All full moons rise around the time of sunset. In general the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. As it moves in orbit around Earth, the Harvest Moon and Hunter's Moon are special because, around the time of these full moons, the time difference between moonrise on successive evenings is shorter than usual. This means that the moon rises approximately 30 minutes later from one night to the next, as seen from about 40 degrees N. or S. latitude. Thus, there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise around the time following these full moons. In times past this feature of these autumn moons was said to help farmers working to bring in their crops (or, in the case of the Hunter's Moon, hunters tracking their prey). They could continue being productive by moonlight even after the sun had set. Hence the name Harvest Moon.
The Dandelion Ranchers have been busy with yurt matters in the past two weeks. The 12' yurt that was at the ranch was taken down and a used 16' yurt was purchased to replace it. This new yurt will become a gardener's residence, part of the template we are concocting for our experimental urban farm model. Our friend Josh (on top), who used to work for Pacific Yurt Co., was of tremendous help in showing us how to properly dismantle and pack a yurt.
The kids, as always, were super helpful. They stacked some 250 bricks in the truck, part of the yurt woodstove hearth.
A mouse and her offsprings who were nesting in the stove pipe, were later discovered in the wood stove.
With all the rain and the full moon, the garden is getting pretty luscious.
Robin and the kids harvesting green beans.
Our 30 baby chicks are happy and well.
Next Garden Party
Wed. Sept. 14