Some highlights from the week:
We ended up observing Earth Hour after all. Since Saturday was the first good planting day and the weather was going to take a turn for the worse, Bill spent all afternoon getting what he could into the ground. This included getting more asparagus planted. For Earth Hour, we took a long walk around the farm. The moon was almost full and the sky was clear so we were able to see our way without the help of flashlights. We arrived back at the house just before the hour was over so I got together everything to make some hot herbal tea once I was able to use power again.
Just as we knew it would, the weather on Sunday turned bad with rain, sleet, and freezing rain. During the night, we got the first snow of the season - spring that is. This is what we woke to:
It melted by the afternoon but it was good that Bill got the asparagus, some spinach, and onions in the ground on Saturday.
On Wednesday we attended a Chamber of Commerce event where the Virginia Secretary of Agriculture was the main speaker. The topic was a study that was done to determine how much agriculture contributes to our local economy. Seems like it contributes quite a bit. The study even said that the Wine Spectator named our region as one of the top 10 global wine destinations. So I wondered if that would continue to be true if we had a uranium mine and milling operation nearby.
Friday we attended a meeting of the local meat goat association. We did learn from one member why we sometimes have kids that don't make it. Seems its a copper deficiency in the mothers. We're certain we lost one of our kids this week as a result of this deficiency.
Due to the cold, wet weather, we're delaying our CSA deliveries this season (and extending the season on the fall end) because we don't have anything to give our members.
On a personal note, I've just been offered and accepted a new position at Danita's Children. I'll be working part time as a grant writer and I'm excited about all the possibilities that come with the position.
Have a great weekend!