May 15, 2010

Can you call us Farmers yet?

Well, we did plant and harvest THOUSANDS of daffodils...didn't make any money...but does that count?


Our backyard venture.

First we marked out the garden. Here we are working hard on a typical Spring day in Washington...pouring rain.

The sun is out - yeah! We cleared out the grass - by HAND.

Then we had to clear out all the rocks. We didn't realize how rocky this place was...we may have never started had we known. It took three weeks to get all the rocks out.

Maybe it took so long because the farm workers were hiding in the trees. Can you see Naomi and Noah? I think you can click on the photos for close-ups.

Fun in the mud!

FINISHED! Our neighbors brought truck loads of manure over...and we were ready to plant!

Mr. Santos built up the beds and here is a picture of our "not so small" backyard garden. Looking forward to broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, kale, cucumbers, onions, melons, and zinnias.


The Santos Family U-Pick Farm...humble beginnings.

When Mr. Santos came to the USA from El Salvador many years ago, the only option for him was farm labor. However, he did not accept that option. He moved around the country looking for other opportunities, teaching himself English, and prospering.
There's a big difference between working out in the fields 'cause that's the only job you can get to working a farm for your own profit.

Happy and Independent Mr. Santos planting rows and rows of strawberries.

The farm laborers hard at work.

Unloading truckloads of compost.

Pray with us ~ for a bountiful harvest.

This is a picture of what comes wearily home every day. A tired, filthy, happy munchkin...learning early the value of hard work. We couldn't do it without them.

Beautiful sky to enjoy at the farm.


  1. Oh, what a lovely post. I enjoyed reading it and going through all beautiful pictures. What fun to see Naomi and Noah up in the tree.

    You are a diligent family, happy stewards of the land. God bless you with manifold blessings and a bountiful harvest. Love you guys!!!!

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  3. WOW! I LOVE this post! How healthy and happy all of the pictures look - seems like so many times we are surrounded by these THINGS and people who shy away from hard work - and here you are teaching your children and enjoying it. I can't wait to see all the wonderful home grown produce! Maybe I can come visit and eat it with you :-) (ps. with meat of course)

    Love you.

  4. Hello Ruth~ I love it when you come to visit...just seeing your sunny picture there brightens my day. Hope you are safe and encouraged today in your host country.

    Mr. Finnell~ Thank you for the invitation to your blog. It seems like a God honoring place to visit and I look forward to reading there as time allows. Thank you for visiting the Santos Times.

    Hello Lisa~wouldn't that be nice? Do you think you could come up this summer? I promise to barbeque for you. :)


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