While we sweat away over our young tomatoes, the oaks stretch on, oblivious to my fussing with irrigation drips and shade cloth. They have been here long before we ever were and will be here long after we’re gone. Thanks to these ancient trees and the sheer abundance of acorns they provided, the native people of this area never had a reason to develop agriculture- the oaks provided. And how baffling to think that a tree that’s two hundred years old, branches casting long shadows on a ground of leaf litter, started with a single acorn. To trees growth is timeless. The acorn does not worry about how it could possibly ever grow into a giant tree. Doesn’t think about everything that can go wrong, lose hope by comparing its small, hard rounded self to the glorious canopy of its forebears, despairing at the long road to come. It just puts out one more root, and one more leaf, one second at a time, one photon at a time, collecting its energy, patiently, simply, getting bigger every year. And eventually there it is, as big as the tree it came from, building its own set of round, hard, bitter acorns. Do not get frustrated! Even the most massive of endeavors must, by necessity, happen one day at a time.
This week we’re thinking about food- from acorns, to tomatoes, to honey, to anything else you put in your body. Food Week at the Claremont Colleges is almost upon us! Events officially begin on Friday, and the farm is braided through the week’s calendar, attached for your perusing pleasure. Food Week will end in the massive celebration that is Spring farm fest (but more on that next week). This week, join us for the following:
CANCELLED: Cooking Workshop: All about carob, Thursday 4pm Farm Kitchen
Sagen Café Farm Special: Friday 11:30-1pm, SCC
The usual delicious salad-fare. Probably featuring kale.
Volunteer Hours: Saturday 10-12pm at the Farm
We’ll probably be weeding but will definitely be covered in dirt by the end of it.
Beekeeping Workshop: HONEY HARVEST! Saturday 2pm on the East Side
Finally we can harvest some delicious fresh honey from our busy hive! There are limited spots available for this workshop so jump in now! Sign up here and look out for a confirmation email. You will be able to take home a small container of honey with you!
Claremont Eclectic Garden Tour: Sunday 1-4pm, all over Claremont
This garden tour is organized by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens and the Claremont Garden Club! If you are interested in spectacular and inventive Claremont landscaping, you won’t want to miss this! The tour is Sunday, April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. and the price of the ticket ($20) includes admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (within 30 days of event date). Ticket holders are welcomed to enjoy the Annual Wildflower Show event also occurring on April 19 at the Garden. FMI, and for tickets.