Thinking About Winter

Thinking About Winter

A slow moving low pressure system changed up the weather/mindset (weather has a strong influence on my mindset) this week, bringing cool wind and fog in its approach, then clouds and light rain (maybe 1/20″ aka just enough to warrant putting all the tools away inches of rain). While it was a wet paper tiger compared to winter beasts that roll through, it was a good winter mindset simulator and reminder that its time to start thinking about the next season (summer here basically goes till at least Thanksgiving, so I omit “fall” but don’t get me started on the mini-seasons here-sometimes the only thing seasonal is the daylength!)

At the same time, the new monthly El Nino forecast from NOAA came out yesterday. Here are a couple highlights:

“There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80% chance it will last into early spring 2016.”

“Nearly all models predict El Niño to continue into the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, with many multi-model averages predicting a strong event at its peak strength”

“In many respects, the atmospheric anomalies remained firmly coupled to the oceanic warming”

The last part contrasts with last year where we had warmer oceans but wasn’t shown in the atmosphere. So things are looking good…

So this is the time to start brainstorming projects and solutions to be ready!

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:07+00:00 July 10th, 2015|Earthworker Farm, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Thinking About Winter

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I'm from Eastern Long Island, NY. Although in retrospect I have always been a farmer, certain events helped me realize this. When I started teaching high school biology in Brooklyn, i was given a classroom with a defunct greenhouse because none of the other teachers wanted it and I was lowest in seniority. I started rehabilitating it and then it was just a matter of time before I starting getting to work as soon as the school was unlocked to be able to spend time with my plants. I shared this love and excitement with my students. After working on an Organic Farm in Pennsylvania I knew farming was for me. I can pinpoint the moment to when I was barefoot planting fava beans. After this experience I knew I wanted my own buisiness/operation. I WWOOFed on the west coast from Washington down to New Mexico and chose Sonoma County as my home. I started with one customer and without any finances then developed my own practices as my farming slowly evolved into what it is today all along the common thread of full intimacy with the soil using just hands and hand tools. Thank you for reading!