After being retired for 4 years I was asked to come to Oregon to help with the construction of a multi grow site in a small town in southern Oregon. Been here 8 months now and may be here for the rest of 2017.

Draper Valley Farm in Southern Oregon

 
A lot of tractor work--for a city boy I thought I got pretty good on it. Nobody else did!

A lot of tractor work--for a city boy I thought I got pretty good on it. Nobody else did!

Coming up Rt 5 from California

Coming up Rt 5 from California

Lots of rainbows here- this is a double rainbow.

Lots of rainbows here- this is a double rainbow.

This is what the vineyard looked like when I first got there. The vines in the rear and the weed pots in the foreground

This is what the vineyard looked like when I first got there. The vines in the rear and the weed pots in the foreground

Eventually the Surveyers came in and started to layout the land.

Eventually the Surveyers came in and started to layout the land.

And dry it did.

And dry it did.

Eventually a new road was installed for access to the various lots.

Eventually a new road was installed for access to the various lots.

Picking grapes early October. I had just arrived and everyone was out picking grapes.

Picking grapes early October. I had just arrived and everyone was out picking grapes.

The first harvest was out to dry.

The first harvest was out to dry.

Finally they got me to work! Building a cover for the open well.

Finally they got me to work! Building a cover for the open well.

Can't think what that is!

Can't think what that is!

Getting ready to pour concrete.

Getting ready to pour concrete.

Using 1" PVC piping they made loops and covered them with plastic sheeting to form greenhouses. Pretty smart.

Using 1" PVC piping they made loops and covered them with plastic sheeting to form greenhouses. Pretty smart.

Here comes Matts building.

Here comes Matts building.

Photograph showing the old vines trellises on the far right and the new construction on the center rear. You can see where all the rows of grapevines were.

Photograph showing the old vines trellises on the far right and the new construction on the center rear. You can see where all the rows of grapevines were.

The greenhouse structure before being covered.

The greenhouse structure before being covered.

Here you can see Matt's building (12,000 ft sq) at the rear- the nearside wall structure going up and Jerrod and Kent's greenhouses in front.

Here you can see Matt's building (12,000 ft sq) at the rear- the nearside wall structure going up and Jerrod and Kent's greenhouses in front.

And it's all for this!!

And it's all for this!!

Which turns into this............and with more and more states approving medical marijuana and even recreational it's getting bigger and bigger.

Which turns into this............and with more and more states approving medical marijuana and even recreational it's getting bigger and bigger.

Stuck.

Stuck

Stuck

Getting Unstuck

The Clueless Farmer

So Ryan, God bless him, volunteered to crawl into the culvert to fix a PVC pipe to the roof so we could feed a high voltage wire through it. Here is a very specific shot of his bag covered arse! He may very well be breaking wind I don't know.

So Ryan, God bless him, volunteered to crawl into the culvert to fix a PVC pipe to the roof so we could feed a high voltage wire through it. Here is a very specific shot of his bag covered arse! He may very well be breaking wind I don't know.

And this monster crawled out of the culvert.

So anyway this homeless guy walked on the property dressed in a garbage bag-- well you can imagine--I wondered what institution he escaped from! It is, of course, Mr Ryan Cooper, Farmer Extraordinaire, The Culvert Rat, The Bag Guy, Vineyard Pest, et al!

So anyway this homeless guy walked on the property dressed in a garbage bag-- well you can imagine--I wondered what institution he escaped from!

It is, of course, Mr Ryan Cooper, Farmer Extraordinaire, The Culvert Rat, The Bag Guy, Vineyard Pest, et al!

Ryan comes in one day and he brings a fox he caught. He had a big beard in those days. Ryan that is, not the fox. Foxes always have beards.

Ryan comes in one day and he brings a fox he caught. He had a big beard in those days. Ryan that is, not the fox. Foxes always have beards.

Ryan in the midst of all that splendor--- all the growth that he is nurturing- it's a lot of work.

Ryan in the midst of all that splendor--- all the growth that he is nurturing- it's a lot of work.

Of course I had to get my face in there.

Of course I had to get my face in there.