Peril and Joy

A gambler who plays for fun understands only the brief thrill of mindless chance. A gambler who enters in with knowledge and can acutely calculate the odds and weigh the chance to his favor is a professional. He strives to understand his peril and he continues to risk, resting on his calculation that the odds …

Bon Voyage to Alexis

This winter is a strange and full one in many ways.¬†With Christmas coming and the year near to turning, next season is already looming large. In it will be a hole that many of you will surely notice and experience with us. My dear sister Alexis has been the genesis and the nurturer of all …

Thanksgiving Reflection

The thorny varieties of blackberries are clinging to their leaves like the old curmudgeons that they are. The younger varieties of thornless canes, bred for a less brutal age, are largely bare with bulging fruit buds, casting their hope almost entirely on the future. As winter descends upon us we thought we would take a …

Autumn Descends

  Merriweather Lewis wrote on his 30th birthday that he felt empty and bereft of accomplishment. That was well after he and the Corps of Discovery had made their amazing journey across the continent. Turning 30 can be tough. But surveying the dawn of autumn this morning, I am encouraged. Walking among the plants today …

July 20, 2015

It is late July, and while much of the summer is already memory, much remains only hope. The blackberries are post-harvest and the tomatoes are just beginning. It is midsummer in an agricultural state. Wednesday morning last week I received our foliar analysis giving a clear picture of our fertility situation in the bramble. After …