It seems Claremont has caught delusions of weather in this latest bout of rain and cold. The compost is soggy but the trees are stretching into the moisture, soaking it up. Clover shoots are peeking through the mulch in the East side orchard and the peach trees already laden with small fruitlets. We’ve been spending our time up in the branches, thinning them out. Peach trees put out way more peaches than they have the energy to ripen, so we release them from the weight of quantity by picking off more than half of the fruit when it’s still young. If we don’t, they will half-ripen clustered together, fruits smashing into each other and weighing down the branch they sit on (which can break), ultimately not quite reaching the full juicy sweetness of a ripe fruit from lack of sugars. If we do thin them, then the tree can allocate more energy to each one, and they develop in peace and distinction, getting as big and fat as they possibly can before we pluck them from their unbroken branch. You, too, have limited energy! Make sure to limit the peaches you set so each one can benefit from your attention and be fully manifested. This week shed some metaphorical peaches and be free to join us:
Sustainable Claremont Dialogue: Monday (TONIGHT) 7pm in Hahn 101
Catch us at this month’s Sustainable Claremont Dialogue! We’re going to be co-leading it and talking about the farm’s work and about food security in Claremont (flier attached)
Farmdue cooking workshop: Thursday 4pm at the Farm Outdoor Kitchen
Come on out for some farm fondue! We’re going to be whipping up a piping hot and marvelously fragranced pot of cheese, and then we’ll be running around the farm harvesting things and dipping them in cheese and gobbling them up. What else could possibly be better on a Thursday afternoon?
Sagen Café Farm Special: Friday 11:30-1pm, SCC
The best lunch. Come get one on fridays.
Volunteer Hours: Saturday 10-12pm at the Farm
We’ll probably be thinning and maybe planting. Come on out.