Look at the picture of Laddie and me again and pay attention to the wall. It's made of rammed earth, a special technique that uses dirt to create an extremely solid, environmentally friendly building. Long Meadow Ranch's various components fit together like an ecological puzzle, with the flora and fauna working together and supporting each other. Laddie and Ted are committed to organic farming and have planned adding solar panels as a major energy source.
At a place like this, a big old friendly dog is an absolute necessity. I'm sorry, Laddie...I forgot the name.
This is the organic olive grove. Those are wild turkeys taking a stroll under the trees!
This rooster was so, well, COCKY! Proud, tough...all the girls were hiding behind him while Laddie collected the eggs.
The rooster guards the hens that lay these blue eggs (here they only look bluish, I suppose...you had to be there). Laddie says the eggs are pretty popular at the farmer's market.
It was a cool, damp day outside, so cuddling up on a nice, soft, warm bale of hay seemed to be a great idea.
Another one of these GREAT animals.
Another row of vines. Laddie explained that, unlike at other farms, they don't gather and burn the clippings (bad for the air, you know). They chip them up and return them to the base of the plants.
See, we could make a postcard, couldn't we?