Spring Progress at The Cloverleaf

April has arrived quickly at The Cloverleaf and the season is in full swing.  Our farmstand will be open and our CSA up and running in just under eight weeks.  The past few months have required extensive preparations to get the farm ready to actually do its job: grow food.

Here’s a snippet of what we’ve been up to in the past few months.  In the field, we mowed cover crop; plowed last year’s beds to prepare beds for planting; added compost and limestone to make the soil healthier; planted (and weeded!) garlic, onions, strawberries and potatoes;and now we are beginning to plant the crops for our CSA and farmstand.  We pruned hundreds of trees in the orchard, weeded and mowed, and watched patiently for fruit set.  

At our home bases we have set up our CSA; done our due diligence to get the business up and running; created our crop plan, and read, read, read about how to become better farmers.

We are all very excited for the selling season to begin so we can share our work with you.  And throughout the season, we’re hoping to share a bit of our story as well.  On this site, we’ll write a bit about our work throughout the year, including some of the challenges we face and the learning that accompanies our hardest moments.  We are quickly learning that what helps new farmers the most is shared knowledge.  We’re receiving knowledge from skilled farmers everyday, and we’re hoping to pass our experiences along to others interested in the process of growing and selling food in California. 

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the cloverleaf

A few weeks ago we asked our talented friend Warren to trade us his photography skills for produce. He shot some awesome pictures (see our Facebook page), but little did we know he would write such an amazing poem for us too. Thank you, Warren.

cloverleaf
by warren jones

what if
i lay my head
down
in the furrows
and lower
my eyes
below
the tops of esculents
that are almost
fit to be eaten

will i get a bitter
view
of the first morning
clouds
lifting off
like a liquid
frozen
crystalline
hot air balloon
regatta

what if i
wake up early
just in time to
watch
the morning full moon
set over
onions
and garlic
and kale
and strawberries

will i get a bitter
view
of what it’s like
to grow
food for the hungry
fed
by more than
just the parts
and pieces
we are adding
to the soil

are we fools
out here
hands freezing
in the wind
or
our we making
a prayer for
all human kind
as we breathe in
and push our hands
into soil

but no
i can hear the earth
shudder
and then exhale
as our hands begin
to warm

this is god’s work
i tell myself
and by that
i mean living
in mult-idimensions

standing still
long enough
to hear plants grow

standing still
long enough
to read the swell
of the land
and hear the dying
cry of the field mouse

to feel the
hem and haw
movement
of the harrier’s eyes

to feel each grain
of blowing topsoil
as it glances
off my leafless skin

yes this is it
all i’ve got to give
and
i’ll take my pay in
wind and sun

Warren Jones is a massage therapist, poet, photographer, musician, bike mechanic extraordinaire and all around fantastic person. He lives and works in Davis, CA. If you want to get on the list to receive his “o poema do dia” (daily poem) via email, schedule a massage, or see his other photos, check out  his webpage here http://www.wjroots.com.