Monthly Archives: August 2012

Choosing seed at Parr Field

Today we went to Parr Field to look for the individuals corn plants that will serve as seed for next year.  The most important thing that we were looking for were the biggest, tallest, and most mature plants of the … Continue reading

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Harvesting potatoes at Sol Feliz

Here are some of the potatoes we harvested today:blues, golds, and reds.  We planted about 4  pounds of potatoes and yielded just over 12.  I guess this is pretty good given the lack of water this year.  I did finally … Continue reading

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A bear visits Sol Feliz

Since we live close to the mountains and to a river, we often get accounts of wildlife in the area, either firsthand or through neighborly accounts.  This morning we noticed this bear scat on our road, s/he was likely going … Continue reading

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The rock garden is producing nicely

One of our most exciting implementation projects is this rock garden complete with cobble and sand mulch to retain moisture.  This garden was watered once with a sprinkler to aid in seed germination and then left to Nature.  As you … Continue reading

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Harvesting dry legumes for food and research

Today we got around to some harvesting of our dry peas and fava beans.  These kinds of crops, if not picked fresh for sweet peas or green beans, are best left until the very end of their life cycle to … Continue reading

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Finishing the horno

Today we finished the horno.  The best part was figuring out how to make the chimney hole in the back and putting the last brick in the top.  It got challenging at the end because the bricks would slide in … Continue reading

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A visit with Corrales YCC program

Today I made the journey to Corrales to give the Youth Conservation Corp program a presentation as part of AIRE’s program offerings.  This is the second time we presented to them, last year I spent a day with this YCC … Continue reading

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Capulín (chokecherry) harvest

I would say capulín is an iconic food of northern New Mexico.  It is native to the Americas, I hear the ones in Mexico have fruit berries that grow several times larger than ours.  About half of the berry is … Continue reading

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Starting to build the horno

Today we started building the actual horno!  First we made a big ‘X’ from corner to corner of the mesa, or base, of the horno to identify the middle.  Then we used two big nails and a length of string … Continue reading

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