The joys of Easter are upon us, and after a particularly hard winter, the community at Restoration Farm seems to embrace the tasks of spring with renewed vigor. Donna’s hens have been busy producing baskets full of pastel eggs perfect for the holiday.
Signs of activity and new life are abundant. Caroline, George and Kobi are shelling last year’s pole bean pods, and extracting the seeds in anticipation of this season’s planting. Ever the engineer, George is devising new ways to get the shelling done more quickly.
Zsofi, Natalia and a group of volunteers are preparing the flowerbeds for a summer of brilliant color.
Hal has constructed a top bar beehive to attract those stalwarts of pollination. The bees will enter through the bottom, and build honeycombs draped from each narrow bar that lies across the top.
At Apple Trace, buds on the two-year old heritage apple trees are beginning to open.
In the field, tender leaves of kale reach towards the sun. We will soon be worth our weight in greens.
Freedom Ranger meat birds have settled into their daily routine of foraging in the fields.
The Garlic Field is covered with bright green shoots that will soon give way to the first garlic scapes of summer.
At the Hewlett Apple Orchard, Glenn had pruned and mulched the sweeping hill and planted additional rootstock.
He shows me the progress of the Asian pear, Apricot and Sour Cherry trees he planted several years ago along the dirt road that enters the farm. Glenn has a knack for cultivating new life and has truly earned the nickname of “Orchard Guy.”
And, scattered throughout the farm and the historic village are new abodes each anticipating their first flurry of tenants.
Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
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