A long time ago humans used little rituals to bring about favorable weather. These were prayers, earth-works, and everyday practices quite normal to the typical agrarian being. Now-a-days we tend to focus on the bad news: the fires raging on TV or disasterous statistics online. I wonder, is being so "informed" really helping ? What… Continue reading Water Workings
I love germinating - it is a part of my daily and weekly routine and has been for a number of years now. Despite my love of sprouting grains, I find it challenging to write about germinating grains in a fun, inspiring way. My wish is to spread the word about this simple way to add some extra nutrition to our diets. And so, I continue to write and hope to find a an inspiring thread here somewhere.
Images from the winter garden: - June & July are the coldest months here in Argentina. Not many plants survive these frosty times but I go out into the garden daily to appreciate the plants that are there: lemon balm, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, and nettles. Most often I spend my gardening time adding layers… Continue reading Garden Journal : winter and rest
In my last post I discussed a food forest / garden that I have helped out with over the years. This post I wanted to share some of my favorite podcasts on the topics of ecology & permaculture. Hopefully these will inspire you as much as they inspired me: Sustainable World Radio Gardening, herbalism and… Continue reading Study Materials for Inspired Gardeners
I have been blessed to have had the chance to be a part of two food forests in the past few years. One of them, the forest garden I will focus on for this blog post, is a collaborative garden in my parent's backyard. Over the years my mom and I have planted a small… Continue reading Food Forest :: a never ending work in progress
Life on a farm rotates betweens rewarding days and confusing days, at least for me anyway. Some days I feel like I achieved so much and perfectly balanced my work on the computer with my real life digging in the dirt. Other days I feel like I started a dozen projects but didnt actually accomplish… Continue reading Homesteader Diary :: So Many Baby Animals!!
After several rainy days, then sunny days, the yarrow is bloom and the mullein is getting ready to bloom too. Here in South America we are in the middle of spring and though this farm is situated in the neo-tropics, we are at 800 meters above sea-level and temperate climate herbs like yarrow, mullein, and… Continue reading Herbalism of Spring
After a few months of grazing a horse in the front pasture of this farm, Ringo (the horse) has been moved to another grassy field. This is our version of rotational grazing and gives the field a break to rest & recover and gives the flowers and grasses a chance to bloom. Ringo is currently… Continue reading Grazing for good
Now it is spring and edible flowers are back! Although not all flowers are edible many are and here are some of my favorite flowers to throw into a salad of lettuce greens. Pictured above are oaxalis (the tiny pink flowers), borage, and white clover. A colorful salad to accompany a main course tends to… Continue reading Salad Self-sufficient
Over the past few months I've embarked on some new DIY projects using plant materials that grow abundantly where we live. Especially the flexible branches of weeping willows. There are lots of informative tutorials online about how to make baskets and trays with branches and other fibers. My method, however, is to just freestyle and… Continue reading Crafting with willow