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Cosmic Orchard

This blog space is intended to be a digital journal of my engagement with the moon and planets and the orchard. Every month during the growing season I intend to record Astrological and Astronomical happenings with observations from the field. I work with the Tropical Zodiac as it feels orienting to me to call the spring Equinox 0 degrees Aries, the summer solstice when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer as 0 Cancer, the fall equinox as 0 Libra, []

Earth Day 2021 and Anti-Racism Daily’s Youth Led Earth Day series offering: THIS IS OUR HOME

Happy EarthDay cider fans!!! Earth day is always the beginning of the growing season for Apple growers. In our orchard the diversity of varieties show their differences in how quickly they awaken from winter slumber. Some of the latest varieties to open like Brown Snout and Stoke Red are just barely opening their bud scales, the flowers still hidden and well protected from frost. Other varieties like Honeycrisp and Roxbury Russet have opened their buds to the potentially threatening environmental conditions and []

November News from The Orchard …and more

In the orchard…We are wrapping up the 2020 harvest with our final apple pressing this weekend. This means one last time for the sheep to get their favorite treat, pomace. There it is, all of the growing season distilled into two things, the pomace for our sheep and the cider for you! And now the orchard moves to slumber, read more in our Notes from the Makers section. At the table…We had the pleasure earlier this month to participate as the opening evening cider []

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Our county, Tompkins County of New York State, has declared today officially Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Our orchards (in Schuyler and in Tompkins County) are both on what are the traditional Cayuga Nation lands of the Haudenosaunee. It is our hope that someday we can be a part of land reparations.  In a small (too small we will admit) step towards that we at Redbyrd Orchard Cider have made a commitment beginning August 20th of 2019 to give a portion of every non-alcohol []