June 2000 News from
June is a very busy month here at Lone
We're working long days in the garden, digging, planting, and
Keeping everything watered has been a challenge in the recent 100
heat wave. The heat has been hard on plants, people, and
an abrupt change from frost and rain in early June!
The garden is looking especially gorgeous
thanks to all the help from our WWOOFers. Willing Workers On Organic
is a wonderful organization, maintaining a list of host farms around
world which provide room and board, and an educational farm experience
in exchange for help with the farm work. We are really enjoying the
to meet new people and share with them this beautiful corner of the
that we call home, and pass on information about organic farming
Thank you to all who've visited the farm
helped us so far this season; Lydia, Tamara, Janneke, Austin, Emily,
especially Kate, who spent almost 3 months working here!
All the additional help this year has
possible for us to sell at more Farmer's Markets than we've ever done
You can find us and our produce at the Mendocino Market on Fridays,
P.M., Boonville on Saturdays, 9:45A.M.-Noon, and Gualala on most
3-5P.M. Currently we're harvesting potatoes, peas, carrots,
chinese cabbage, lettuce, radishes, kale, and raspberries.
Our handmade herbal soaps and salves
be very popular at the Farmer's Markets. You can also order them from
by mail--call or email for current prices and availability.
In our few spare moments we're squeezing in
time with the horses. Three of our pony mares, Ladybug, Morag, and
have been bred to Quartz. Quartz is progressing well with driving
and we continue to be amazed by his wonderful disposition. He is the
sweetest horse we've ever owned--not exactly typical for a 4 year old
We are starting 3 year old Ceilidh in harness as well, and we think
make a super driving pony.
July/August/September 2000 News from the Farm
July found us frantically busy with Farmer's Markets and
with a dwindling water supply. The unusual heat in June and early July
left us with a smaller than normal water flow from the spring, but with
careful planning we were able to keep everything we had planted
watered until harvest. However, not knowing what the water situation
be like by fall, we decided not to risk planting additional market
for later harvest.
||So early August was the end of our Farmer's Market
season for this
year. We are still selling our herbal soaps and salves by mail order
will have U-pick walnuts available in late October. We're not too
by the water induced reprieve from the market garden, as three markets
per week was more than we had attempted in past years, and the schedule
was hectic to say the least.
Now that we've finally had some time available, August and
have been devoted primarily to horse training.
She has accepted this calmly and cheerfully, and since she already
steering, whoa, and backing up from ground driving, she is very
to cues from a rider. However, because she is not a large pony, and not
fully mature, carrying a rider is physically an effort for her at this
stage. Therefore we're limiting her ridden work to very short sessions
of gentle walking and occaisional trotting. Cantering with a rider will
have to wait until she's a bit stronger.
|Ceilidh is making good progress; ground driving nicely
a tire around in the arena. She should soon be ready to start working
the cart. She has filled out quite a bit in the past two months and I
now started working with her under saddle.
Skye has had a lot of ground work time in the last two
||She now is started under saddle and making phenomenal
were already aware of Skye's exceptional intelligence, and that she
like being bored. She has been needing a job to keep her
and interested. Now that we are riding her she just can't wait for her
daily lesson and tries her heart out. In spite of being green she
is a joy to ride. Her gaits are smooth and balanced and she is
Quartz has been enjoying the easy life out in the pasture
been focusing on training Skye and Ceilidh. Ladybug, our
cross mare is looking quite pregnant now. Her foal will be the first
due next spring, in early March. It seems like such a long time to