The signs of September are many: the herons back in the bog, Tom Wagner unloading big round hay bales into the barn, touch-up work on the dirt roads, yellow waves of thick, fluffy goldenrod and the purple dusting of asters, quieter nights and darker mornings (and better sleep).

The roadsides and fenced-in field edges are full of medicinal plants, as if the natural world is sending us a signal to stock up now while we can; we all know what’s coming. We have time, though, to sit in this season and enjoy it.

Most of the haying is done for the season. As properties change hands and expand we should consider the impacts of fewer fields and less mowing on our local farmers, some who are carrying on family businesses and traditions for nearly a century (or more). These farms make up our own micro economy and these long standing traditions and way of life are as important as new building opportunities or pollinator patches (in Waldo we are lucky to have great large uninterrupted wildlife tracks to support our critical pollinating friends right up through large predators). Ensuring these traditions continue means we all can go on enjoying the high quality of life we have in Waldo. It also shows respect for our neighbors and for our local history.

The critter activity seems to be ramping up in the garden and in the field (and not just Monty squirreling apples from the wild trees!). We’ve got a porcupine who’s being a pain. I’m curious if anyone has had any good activity on their local game cams? Let me know!




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