The seasons continue to march along here at Gray Area Farm. We had our first frosts (Finally!) and that marked the end of the squash harvest. It also marked a chance for a few more things to break. Thus “there’s always something to do on a homestead.” You can’t defeat the prep list, you can only hope to contain it!
The “noise reduction” feature on Audacity is only so strong, so headphone listeners will surely note that I recorded most of this in the “mobile studio,” aka “the truck as the kids and I ran errands.” (Protip for podcasters: take frequent breaks while recording to let the kids ask questions or get their “wiggles” out.)
This is our first “interview show,” featuring Jeff Woodruff. He’s the campaign manager for Nancy Woodruff, who’s running for Los Angeles City Council District 7. We talk about foodsheds, community gardens and odd legal issues surrounding things as simple as backyard gardening and beekeeping.
Topics and links for the day:
- Daylight savings time, seasonality, and how shorter and longer days are so much bigger a deal on the homestead than for office workers.
- The Tiny House propane furnace and main door lock crap out on the same day: highlights how important a backup plan, some emotional resiliency and YouTube are.
- It only took Los Angeles city council a hundred and thirty some odd years, but they finally got the birds and the bees talk from someone.
- Listener questions! Why chicken eggs have a “season” in real life (ie not in factory farms) and how to hand pollinate squash blossoms during late summer / early fall periods when you still have blossoms but the natural pollinators are done for the year.