On August 14, Hataya and Michelle packed up our seed Ofrendas and made the drive to Arvin, Ca. We were headed to The Cross, a landmark on the outskirts of the town where we and participants from the Armory workshop, indicated that we would place our offerings.
Orange flags mark the spot where we’ll took our Ofrendas. The flags are near a local landmark called ‘The Cross’
We arrived in Kern County in the early evening and by the time we got near The Cross, it was close to 7pm. The summer sun was getting lower in the sky and the landscape was beautiful.
This is the landscape as we drove on Bear Mountain Blvd, toward the hills just outside Arvin’s central downtown.
Hilly landscapes, browned from a hot summer
Looking towards the direction of The Cross. Narrow roads head into farm fields and orchards closer to town
We parked our car on a turnout off of Bear Mountain Blvd and made our walk to the base of The Cross.
After getting lost in endless fields trying to find a road directly to The Cross, We were able to park at a turnout off Bear Mountain Blvd, and climb down to The Cross through a broken fence. Here is Michelle with all of our gear.
Another fence next to a long dirt road
The sun was setting as we got to our destination
Finally, The Cross
First, we staked the Ofrendas into the ground to position them. Then, we took them off their sticks and buried them directly into the ground.
Michelle burying our seed Ofrendas.
Now what remains is to see if the poppy seeds will sprout. We hope there will be enough rainfall to grow our flowers. We will return consistently to see if our good wishes take root. Below are pictures of all the Ofrendas we planted that day. We’ll post updates and let you know what grows.