"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Sprung and then Sagged a Bit

Spring sprung and then sagged a bit as March in northern Idaho continues to be a most interesting month. It can be sunny and warm one minute and the next brings with it snow and rain, sometimes all three at the same time. Snow was on today's menu.

I spent the late afternoon doctoring our fruit and nut trees as the winter has been very harsh with them. My red headed helpers and I taped broken hazelnut and apple tree branches. I'm not sure how well this will work with these trees but it does work with all of the shrubs around our house that get dumped on when I must shovel snow off the roof. We have one poor cedar shrub that looks more like Frankenstein as it has been patched so many times. The flock does not seem to mind the weather though, they are just happy to see some bare dirt and be free of their winter confines.

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