Spring hit the earth running this year with significant rainfall. I feel like a dying man in the desert finding a watering hole at long last. My parched lips and calloused throat is mighty appreciative of this long overdue drink.
We've survived one helluva drought these past few years in West Texas. And the recent rainfall is giving us great hope that this will be our first good cotton harvest in over five years. First, we have to get the seed in the ground. We began doing that yesterday. As we embark on our clothing company journey, we never lost site of the fact we are farmers first. Without the seed, we have no cotton to make clothes. Without rain, the seed we plant is useless.
Growing cotton out here on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, the pickin' is a tad bit slim most years. So, we're banking on this being one of those "bumper crop" years the help get us back on track for the previous four bad ones.
We've had a fair share of neurotic weather lately. Hail storms have flared up, beating up our garden a couple of times and my organic wheat crop three or four times. Fortunately, the wheat escaped with minimum damage. A tornado touched the ground half a mile from this field, as well last week. It picked up a neighbor's module builder, tossing it about 50 yards over the fence. Should be harvesting that crop the first week in June. It is my first ever certified organic wheat crop, so there is much pride and optimism with this harvest, as well.
Our horse, Hatfield, is in "horse school" near Amarillo. A friend of ours is teaching him how to be a horse and a friendlier compadre to ride. School is almost out so the boys are gettin' spring fever. For a change, sandstorms have been a minimum with makes breathing a helluva lot easier these days.
Along with getting ready to plant cotton, harvest wheat and get our line of clothing underway, Jennie and I have been busy in the garden. Everything is thriving in the gentle temperatures and ample rainfall. Jennie is working hard with NCSU Textile Department. She's also working hard at getting my books in local independent bookstores, and raising money for a meditation garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She's a busy and wonderfully talented woman.
We are hoping that we have our clothing up for sale on our website by October. In the meantime, check out our new organic t-shirts. So, as we enjoy another rainy morning here on the desolate plains, we are looking to the horizon for more rainstorms, as well as a fruitful year on many levels.