Monday, August 6, 2012

Falcons, Adobe Bricks & Pink Potatoes

We've been blessed with spectacular skies lately

Dominique at the Santa Fe Farmers Market last Tuesday

Kat harvesting beans and Elyse harvesting basil.  Both Kat and Elyse are long-term Wwoofers

Ma and Pa

A group of enthusiastic kids from the Little Earth School helping weed the garden

Lots of visitors this morning.  Our volunteer hours are Mon., Wed. & Fri. 7:00am-11:00am.  Feel free to stop by and tour the garden or buy vegetables at our farm stand (open on same days/time)

Poki and Rosa harvesting potatoes


Rosa making mud cakes

Morning Glories

A young Falcon resting after crashing into the farm office window

Rabbit damage on a winter squash

Participants at the Horno (Earth Oven) Construction workshop last Saturday.  Part 2 of the workshop will take place on Sat. August 18, 9:00am-12:00pm (more details here)

Instructor Pablo Navrot demonstrating the making of adobe bricks

Participants at the Medicinal Herbs Preparations workshop last Saturday.  Part 2 of the workshop will take place Sat. August 18, 2:00-4:00pm  (more details here)

Our farm stand is getting a lot of attention being adjacent to the bike trail.  The New Mexican is running a story on Gaia Gardens, possibly coming out tomorrow.  This will be the third press coverage we are getting in one month!


Tonight August 6
Bring the kids and a wholesome organic dish
Next potlucks (Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov.5  Dec. 3)  First Monday of the month.

Mon., Wed. & Fri.  

Mon., Wed. & Fri.    7:00-11:00am
Wed. 5:00-7:00pm  (kids afternoon)


Horno (Earth Oven) Construction
Sat, August 18

9:00am – 12:00pm

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.
Please register for workshop by emailing us
Instructor Paul (Pablo) Navrot 
COST:  On Donation

Medicinal Herbs Preparations

Sat. August 18


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

Water Harvesting Workshop
Sat.  August 11

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

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