Sunday, July 29, 2012

Farm Stand, Sunflowers and a Duck

Our farm stand has now been opened for 3 weeks and the word is quickly spreading through the neighborhood.  Sales are increasing weekly thanks to our supportive community

Our Farm Stand hours are Mon., Wed. & Fri. 7:00-11:00am

Great relationships are being built and a neighbor is trading goat milk and cheese for vegetables.  Gaia Gardens is joining Time Bank and will be accepting TB$ for vegetables and workshops

 The garden is magnificent and healthy, and delights many visitors


A new bench now adorns the front of the garden - a great place to relax and watch the many birds (including a pair of falcons!) visiting the garden

 A rack has been added to accommodate our numerous visitors on wheels

Pearl the Pekin duck has joined our flock of hens and is as happy as a duck can be

During our kid-centered Wednesday afternoon, some boys asked to do some target practice with the air gun.

Followed by some wild surfing on the compost pile!

Dominique's Monday morning (7:30-8:00am) FREE Qigong practice is one of the many activities happening around the garden

Elise, one of the new woofers, showing our world record Armenian cucumber

Elias, another new wwoofer, shredding paper for our worm bin

Rosa and Poki back from harvesting 2 lbs of basil for Joe's Dinner, a great supporter of local organic farmers

Our friend Rashid from the Ta-Ha Mosque Food Distribution Program, picking up bags of vegetables for families in need.

Permaculture expert Tom Watson, discussing the upcoming August 11 Water Harvesting workshop with Dominique, James and Galen.

 Our tomatoes patch (over 300 plants) has been staked 

Our 3 sisters garden is doing well but we've had to be on patrol daily for squash bugs.  We are experimenting with using dill and Buffalo gourds as bug repellent

Dominique welding ornaments for the garden.  Our crew is beginning to create gratitude shrines throughout the property and along the bike path.  Anyone is welcome to join the effort.  For more info please contact Dominique

Our water system is working well.  The water schedule has been reduced to 12 minutes 3X day.  On Monday and Tuesday nights, the watering will be done with overhead sprinklers instead of drip irrigation, to give the entire garden a good soak before the full moon (see more here)


An horno is a oven of all kinds, however, in the Southwest it often refers to a wood-fueled adobe oven that has become an icon of the region.  This type of oven is usually constructed by intersecting two forms, the dome and the arch, of which are the basis for many other types of construction including Gothic architecture.  Employing earth extracted from the site, adobe offers many possibilities as a material that possesses great heat capacity; it has been and continues to be used as a means to thermally regulate buildings of all types both regionally and globally.  This two part horno construction class will cover all steps of building an horno.
Instructor Paul (Pablo) Navrot 
COST:  On Donation
Please register for workshop by emailing us

Learn to make your own medicinal preparations. In two afternoon classes, we will cover the basics of creating your own home remedies from local medicinal herbs. Class one: Drying and storing herbs and making teas and decoctions. Making alcohol tinctures. Dosages for teas and tinctures. Class two: Making herbal oils, salves, and poultices. Desert first aid. 

Instructor: Kelly Frith, L.Ac. Owner of Botanical Blends, LLC. Herbal instructor at Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine for 7 years.

COST: Sliding Scale $15-30 for both weekends
Please register for workshop by emailing us

The relationship between soil and water is essential to the success of life. The combination of the two is of course what makes life, and most of the food we eat. Tom Watson, a permaculture expert, will be discussing strategies and techniques such as water catchment, landscape design and rain water harvesting. The focus will be to capture all of the accessible water (drain water, rain water, etc), in this case around Gaia Gardens, and leading it somewhere it can be used to help with growth. The ultimate goal is for the participants to walk away with the knowledge and skills to apply at their own homes or living spaces. For more information on the techniques take a look at Brad Lancaster or check out his book series Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond.

COST: On Donation
Please register for workshop by emailing us

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Puppets, Hawks and Cucumbers

The farm stand is a success and our neighbors are a delight

A dog pole has been installed at the garden entrance with water for the beasts.  A bicycle rack is also being built as many of our customers ride the trail.

A new garden was created by the bike trail entrance, featuring cherry tomatoes, chile peppers and summer squash

The Santa Fe Sustainability Group, a new non-profit created by Maria and Thure Meyer, gifted us with 50 tomato plants and 100 Shishito Peppers

John and Dominique at the vegetable washing station

Our first Armenian Cucumber

Strawberries were planted in the upper garden, another gift from Maria and Thure Meyer

Kat, our newest farm intern, with our first harvest of beets

Our neighbor's bees enjoying the bird bath

One of the two resident hawks patrolling the property

Duskin, from the Milagro Community Center, bringing worms for the new worm composting area

Young carrots in love

Richard sifting compost from our first compost pile (started March 15)

Last Wednesday (5:00-7:00pm) kid-centered volunteer day was well attended and lots of fun

The boys got to use the garden as a race track without damaging any plants or irrigation lines!

Tomato Plants for Sales
Several varieties of Cherry Tomatoes, Stupice, Peron Srayless, Smooth orange, Wisconsin 55  
Small plants $3  Large plants $5

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

7:00am-11:00am  (Come at 7:30am for a free 30 min. Qigong class led by Dominique)
5:00pm-7:00pm (kid-centered afternoon with gardening, art-making and puppet theater)

Community Meeting and Potluck Dinner
August 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov.5  Dec. 3

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