Friday, July 8, 2011

Weeding by hand

It used to be very easy to sit in my air conditioned urban home, after a successful trip to Whole Foods, my buggy full with organic foodstuffs, to pontificate about the obvious reasons why farmers shouldn't use RoundUp or any other herbicides or pesticides on their crops. 

I mean duh. The glaring health advantages alone make it worth any sacrifice.

Seriously, how foolish am I. Nothing else in life is black and white. Why would this be any different.

It's becoming clear that our current farming reality is karma for my ridiculous thinking. For it is now my tukus, and Nathan's, walking the seemingly endless rows of peanuts, pulling weeds by hand until we're ready to pass out. Soon we'll start cultivating with the tractor, and then we'll bring in a hoeing crew to do the rest by hand. We'll continue to repeat this pattern until harvest in September.

When I think about how much we'll spend in labor alone ensuring we make a crop, the world gets a little greyer. Not because we're greedy mizers but simply because this isn't ideological any longer. If we can't cover our costs and make enough to live on, we can't farm organically. My dad has been trying to convince me of this principle for years but I ignored his realism in favor of my own far loftier philosophical holdings.

Again with that darn karma thing.

Today when I buy organic products, I neither bat an eye at the higher prices nor judge those who grow conventionally. I'm just thankful for all the tukus's out there who make healthier eating possible--especially the consumers who will pay more for chemical-free products.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Antique wonder

Over the July 4th holiday, while most normal people were off celebrating, my parents joined us for several days of work. Aren't we a fun bunch.

The goal: To put the new-to-us antique cultivator on our antique tractor.

My grandfather bought this Super M tractor the year my dad was born.

Without a manual or even photos from the internet, it took most of the long weekend to piece together what part of the cultivator went where.

During the course of the weekend we discovered the tractor needed more repairs. Naturally. So the guys removed the cultivator and towed the tractor to Duck's--our trusted tractor repairman's shop.

Once the tractor is repaired and cultivator reassembled, this spidery contraption should make short work of future weeds in the chili peppers.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Growth spurt

The puppy's grown 75% in three weeks. Holy food bill batman.

She's also very quick to discern the only shady spot on the farm is under the nearest vehicle. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Peanuts a'blossoming

The drought and excessive heat have made this year unusually challenging for every farmer in West Texas. Such circumstances make it all the more joyous to see those yellow blooms.

So far so good.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Buena Suerte Vineyards logo

We could not be more proud of our new logo.

Susan Browne, of Susan Browne Design, you have rocked our world.