July 4th

Sheep in the park!

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There is a theory in permaculture that intensive (but not prolonged) grazing can improve open land much better than simply leaving it fallow. It appears this theory is being put to the test at the American River Parkway (area across from Cal Expo). This is one of two sheep pens very recently put up in the park, and there are a LOT of sheep here! They are still getting used to the bike riders.

After visiting these pens for several weekends in a row, I can add that many of the grazing animals being used in the park are actually goats. On my first visit, I found two different pens (also called paddocks) but since that time have only noticed one (they are being rotated through the area) on the river side of the bike trail which is full of goats.

Community Fair at Howe Park

I went up to Howe Park to volunteer at the Way To Happiness table. There was a little parade down through the neighborhood, and it ended up here. The setup was simple but attractive, and there was quite a crowd.

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The booths only stayed until noon. I think the organizers were expecting another HOT day, but the weather today was milder than usual.

The parade was modest – no marching bands – but included some nice old cars (popular in Pullman, too) such as the one shown below.

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Bike path fruits and nuts

As I returned on the bike path through the Parkway, I stopped to check the fig trees. They are dropping a lot of unripe fruit. The problem seems to be that fig trees really need water, and we’ve had no rain for at least a month. The fruit turn soft and pulpy, and tend to fall off, though they are still green and inedible.

The blackberries were doing better. The first fruit are beginning to ripen now, and it looks life a full crop.

The almonds at the city end of the path (near the Diamond facility) are also ripening and are now edible, though not fully ripe.

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Happy Fourth!

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