Heat Waving from Central California

The temperatures soared for us here in the last few weeks. We went into conservation mode and started opening windows in the office early in the morning and closing everything up when we started to feel the heat creeping in. We worked in the office with the lights mostly off (our windows provide beautiful natural light). If you have a naturally lit office space, we suggest you try this sometime  ~ once the eyes adjust, it actually provides an effective calming ambience to the office day.

On a brighter, more colorful note ~ Look what the sun did for our zinnias!!

I can’t even…..the cuteness is overwhelming.

Our Namesake

Our dog, Lily,  is now the only one who wants to put her paws (sans galoshes) in this creek and splash around like crazy since we have no more toddlers around!!! 20 years ago, the oldest grandchild was 2 years old and the youngest hadn’t yet joined the family.

1997 was the last time this creek was running on our property — 11 (ELEVEN!) grandchildren have joined the family since then.  Creekside Farms was founded in 1988 and this creek was the inspiration for our name.

Lots of water in the creek after the recent rains!

The creek running through the dormant lavender

Lily, the golden retriever, playing in the creek

Happy First Day of Spring Planting

It’s that time of year  again – Springtime on the farm! We are getting our starter seeds ready to go.  Here are some of our planting trays ready for strawflower seeds.

Planting trays are prepped and ready to be seeded

One of team members, Gil, hand seeding each little pod with strawflower seeds.

We can’t wait to share the process with you!

Happy Spring!

Farm Day

We were invited to participate, once again, in our local community’s Farm Day, a day devoted to sharing and teaching about agriculture in its various forms here in South Monterey County.  It was a wonderful feeling to talk about what we grow and to explain that farming doesn’t just produce heads of lettuce, cabbage, onions and broccoli. There were “oooh’s and aah’s” as we held up bunches of herbs, lavender, yarrow and pepper berries that we have planted, grown and harvested right here on our farm. I think we may have “planted a few seeds” for some future female farmers whose love of the flowers and the wreaths we create out of them was evident.

Farm Day is a program that brings together business, industry, community and education to benefit third grade students. It provides information and hands on demonstrations about the agricultural industry of Monterey County. It gives students an opportunity to be exposed to various aspects of agriculture: everything from food production to wreath making.

 

Who knew that burying your hands in a large wooden bowl of loose lavender bud could elicit such delight and excitement from third grade children, their teachers, parents and chaperones?

Teri showing one of our Twig Heart Wreath designs 

Sweet, bright faces

Future Farmer?

Happy Farm Day participants 

We are already looking forward to next year’s Farm Day and having another 300 or so third graders brighten our day, learn about what we do and be inspired!

Taking A Moment

“Life is not measured by the breaths you take but, by the moments that take your breath away”.

Perhaps a little preview of what is coming in the next few months – this rabbit caught Scott’s attention from his desk. We were able to snap a few pictures before we were spotted and the bunny got jumpy.

Don’t think some of us could stop ourselves from saying
“awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”

when this little cottontail started washing its face in the shelter of our lavender.