Well, we got about 15 hours of light and steady rain last Monday; it only put 8/10ths in the bucket but what a psychological positive. I got scolded for going to bed with the door and windows open—it can get the floor wet you know—but the sound of real rain is probably the best sleep aid yet devised; provided your crop’s up.
I’m writing this by the fire in the snow on Sunday from Hume this week. It’s quite miraculous how this Hume basin has remained an island of green in a sea of black. From here, other than all the drought claimed dead trees that will have to come down and be hauled off, everything looks beautiful. Get up on the ridge and look around though and it’s hard to comprehend the destruction. To put a 150,000 acre burn into perspective, that’s the equivalent of a mile-wide strip from Fresno to LA. We are most grateful.
On the list of natural disasters, drought is unique. A fire happens and you try to protect your stuff and then you clean-up. A hurricane lasts for a day, the flood waters a few more and then you clean-up. An earthquake lasts a few minutes plus some aftershocks and then you clean-up. Tornados are horribly briefly furious and then you clean-up. Floods… You get the idea.
But prolonged drought just sucks the hope right out of you and there’s not much you can do about it; there’s no clean-up. But we are grateful we’ve been able to find enough water to keep growin your peaches.
Hopefully, the 8/10ths water is the start of a rehydrating trend. Hopefully, the elites will see domestic food production as something to encourage instead of punish, and hopefully our family is still growing organic peaches in Kingsburg for your family generations into the future.
November is Thanksgiving month, and as I look back on the year it’s truly incredible. To be in the midst of a 500 year drought and still be delivering your produce every week is truly miraculous. I think American farmers are the most resilient people in the world.
Oh, there’s no water. Oh, the cost of labor is forced up another 17%. Those diesel engines you just made compliant 5 years ago now have to be thrown away and replaced.
Sometimes we feel like Lt. Dan riding the mast in the storm yelling at the top of our lungs: IS THAT ALL YOU’VE GOT??
Yet, when we look around, the bills are paid, everybody’s healthy and working together at a job we love – sending organic food to people who love us for doing it and the only thought is thank you.
I read somewhere that if the only prayer you ever prayed was “Thank You” it would be enough.
Photo via Lake Hume Facebook