October 2020 News from the Farm

Greetings to our dear community, what a wild world we are all living in now! We are thinking of you all, and wondering how each of you is holding up in these times. Seems wherever we are, things keep shifting and stretching us to evolve and adjust to new normals. Taking care of ourselves has become a… Read more »

Fire, Lake, Facebook

I’m afraid to lift the lid of my computer. Closed, it keeps its news to itself. Opened, hand-sized vine maple leaves might float down with charred edges, no wind, just twirling slowly out of a smoky sky onto my desk, four hundred miles away, a different fire now threatening forests closer to here. After a… Read more »

Honey Bees

One of the things people know Camp Joy for is the honey. I’ve been keeping honey bees for many years and this one so far is extraordinary – largely because of the extraordinary weather we just had this winter/spring/summer. The bees made it to the fall of 1997 in decent strength, but fall rains came… Read more »

Dogs (and Cats)

As a boy I had a springer spaniel- cocker spaniel mutt from the pound. I called him Freckles. We hiked everywhere together near Mill Valley where I lived. We rarely took the road to town. We would either follow the creek where the blackberries and wild plums grew, crossing over several times, or the trail… Read more »

The Year in Reverie

The Wreath Sale and Harvest Open House is a week away. A cycle on our small farm is nearly over – in many ways it is a completion and a closure for us. It’s helpful to consider the experiences and insights of a year’s turning – look back and forward from this present moment, a… Read more »

Apprenticeship Training Program

Alan Chadwick came to University of CA at Santa Cruz to grow his garden in 1967, the same year Martin Luther King gave his Beyond Vietnam speech at Riverside Church in NYC. The great value of working with Alan was learning a craft: the actual experience, day by day, of working with plants; propagating them, tending… Read more »

Yellow Star Thistle

Is there something good about yellow star thistle? Ask a beekeeper and the answer will be yes! I’ve driven around “star thistle country”, looking and sniffing the air for lush concentrations of the plant, my excitement growing proportionately with the height of the plant – 3 or 4’ high and I’ll stop and talk to… Read more »