and the rains came...

We've been asking for rain, so we can hardly complain, but the reality of our Navarro River in all its glory is an awesome experience. October's eight inches was followed by a nice collection of storms, but the big one didn't come until the second week of January. We had 10 inches in 8 days and the river came up and over its banks twice during that time. We live on the river and have learned a lot about it in our over 30 years here on the farm but this time we suffered some real damage. We had lost a beautiful stand of alders a few years back at the mouth of the creek. That started a chain reaction and we are now looking at a naked 12'  high bank of silt over a 50 foot long vulnerable stretch of the river. Our main well is centered right at the edge and hangs unsupported. We have many resources and are gathering information about our options. Nothing can be done until summer, except to patch together the power to the well.  So goes the life of a farmer...

Winter is a great time to reflect and plan for the future and we are doing just that. We don't plan on any really big changes, but are paying attention to the trends we see and trying to figure out how to work with them. Balance is what we are after and every year brings us closer to our goal.

We have opened our calendar for the season, so check out the Overview if you are interested in joining us for a Stay and Cook experience. The calendar will continue to evolve, so if you don't find a date that works for you, contact us and we will see if we can work something out. We have set aside some weekends that would be a good fit for Gatherings. They are noted on the Overview.   

December and January are lovely times to visit and hibernate in our cozy cabins. We are far enough north here to experience something like a real winter with some warm and glorious days thrown in, just to remind us how wonderful our sun can feel.

Wishing you a wonderful winter from all of us here at the farm.


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