Just across the little drainage from the hop yards is an "idle" field - at least it appears that way. But at the produce farm this field has two key purposes - one, it's a key forage area for the bees that will be busy pollinating the crops later in the season, and two, it's a food patch that serves to keep some of the deer at bay from the other crops.
David has a cover crop in right now that will serve to nourish the bees in the early going. As Tessie and I walked along I noticed the incredible view of Stonyman Mountain in Shenandoah National Park just over there in the distance, so I had to stop for a moment to admire it.
Then as we turned to walk back to the hops, I went to have a look at the apiary. It was too cold for much activity in the hives, so I was able to get close. I had to cajole Tess a bit to keep her away from the electric fence, fortunately this was a listening day for her and she didn't get a "life lesson."
But that could happen some day - I wouldn't bet against it.