Monthly Archives: May 2013

More aquatic plants in our Grow Dome

We are really getting excited about the potential of our Grow Dome.  Since we added some aquatic plants some time ago, we have seen the water quality improve dramatically.  This furthers our enthusiasm for integrating aquaculture and hydroponics into this … Continue reading

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Planting maize and beans at Sol Feliz

Massive day of activity today!  First all the compost was tilled in and the rows were made for our maize and beans. Here you can see David using the tiller to break up the soil.  We put a ‘hiller-furrower’ attachment … Continue reading

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Getting ready to plant maize at Sol Feliz

Finally we are getting the milpa going at Sol Feliz!  The first part of the process is to clear the field.  I use a brush-cutter or “weed eater” type of machine to do this quickly.  It can also be done … Continue reading

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AIRE congratulates the Chrysalis Class of 2013

As the growing season gets going, another cycle comes to a close.  We are honored to have gotten to know and work with the Chrysalis Alternative School graduating class of 2013.  Pictured from left to right are David Branchal, Desirae … Continue reading

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More prep and planting at our Mondragon Field

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First watering at Parr Field

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Preparing and planting the ‘Mondragon’ Field

We have been periodically monitoring and caring for a field we leased behind Chrysalis since we planted three rows of garlic last fall as well as our potatoes, alberjon (peas), habas (fava beans), and onions this early spring.  Now we … Continue reading

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3rd day of Planting at Parr Field

Today we finished planting the milpa section of Parr Field with the 5th graders.  When it was all done, we figured we planted with over 500 students and gave out 486 seed packets. Now all the seeds are nestled in … Continue reading

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2nd day of Planting Parr Field

Today we continued our planting activities at Parr Field with second through fourth grade students.  We almost got through our maize rows.  We were also joined by the students from Chrysalis Alternative School who were on a walking field trip … Continue reading

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Planting day at Parr Field

Today is our first day of planting at Parr Field which also happens to be Día de San Isidro, a patron Saint of agriculture.  Today we planted with kindergarten and first grade students from Enos Garcia and Ranchos Elementary.  This … Continue reading

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