April 26, 2011

Peach Tree Abundance in Montana Spring

Saturday dawns under the usual spring white wet snow, April showers, Montana style.
Sabo Ranch greenhouse/chicken house, the chickens live in the rear, plants in the front facing the warmth of southern exposure. Structure is straw bale. Visit: http://saboranch.com/
Imagine a peach tree blooming in the middle of a Montana winter! That could only happen if the tree lived in a greenhouse and this one has lived now for 4 years inside the Sabo greenhouse. You can see it is loaded with fruit! Draped over cool weather greens and lettuce tubes, the peach tree's home is cozy and warm.
The Sabos grow greens in PVC tubes hanging from the greenhouse ceiling. Reminiscent of well-known greenhouse salad maven, Anna Edey's growing methods:http://www.solviva.com/solviva_book.htm, the Sabo's lettuce crop is prolific.
Romaine, orach, and spinach ready to harvest.
On the floor of the greenhouse, peepers scratching and loving the heat. These are meat chicks and will eventually be moved to an enclosed pasture to be raised eating grubs and bugs.

Almost a dozen! The girls in back have been busy.
Women of the Dirt Saturday gathering brought out farmers, growers, bakers, and people buying bagged Maine kelp. Harrison, Montana wheat grower Glenn V. hauled huge bags of wheat berries to offer to animal farmers for feed.

Smaller bags were filled with cleaned wheat berries ready for the grinder. Red fife spring wheat grown without chemical applications by a Madison County grower was a popular offering for local bread bakers. Women of the Dirt is a group of women who have come together around the idea of sharing what they learn about raising goats, sheep, pigs, cows, grain, produce, and fruit trees. Information is shared through monthly gatherings like this one and on-line through an email list that is now close to 200 contacts. Valuable to all is the connection with others around our state and region who are trying to grow their own food! Leave a comment if you are interested in knowing more about
Women of the Dirt.

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog through Tangled, and I must admit I am so envious of your lifestyle! I dream of getting out of the rat race and into a simpler way of living. I am confident one day it will happen, but we've got a long way to go before we get there.

    I would love to know more about your group Women of Dirt. I live in Texas, so I know I can't meet up, but I would love to learn all that I can from you guys.

    Thanks for all that you're doing!