by Corrine Zawaduk
Spring is here. The snow has melted off the field but still graces the mountains. The beavers have been busy building a dam in front of the Living Room Stage. The Salmo River is rising and the spring flood will wash it way.
The Rock Pit looks like a swimming pool. The water table rises. Try digging a hole at this time of year, and all you’ll find is water. The birds are back and the frogs are singing.
There is a giant nest with an eagle hatching out its eggs. Every year, the eagles add to the nest, rebedding it’s home. The nest must weigh 600 lbs.
Vinny and Friday, our mini-donkeys are officially “free range”. They have their pen & shelter, but we leave the gate open for them to come and go as they please. This morning they went down to the hay shed. The cows were nervous, as they hadn’t met them yet, and are protective of their babies. The donkeys picked up speed to make it to the hay barn. Funny donks!
There is a flush of green in the fields. We hope to get the first crop of hay off this month. Last year was so rainy that the second cut was still on the ground as the festival gates opened. It’s such a juggle between the weather, the festival and the hay.
Spring means the beginning of farm work. Work in the fields, and on the festival grounds – cultivating food, and cultivating culture.
Corrine Zawaduk is an Executive Producer of Shambhala Music Festival, and lives on the land the festival is held on with her family and an array of farm animals – dogs, cats, chickens, miniature donkeys, ponies, cows and pigs.