Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Organic Farming - Aronia Berry Update

Our Aronia Berry crop adventure has been a rocky one.  The first year draught, following years involved hail, tornado, and destructive beetle attacks.  Two years of fighting the beetle and we thought last year we were finally going to have a big enough crop to sell when the deer decided they liked the buds, so out of 3 acres we got about five buckets of berries.  The plants aren't near the size they normally would be after six years, but they are surviving.  It would be so easy to forget all the "organic" rules, expense and paper work and spray the beetles and fertilize the crops but that isn't what we set out to do.  Tomorrow we have our inspection to get our organic certification renewed.  Fingers crossed it is approved.

Below you can see the plants in a couple of photos.  The other two photos are surrounding areas around the field.  We do have that.  It is beautiful out there and this time of year the farm crops are just going in.





Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Blog Featuring My Paintings

I have been posting some of my paintings on this blog but wonder if those who check in here to see stitching and other crafts might not be interested in paintings and those wanting to view my paintings may not want to go through the fiber and other pieces I create.  I have decided to try separating the two and begin a new blog devoted to my watercolor paintings and other fine art.  I hope you will visit and if interested follow along.  The address for the blog is http://conniereybergfineart.blogspot.com/.  Also please feel free to share my new blog.  It is in its early stages so I will be doing some tweeking as time permits.  I also have a page on Facebook where I am posting my artwork.  If you are a Facebook subscriber you can find it at https://www.facebook.com/conniereybergfineart/.

Hope everyone's new year is off to a healthy and happy start!