I love this time of the year…time to save seeds for next year’s crop! We save only heirloom seeds. Hybrids can sometimes cross-pollinate, especially melons.  (If we want a hybrid, we buy one from a reputable seed company each year.)   I label all my seeds. I think I’ll remember which is which, but it never happens….


Today is St. Valentine’s Day at Quicksilver Farm, and a glorious day it is. Right now it is 64 degrees and the sun is shining bright. The day began very foggy, and Nants made Tim an omelet of eggs from Quicksilver Farm with onions and greens from the garden. Soon the gray shroud lifted, and…


Who knew baby tomato and pepper seedlings were so much work? Following the instructions from Cynthia at Love Apple Farm, we carefully covered our seedlings with plastic and put them on the heating mat. As soon as the first little green popped its head out of the dark, rich soil the covering was removed. From…


All eyes are on the apricot trees, at full red bud. Swollen, red mounds are just on the edge of bursting. Like the old song says, “Popcorn popping on the apricot trees,” we hold our breath in anticipation of that first white blossom, the promise of a fruitful harvest in July. Many people spray their…


The first blossoms to appear this year are on the peaches. This tree is about three years old. Last year we got a handful of delicious peaches. This year we hope for a bumper crop. As they say about fruit trees: First year sleeping, second year creeping, third year leaping!


Michael Pollan

We were fortunate enough to be invited to the Silicon Valley Reads premier event featuring Michael Pollan. His book entitled In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto was chosen as this year’s book. In an auditorium which was packed (many had to be turned away) he discussed his views on food, nutrition and life in…


Over the years since we bought this property in 2002, we have been planting more and more daffodils each year.  Since this Central California area is so fabulous for naturalizing, we have hundreds of daffodils which show a sunny face early each year.  The first years we left them all outside, because we wanted a cheerful showing…


Have you ever met anyone with a miniature donkey who didn’t just love it? At Quicksilver Farm, we never had. So when we spotted an ad on Craig’s List for donkeys needing a new home, we jumped on it. Unfortunately, so did a bunch of other people and the animals were placed before we could…


  On Labor Day 2009 (September 7) Slow Foods USA called for a “virtual march on Washington.” They are calling for Congress to pass a Child Nutrition Act that gives schools the resources to serve REAL FOOD for lunch. People in communities all over the country held public potlucks to take part in the Time…


Lavender Celebration Day, May 17, 2009.   The sun came up strong and hot, and by mid-morning it was an unexpected 100 degrees. That did not deter the intrepid crew. Family, neighbors and friends assembled to do the work. Three generations of Foleys were on hand to lay out the grids, placing plastic spoons where each…