Planting seasonal vegetables is almost immediate gratification, but planting fruit trees teaches patience.
Dan spent hours researching types of fruit trees that would survive our unique microclimate, which trees needed to be planted ne
xt to pollinator trees, and how to perform the first pruning of the newly planted trees. Then came the labor of creating gopher cages to protect tree roots, preparing the soil, planning the endless maze of drip irrigation lines, and finally putting the trees into the ground. By the time it came to pruning the delicate branches, Dan's hands hesitated, preparing the trees for the future and becoming attached to the trees physically through the long process-unwilling to make a wrong move.
The young fruit trees are enduring in their wants for nuturing- a kind of unconditional love that a farmer needs to give and give in order to recieve fruits only 2-3 years later. There are many life lessons in working with your hands and molding the land. Patience is the lesson of our first season at Rose Acres Farm.