In the old days of Hollow Hills Ranch & Homestead, there was almost always a garden and a few random fruit trees here and there. In early 2000’s the family put in an actual orchard of 29 trees. Due to some irrigation problems though, many of the trees have died. We still have 4 apple trees and one pear tree left. We are currently in the process of restructuring the orchard and scaling back some of the fruit tree plans. We will have apple trees, pear trees, peach trees, plum trees, sweet cherry trees, and pie cherry trees. Whatever we don’t use we will sell.
We will be adding fruiting shrubs and vines such as Elderberry, Blueberry, Huckleberry, Hardy Kiwi, Grapes, Thornless Raspberry, and Thornless Boysenberry. Whatever we don’t use we will sell.
Another feature to the orchard will be the Pumpkin patch, raised veggie garden beds, a couple hoop houses and a couple greenhouses. We will preserve what we want to keep and then sell off the excess. There are also thoughts of selling cuttings, but we will see!
We are toying with the idea of also growing mushrooms in a special mushroom shed as well. Several varieties are fairly easy to grow. This may be a bit down the road, once the orchard and gardens are going strong.
I have a Diploma in Medical Assistant with Limited X-Ray and one in Massage Therapy. This is where my love of Medicine comes in. I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since June 2009 and I’ve worked at a Naturopathic Dr Office since Nov 2007 (where I started as a Medical Assistant). This began my learning of medicinal herbs around the time I started there. I still consider myself a novice, but love knowing what I know! I am studying herbalism and aromatherapy. I enjoy the folklore behind the healing as well as the modern scientific approach.