TREE.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ladies in the Conservatory

I released 1500 ladybugs in the conservatory this week. I ran out of room in my growing greenhouse and had to bring the tomatoes and basil down to the conservatory. Because tomatoes are "aphid magnets " I thought it would be a good idea to release some red ladies. Adult ladybugs don't eat as many bad bugs as their larvae so I was thrilled to see lots of "romance" among the group.

I am growing our vegetable starts in a new pot this year. It's made out of wheat (how appropriate for the Palouse!) and although you can't plant them directly in the ground, they is compost-able in a home compost pile.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Chix in the Stix

The woman (Chix) who made Sweet on Spring so fabulous this year, are getting together again next Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 downtown Pullman for another showing of their wares.

I love the tag line: All handmade, all local, all chicks.