Stan & Joyce Orchard

Trying to figure it out since 1975.

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” — Oscar Wilde

Taking A Break

Taking A Break

Been thinking about mowing this field. Starting to get a bit overgrown. But lately some of our deer friends have been resting in that same spot. So, mowing can wait.

Greenhouse Update

Greenhouse Update

Making slow but steady progress on our 16 x 24 hoop house. This guy and a smaller friend wandered through to check it out. So far, so good.

Welcome To The World

Welcome To The World

Ran to the store this morning and had to wait for this doe and her newborn to cross the road. Both were still wobbly.

Fuzzy Antler Time

Fuzzy Antler Time

Love this time of year. The colorful flowers, verdant scenery, and our favorite spring time sign: the return of antlers to our deer and elk friends. Velvety.

Greenhouse Build Begins

Greenhouse Build Begins

After a few years of researching, we finally got started on our hoop house. Biggest issue to this point: our ground is so hard, so many rocks and clay, it is like concrete. Excited that it’s actually happening.

Frosty Morning Visit

Frosty Morning Visit

These three strolled through just as the sun was coming up in the east while the moon was setting in the west. Nice start to another beautiful day.

Skunk Cabbage Arrive

Skunk Cabbage Arrive

Like the swallows to Capistrano, the skunk cabbage have poked their heads up to herald the arrival of spring in Hobart.

Let The Shedding Begin

Let The Shedding Begin

This may be the smallest antler we’ve ever found out here in our 36+ years on The Orchard Compound. But it’s a sure sign the deer and elk are shedding their winter attire and spring is close at hand. Can’t come soon enough.