Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cows~This Way Thursday and Think Green Thursday~022510

I took a detour to school this morning. Actually, I didn't go to school. I went to another school for training. I took the back roads of Thermal and Indio home, instead of driving home on the freeway. You know, I should do this more often! I miss the date groves. And, I'm sad to report, that many of them are being bulldozed and replaced by housing developments in Indio and Coachella. I used to drive past miles and miles of groves. Now, very few are left. They are being planted on the lower (south) areas of the Coachella Valley, but those in Indio and Thermal and even Coachella are barely hanging on....sigh...what a waste! I specifically drove by my cousin's wife's birth ranch, which now has a tenant. I was pleased to see neat rows of crops growing and it looked in good shape. I didn't have time to take any photos of it, since I would have been facing the sun in the morning. But, I plan on driving home this way now at least once a month, to check up on the ranch, and also to see how the date groves are doing. This particular grove is right down the street, almost across from the Thermal ranch! It seems to be a frequent practice of turning out the cows among the date groves as they do eat the grass and weeds which grow between the trees. And, these cows were VERY curious! Maybe they thought I was coming with food? This Way Thursay and Think Green Thursday for February 25, 2010.


Rambling Woods said...

It is sad when all this land is turned into some development. Since we moved here 5 years ago whole sections of forest have been cut down for strip malls.. it really is very sad... Love the cattle and I have to say that I hadn't known how dates were grown..sigh.. city girl me.. Thank you for posting this to Nature Notes Cheryl....Michelle

Carol said...

We have the same problem here in Florida with the Orange Groves. I remember the groves in your area husband and I used to drive truck and traveled that area alot.

Greenearth said...

So glad there is still somewhere for the cows to graze.