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The latest Craft Retreat | Another Pine Bark Beetle Plague Update

Planting Redwood
lovely tree planting
What happened when Alzara donated her baby redwood tree?
The sapling waited a few weeks, for just the right moment, when...

During our March, 2017 retreat for folks who are HIV+, we got together with a new family currently camping at the Farm House. The group posed for a photo (above), and then planted a baby redwood tree near the permanent pond (below). The youngest human participant in the prayer-service was 5 years old at the time of the tree-planting, and the tree is a little more than a year old, so the young child will hopefully return to the scene of this planting in 77 years to see how well the tree grew! We are hoping that the perpetual moisture at our permanent pond will work well during global climate change to keep the little one healthy for the next 1,000 years. Special thanks to Alzara for the gift of the redwood, which might do fine in this climate soon, as the coastlines and precipitation levels are changing unpredictably!

Another Texture:Fabric::Spirit:Soul Event for Soap-Making

On March 24-25 the Catholic Worker Farm is hosting another craft retreat, this one focused on making soap and making solar box cookers. Here's where Susan taught us to make soap using our goat milk from Onya. Next time it'll be milk from Equi, the mother of... WHO? see the next installment!

Then there's the April craft retreat, focused on turning alpaca wool into yarn and fabric.

That's what the alpacas look like after the shearing--they lost 20 pounds of fluff!

The Plague of '16 & '17 Continues
at Earth Abides CW Farm!

The first thing to do when learning of our troubles with the Pine Bark Beetle Plague is to check out prior blog entry of Summer 2016, and then see our other installment of Autumn 2016. In the Summer of 2017 we share this with you on the Plague of beetles (although most of Summer 2017 is here instead
coming soon, like in November

Before, during and after the removal of stricken pine trees. Now check it out, we have cut down about 52 of the dead trees in the past year, with another 101 to go, so far. One source says we have at least two more years of dying trees before the forest recovers. A different outside source from last year also gave a grim prediction. But again, it's the humans who choose optimism that are more inspiring--e.g. "when Goddess gives you lemons, make lemonade!" and "when a door is closed, go through the window!" are pleasant ways to reconsider what's happening here. Some neighbors are happy to settle for oaks and cedars, since the ponderosas are potentially all going to be gone from this elevation.

OUR PERMANENT POND has been so reliable for the past 100 years, that it's clearly visible on the Arnold Rim Trail hiking map, since they use a typical topo map for the background imagery of the brochure/map.