Mama is gone in the morning, taking care of some things. The girl is home with me, getting ready for the day, picking out clothes appropriate for the weather, our activities, nothing is left unconsidered.
She comes out with a purple dress, reminds me of a peasant girl dress. She says it has a slip that's attached, and that it's hanging lower than the dress, so you can see it. (No matter that the slip is the same purple.)
I tell her I can work it out and give it to me. I dive into the world of girl clothes. I discover that there are shoulder straps associated with the slip, and those help to hold the slip higher, so it doesn't show.
The SJAA General Meeting we held last Saturday evening was fantastic!
Connie Rockosi, from UC Lick, talked about her work figuring out how galaxies form over (very long periods of) time. Some things that I found interesting and wrote down:
- galaxies are not evenly distributed througout space
- density perturbations -> gravity -> galaxies?
- there is a spherical halo around our home galaxy, the Milky Way, made up of regular matter and... dark matter?
- dwarf galaxies, such as the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy, orbit the MW - are these the mass/density perturbations that are shown in the models?
- we are/the sun is about 8 kilo parsecs from the center of the MW
- tidal tails, as they are called, result from galaxies or star clusters coming close to other mass densities, such as other galaxies or clusters. Palomar 5 is a great example of an object with very well formed tidal tails. http://www.seds.org/~spider/spider/MWGC/pal05.html
We also heard from Cynthia Denny who talked about the Save Our State Parks initiative, which will create a trust fund for California State Parks. http://www.savestateparks.org/
I mentioned in a previous post that we signed up for shares in a local farm, two farms, actually. This is a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, program.
This past Wednesday, which happened to be St Patricks Day, we received our first drop. We received the pick up info via the weekly newsletter, and the pick up site was someone's house in a nearby neighborhood. There were lots of things in the box, Portuguese kale, baby turnips, cabbage and more.
I brought the bounty home after work and since it was SPD, and Rita already had a corned beef slab in the crock pot, she immediately took to the cabbage, quarterdd it up and proceeded to steam it. Perfect timing, no?
We also got Chantenay carrots, which were a bit fatter and squatter than you normally would see at the market. But eating these raw, it's amazing how much of a unique flavor they have. I've never considered carrots to be sweet, but these do have a sweetness to them. Very cool!
Suffice to say, we are pleased. The goods were really flavorful and the amount was probably just right for a family of four, for a week.
Two Small Farms is a collaboration between High Ground Organics and Mariquita Farm in Watsonville and Hollister. They grow organic specialty vegetables, greens, strawberries, flowers, and herbs for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Francisco counties, and Silicon Valley.
As with most CSA farms, they hold special events at the farm and encourage CSA members to visit. One of our friends was a member of TSF's CSA program last season and had good things to say about it. After learning about Community Support Agriculture a couple of years ago and identifying some local farms' programs last year, we finally dove in today and joined up.
Since it's our first time doing this, we initially went with their starter package. It's a four week trial to see how things go and get a feel for the logistics of having to pick up the goods every week at a specific location within a specific time period. I have a feeling that we'll re-up, go with the nine week program, then end up doing the entire season.
My main excitement about this is the opportunity to visit the farm, and with it comes the feeling of being part of the action, part of a community that cares about where their food comes from, how it is produced (from the earth, not a store!), and the health of the family, community and the earth.
The cooks in our house will need to learn lots of chard recipes. Word on the street is that is a staple from TSF!