Previously, I posted about the importance of knowing the basic topographical features of the land and prevailing weather patterns. I sketched out a nice little topo/weather map of the Must Bee Kiddin’ Farm property. On this map I outlined the major wind patterns according to season. It’s now spring in our part of Central Florida and Mother Nature takes this to heart. Throwing interesting weather combos our way better than a major league change-up is something she does best.
Most everyone knows the saying, “March; in like a lion and out like a lamb”. Well, March’s roar came early this year. Just before the close of February a cold front swept through our part of Central Florida dropping overnight lows into the mid twenties. Behind this cold, deep-sweeping northern front was a warm Caribbean blast. This warm, tropical weather movement developed quickly. Pushing through like an experienced marauder under the cover of darkness on high winds, it wreaked havoc on some of the taller sand pines around Must Bee Kiddin’ Farm.
The stormy weather rolled through off the Gulf of Mexico and put a hurtin’ on some of the farm’s meager assets. Challenge and farming go together like a hand in glove--one of the things I love about it (yeah, I’ve got some gamble in me). But, anytime there’s a piece of knowledge, wisdom or technology that tips the odds to our favor and gives us an edge...hells yeah!
I'd like to especially thank my farm neighbor Mike. On a moments notice he grabbed his chainsaw and helped out, saving me the fifty mile round trip back to the house. Note to self; load chainsaw in truck after a storm blows through. Hurricane season is around the corner and I'm forecasting much chainsaw singing around Must Bee Kiddin' Farm. //mr
In 2014 a couple of 40-somethings decided to make a change. The purchase of 10 raw, pine scrub acres along Florida's Nature Coast started it all. This is that story!