Saturday, August 17, 2013

Where have you gone, Reclaiming the Farm?

We haven’t posted in quite a while, and we apologize for that. It’s been a very busy winter, spring, and summer. Over the winter we were addressing one 'issue’ after another, just trying to keep up with the damage Mother Nature was doing to the house. The spring brought new issues, and we found ourselves working feverishly to save the orchard.

But, it was the summer that’s really had us doing back-flips. You see, in early summer, June 30th to be precise, the neighboring town of Yarnell burned to the ground.  The fire that consumed over a hundred homes in this tiny, picturesque community gained national attention. Not for the homes lost, but for the 19 local firefighters who died in the blaze. Yes, it’s that fire. The Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 of the 20 elite firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots.

The world knows about our Hot Shots. But, the world turns a blind eye to the others that were devastated by that fire. The people who survived. The people who lost everything except their lives.

This area, Yavapai County, is a collection of small towns, all revolving around the larger not-quite-city-sized-town of Prescott. No one town can really survive on it’s own. We’re dependant on each other to fill in all the gaps and function as a larger community. So, when one of us is in trouble the others step up.

That’s exactly what Yavapai County, and the whole of Arizona, has been doing for Yarnell. Stepping up... or, at least doing our best. We here at Wolf Gardens are no exception.

Da Man hasn’t been working much for his employer due to normal off-season stuff, so he’s been home with Da Kids and the Hippylady for the most part. Mom, on the other hand, has been spending 50-60 hours a week at the Yarnell Relief Center, volunteering as the maintenance manager for the facility. She’s also been trying to get articles written for her various publishers in the mornings and evenings.

So, things are busy here. Da Man is running horde at Reclaiming the Farm, and Mom is dead tired, but getting lots of experience in doing all sorts of useful things. The entire family does what they can to help with the Yarnell Rising effort.

So, if we don’t post for a while, or seem to go off on tangents, please forgive us.

If you would like to find out more about Yarnell, or what you can do to help, please visit any and all of the links below.

Yarnell Fire Fun
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A variety show will be held at the end of this month to help raise money to help rebuild the town. For more information download and print the image for this post.