Monday, April 20, 2015

Seed Balls making party Thursday April 23, 3:00-6:00pm

 












   

Please join us this coming Thursday afternoon April 23 from 3:00-6:00pm for our seed ball making party.  Bring your kids.

We plan to spread hundreds of seed balls in the area between the farm fence and the Arroyo trail to turn that area into a feast for the eyes and the bees.

A Seed Ball is a marble sized ball made of clay, earth, and seeds that is used to replant areas where the natural flora has been destroyed. Also, referred to as seed bombs for guerrilla gardening, who first developed how to make seed balls is a bit of a mystery. Some say it originated in Egypt while others claim Japan or Greece, but the important thing is that the native plant seed ball has now been used around the world to reseed land that has been abused by man or by Mother Nature herself.
Before the development of the native plant seed ball, reseeding some natural areas was difficult. The traditional method of broadcasting seed comes with several major drawbacks. The seed is sown on top of the soil where it may be baked dry by the sun, blown away by the wind, washed away by heavy rains, or nibbled away by birds or other small wildlife. Very little is left to germinate and grow.
Making seed balls addresses all of these problems. These clay balls protect the seed from the heat of the sun. They’re heavy enough to be unaffected by the wind or heavy rains and the hard clay casing deters animal nibblers as well.




Why Seed Balls Work
In dry areas, the shape of the ball actually gives enough shade to conserve moisture. The seeds begin to germinate and the ball breaks apart. The small pile of crumbles provides the start for the root system, but is still heavy enough to anchor the emerging seeds to the ground.
The small leaves of the new plants provide enough shade for the soil to conserve more moisture. The plants then mature and produce their own seeds and provide shelter once the second generation seeds fall to the ground. The seeding and regrowth continues until complete plant cover is achieved. Making seed ball gives nature the extra boost it needs to make things right.

Please park on our side of the street.  If you bring a dog, it needs to be on a leash at all times.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Aerated Compost Tea-Probotics for the Soil

Our Compost Tea Brewer
















WHAT IS COMPOST TEA?
Compost Tea is a naturally aerated liquid solution brewed in a compost tea brewer that is teeming with beneficial microorganisms (all species of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi) and soluble nutrients extracted from compost.  The aeration in Compost Tea creates optimum levels of oxygen for growth and reproduction of beneficial aerobic microorganisms. Compost teas are now being produced and used in large-scale agriculture, viticulture, horticulture, nurseries, lawn care, and residential gardens.

HOW IS OUR COMPOST TEA MADE?
The quality of the tea is only as good as the compost used to make it.  We use our own worm castings made at the farm because of their highly diverse microbial composition.

 

15lbs of fresh worm castings are brewed in a 55 gal drum of well water.   Organic apple juice, organic kelp and humic acid* are added to the mix.  An electric bubbler runs air through the tea for 48-72 hours.  The combination of sugars from the apple juice, kelp, humic acid and oxygen help the microorganisms and fungi multiply in the tea. 

We bottle our tea at 6:00am on Sat. before the Farmers Market.   Compost Tea is highly perishable and must be used within 6 hours to preserve its microbial qualities

BENEFITS OF COMPOST TEA
•    Improve plant nutrition by increasing nutrient availability in the root system
•    Increase plant growth as a result of protecting foliage with beneficial organisms, preventing disease-causing organisms from weakening the plant
•    Increase plant growth as a result of improving nutrient retention in the soil, and reduce fertilizer use
•    Reduces water loss and improves the water retention of the soil thereby reducing the need for frequent watering
•    Improve and build a better soil structure

DIRECTIONS FOR APPLYING COMPOST TEA
Compost tea is a biologically active liquid concentrate that is very perishable. It should be used as soon as possible after bottling. The millions of live microorganisms in the tea use up available oxygen very quickly in the confines of a small container where they can go dormant. Our goal is to put as many active organisms as possible back into the soil or onto the leaf surface, so apply the compost tea as soon as you arrive home.
Compost tea is normally applied at the rate of five gallons of concentrate per acre.
 

As a soil drench, we recommend 2-3 applications during the growing season. Beneficial organisms can't live long on the leaf surface, so foliar applications should be made every 10 days during periods of high disease pressure.

* Humic Acid is a principal component of humic substances, which are the major organic constituents of soil (humus), peat, coal, many upland streams, dystrophic lakes, and ocean water. It is produced by biodegradation of dead organic matter. When applied to clay soils, humic acid can help break up compacted soils, allowing for enhanced water penetration and better root zone growth and development. When applied to sandy soils, humic acid adds essential organic material necessary for water retention thus improving root growth and enhancing the sandy soil's ability to retain and not leach out vital plant nutrients.  Today, there is a recognized and increasing use of humic acids for their beneficial impact on the growth and cultivation of crops (vegetable & non-vegetable), citrus, turf, flowers, and particularly in organically-deficient soils. Humic acid is not a fertilizer as it does not directly provide nutrients to plants, but is a compliment to fertilizer. Benefits include:


•    Addition of organic matter to organically-deficient soils
•    Increase root vitality
•    Improved nutrient uptake
•    Increased chlorophyll synthesis
•    Better seed germination
•    Increased fertilizer retention
•    Stimulate beneficial microbial activity
•    Healthier plants and improved yields



NOW SELLING COMPOST TEA and EARTH WORMS
  
Starting tomorrow Sat. April 18 at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market (8:00AM-1:00PM) we'll be selling Compost Tea ($8/gal or $3/quart) and Earth Worms ($13/quart)
You can also come to the farm on Friday afternoon to get your compost tea.  ($1 off if you bring your own gallon jug) Please call ahead of time.

We only bring a small amount of compost tea due to its highly perishable nature.  If you want some, please email poki@nodilus.org to reserve your jug.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CSA 2015 - Offering Shares

 
We've been offering CSA shares for the past two seasons and will be doing it again this year.  

Each week, from June to October (20 weeks), CSA members pick up a box of produce grown at the farm (sometimes supplemented by produce grown at one of our sister local organic farms like Green Tractor and Synergia Organics).

Being part of our CSA means engaging in the rejuvenation and strengthening of truly local agriculture, and becoming more indigenous by eating food grown with your involvement, your caring and your prayers.

In offering a CSA, our intent goes well beyond providing people with the freshest and most nutritious food.  We want to offer an opportunity for CSA members to genuinely get acquainted with the farm, the farmers (and the chickens) who grow their food.   

Our CSA offers the opportunity for you to reconnect with the rhythms of nature by eating produce when it is in season. We also offer individuals who join our CSA an opportunity to reunite with the Earth and community in a meaningful way, while often rekindling a quality of spiritual nourishment they may have been missing.

Joining our CSA comes with a requirement to participate in the life of the farm so as to develop an intimate connection with the source of your food as well as your community. 
  
We are passionate about what we do and how we do it.  We make our own compost and potting soil.  We use Biodynamic principles and make some of our own Biodynamic preparations. We pamper our plants and cherish our soil. 

What we offer is priceless and our true joy stems from the circle of relationships we create around the farm, and the opportunity we offer for families and children to come visit the farm and soak up the energy emanating from a piece of land stewarded with love and in community.

Each year we offer 20-25 CSA shares and give priority to families with children. 

If interested in joining our CSA, we want you to seriously consider whether you can or truly want to contribute to the life of the farm by donating at least 2-3 hours a month.  The quality of your presence is what matters.  We always have plenty of things for you to do, from very simple such as cleaning a kitchen or sorting plants to harder, more physically demanding work if you need the exercise!  If you have children, by all means bring them to the farm to play in the dirt.

If interested in joining our 2015 CSA, please request an application here.

We look forward to growing nourishing food for our community.

Dominique, Poki, Melanie and Rachel
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!


















Ready to plant your garden?   (after that rain, the conditions are ideal!)

Starting tomorrow Sat. March 21, we'll be selling our world famous organic and Biodynamic vegetable, herb and flower starts at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. 

We are also selling seeds and flower essences.

Our seed booth will be inside the Farmers Market Hall and our plant starts booth will be outside.

VEGETABLE STARTS
Kale Curly
Kale Russian
Kale Nero (Dino)
Mizuna
Spinach
Cabbage Green
Cabbage Red
Collard
Chard
Tatsoy


FLOWERS
Cosmos (Candy Stripe)
Cosmos (Psyche White)
French Marigold (Lemondrop)
Bachelor Button (Polka Dot)
Zinnia (Thumbelina)
Calendula Resina
Sweet Pea (Knee High Dwarf)
Golden Marguerite


HERBS
Borage
Cress
Mammoth Dill
Yarrow
Chamomille


Some of our tomatoes

Our new propagation house



Rachel, one of our interns

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Organic Gifts for Christmas





Seeds
Healing Salves
Flower Essences
Gift Certificates ($25, $50, $75, $100)

available at the Saturday Farmers' Market or online here


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gifts for the Holiday Season-Flower Essences, Healing Salves and Seeds

Looking for something unusual, handcrafted, organic and locally made for a Christmas gift?

This year, we've been making Flower Essences and Healing Salves with Certified Organic flowers and herbs grown at the farm.

During the next 4 Saturdays, up until Christmas, we will be selling these products at the Farmers' Market along with our Certified Organic Seeds.  We have adorable gift boxes for all these items.

These products are also available year-round through our website under "Products". 

See our complete list of products and their qualities here.

Please visit us at the Farmers' Market to get your very special complimentary Holiday hug...

Thanks for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!  

Poki and Dominique



 



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Last Day of our Fundraising Campaign!

























The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. 
Abraham Lincoln


So far, we've raised $18,000 through Indiegogo, $1,500 through mail-in donations, and a private foundation is willing to grant us $100,000.  We are almost there!

Visit our campaign and please contribute if you feel inspired.

Campaign ends tonight Nov. 4 at 11:59pm Pacific Time


Thank you for all your Love and Support!

Poki and Dominique