Small signs of spring began to show themselves this month, with daffodils, trout lilies, and toothwort in bloom by the end of March. Cold temperatures and even snow persisted through the month, though many days were sunny and pleasant. The greenhouse is warm and full of life, with onions, peppers, lettuces, brassicas, herbs, and other plants getting a head start on the growing season. Grapes, blueberries, strawberries, carrots, potatoes, chamomile, and hops were planted in the garden this month. Baby animals are plentiful on the ranch; little goats, cows, and chicks are experiencing their first spring. Milk, cheese, and yogurt production are up.
Planning for the 40th Land Day
East Wind will be celebrating its 40th Land Day this May 1st- 4th. Many former members, people from other communities, and friends will be joining us during this four day celebration. The festivities will begin with a Beltane celebration on May 1st, followed by an East Wind Renaissance Faire on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th. Entertainment will include a play written and performed by East Winders, fortune telling, a magic show, a scavenger hunt, juggling, fire spinning, music, a Maypole ceremony, a catapult, sack races, court jesters, traditional food and drink, costumes and decorations, a time capsule to be opened on the 50th anniversary, a group photo, face painting and hair braiding, an apothecary, workshops and demonstrations, tug-of-war, mud wrestling, jousting, a dragon log, and more. East Winders have been busy with preparations for the festival, including play rehearsal, home brewing, costume design, site preparation, bow making, etc. There is still much work to be done, and even more fun to be had.