Monday, May 3, 2010

Before and After

This is the life of a farmer. One day everything looks great. I walk around the vineyard and marvel at how well the vines are growing and thinking what a great harvest we will have-- if only the predicted frost doesn't happen that night---and the next day when I walk the vineyard all the green is gone. The whole vineyard is brown. It's hard to believe it is the same vineyard. But it is. All a farmer can do is hope the rest of the season is good and maybe, just maybe, there will be a secondary fruit set, at best much smaller but still, it is hope. That is the life of a farmer.


  1. Gail and Bill EifrigMay 3, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Oh, this is painful! we are so sorry, even though it does no good. Your post sounds the note that farmers have done for centuries, so we applaud your philosophical stance.
    Bill and Gail Eifrig

  2. Thanks, Bill and Gail. We are learning one has to be philosophical to do farming. We become more and more in awe and thankful for all the generations of farmers who have sustained human life in this country.

  3. Thanks so much for your blog...I planted some cabernet and sharaz here in Tucson. I have never tried growing grapes but I am learning a lot from your blog.