|Two of our volunteers working on one of the Cascades rows,|
with steam rising off the new ground to the east.
David had gotten out there early and done some extra set-up. It's an understatement to say we'd be nowhere without his help. That preparation was key to things moving so quickly on Saturday morning.
The photos I'm sharing have come from a couple of the volunteers, I got busy enough that I didn't take many, and I think there was a seven-minute stretch there where I didn't even look at Facebook. As I wrote there:
"Here's a quick note to put a wrap on the event yesterday - we had a good crowd of quick workers that made short work of our 800 rhizomes. Let me say again how much I appreciate the support we've received from the community - actually three communities, including my Air Force friends, DC friends, and Luray friends - to get this thing started. With the hop yards established, we feel like we are in a good place, and now we'll get to the business of shepherding the plants into production. Thanks again, everyone!"
|David and Dan discussing the hop yards.|
|Our volunteers knocking out a couple of rows.|
Afterwards, folks spent some time socializing and visiting, and a couple of folks signed on for tours with David, who showed them how the irrigation system works, along with some technical discussion of the trellis - our showstopper!
Like I mentioned above, with the plants in the ground, now we get on with the work of shepherding them through the growth phase. These exuberant plans were already sprouting while we let them come up to ambient temperature, so we kept them watered in preparation for planting. I think we're going to have leaves showing by Monday!