|Of a Certain Nature…Sightings & Sounds at CommonWealth |
Friends drop by the CommonWealth Urban Farm community off and on for a few moments of quiet and to breathe in nature. Volunteers tell us how lovely it is to enjoy nature as they work on the farm. They tell us we should celebrate the beauty and wonder of this place. And so, we are!
Oh my gosh…CommonWealth is a virtual pollinator nursery these days, a witness to this adage: “Plant them and they will come”—pollinating plants, that is.
Check any Milkweed, Rue, Fennel, Parsley plant growing on the farm or our front yards and there are eggs, tiny or growing caterpillars. And the Monarchs, Queens, Emperors and Pipevines floating around are laying more! (In the photo below, Jody is showing a tiny caterpillar to our young CSA volunteer.)
We had brought a potted Rue in the house so that four Swallowtail caterpillars might make it through their transition. Now that they are chrysalises, I thought I didn’t have to watch their food supply anymore—only to discover that there are two new caterpillars from unseen eggs. I brought in more Rue for them—and discovered two more tiny caterpillars on it! Tis the season!—Pat