Dirt Is Beautiful Too

 

Dirt is a farmer’s canvas.

As we look at this recently disked patch of land, we feel excited and grateful.  We see what can be and what will be as we plan to plant.  The quality of the dirt is one of our highest priorities and one of the ways we prepare it is by adding compost or gypsum to loosen the soil and help with drainage.

You think our Big Green Tractor is s…er…simply amazing?  We think so too and yes, it goes slow and we can make it go faster.

Next time you see a big, smooth(ish) patch of dirt, try looking at it through a farmer’s eye and you’ll see abundant potential and beauty.

Autumn is in Full Fall Swing

Since we can’t call ourselves “elves” yet, we aren’t sure what name we should use for ourselves at this time of year as we are preparing and making and sending wreaths just in time for Thanksgiving!  Our Fresh and Fragrant Wreath (see featured image) is a big hit again this year, a perfect combination of fragrant fresh eucalyptus, preserved fall leaves, wheat, dried cherry peppers (they look like mini pumpkins to me), yarrow and sweet annie – all woven together to create a hullabaloo of scent and color.

We can feel the Holidays approaching and the buzz of excitement is contagious.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Happy Autumn, Fields and Friends!

A Farm Tour
Waist high dill
Dill Harvest
Scott was surprised by an impromptu song of “Happy Birthday” and a gift of champagne!

 

Relay For Life 2017

For those of you who don’t know about the fundraiser called “Relay For Life”, it began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked for 24 hours straight to raise awareness and money for our fight against cancer. Since then, the passion for this cause has lit fires all over the world, becoming the largest fundraiser for cancer research.

The symbolism of walking all night brings very close to home the heart wrenching fact that cancer never sleeps. Relaying between team members signifies that we are all in it together, supporting and doing whatever we can.

We almost can’t believe that 2017’s Relay For Life has already come and gone and that we are already “remembering”.

It was a beautiful day and night and ended up cooling off more than we had thought it would. We held a silent auction for one of our wreaths, won by a local member of our community and one of our own team members won our raffle prize (NOT rigged – we promise!!).

Here are some pictures of Creekside Farms’ 5th year of participation.

Waiting for the butterfly release to happen.
Some of the family all set up and ready to start walking!
Relay Raiders!
And they’re off!
Good vibes and visiting during our walk
Starting them young – never too early!
Smiles for Miles
Lucky little one with some shade!
Best of Friends Forever

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.