Grit and grace

Hello there. We want to say that we’re still here on Quiet Farm, and that it’s been a rather challenging start to the growing season. One hundred percent of our county is currently in “exceptional drought” – the scale doesn’t go any higher! In official government parlance that translates to “dust storms and topsoil removal are widespread; agricultural and recreational economic losses are large.” We’d agree with that assessment – and it’s only May.

We have not yet received our official irrigation allotment for the season, but are expecting less than half of what we had last year. Wildfire season (now really year-round rather than just a season) has already started in California, New Mexico and Arizona, and promises to be grim here again, too. Dust storms and relentless wind are a regular feature of our days, and it’s impossible to keep the cool-weather crops properly irrigated. We have not had any moisture at all since January.

To compound our troubles, our hundreds of plant seedlings in the sunroom have been infected by an unknown disease or other ailment, and as a result are tiny, stunted and definitely not thriving. They should be going outside in about three weeks, but at this point it’s unlikely that we’ll have any at all, and it’s too late now to start more warm-weather crops. Perhaps the universe is sending a clear message that this isn’t our year.

That said, what else can we do but keep going? This blog isn’t meant to be a place for complaints and whining. We have a comfortable house, plenty to eat and we’re healthy and safe. Many, many people have it far worse than we do, and we’re well aware of that. We will do what we can with what we have, and perhaps the growing season will stage a recovery of sorts. And if it’s a total write-off, then we’ll try again next year.

Tip your hat to a farmer the next time you meet one – this growing food thing is no joke. Thanks as always for reading, and we hope you and yours are safe, healthy and well.

3 thoughts on “Grit and grace

  1. Arg. So sorry this has been such a hard start to the season for you, Elizabeth. I wish we had extra starts for you. The drought situation over on the Western Slope is very concerning, for sure. In cruel contrast over here in Boulder County, we’ve had a crazy wet spring. We are super behind because we can’t get into the fields to prep the beds without destroying our soil. Hello climate change, our dear friend.

    I’m not sure if you heard but Michael and I spent our winter season keeping our new tiny human alive. Little Aiden is nearly five months and is doing great. He’s a red-head like his dad and when he’s not being a spit-up monster, he’s downright wonderful.

    I love reading your updates and really hope you and Nick catch a break on this farming thing this season.

    Many hugs Cayla


    • Cayla, what an absolute pleasure to hear from you. Yes, we’ve watched the Denver/Boulder weather with great envy! As you know well, farming is a tricky, changeable beast and all we can do is our very best in the moment. A million congratulations on your new little one, and all our love and hugs to you and Michael. Wishing you a wonderful season ahead.


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