Category Archives: Research

Rio Fernando starts flowing

Today I drove by the familiar bridge on Witt Rd and saw water coming down the river.  It seems early for this to happen, remembering that early in my life the river would flow year round.  The sight of water … Continue reading

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Reflections on the harvest of blue corn in Taos in 2016

It can be said that my experience with blue corn (maíz azul) is the reason I became interested in agriculture in the first place. You can read about my first experience planting blue corn here. Husking an ear of blue … Continue reading

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First frost at Sol Feliz Farm

Today is Dia de San Geronimo, an important feast day in the Taos area.  There will be dances and celebration at the neighboring Taos Pueblo.  We awoke this morning to a layer of ice on the windows of the cars … Continue reading

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AIRE presents at “Humanitarian Design Seminar”

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Trial and error with aquaponics

I checked on the Grow Dome yesterday to see how the system was running.  It was not as dramatic as the loss of fish, but I entered the Grow Dome and found about half of our plants dried up and … Continue reading

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Rio Don Fernando starts flowing

We noticed water in the river this past weekend.  There was some water in the river a couple of times in the last month or two but it wasn’t river flow, per se, but just some local snowmelt.  Now the … Continue reading

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Making biochar in a woodstove

We have been making biochar all winter in small batches by using tin cans we got from some “pirouette” cookies and a paint can that we found in an old garage that was exceptionally clean.  We poked a small hole … Continue reading

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Learning to slaughter lambs

Today we facilitated a learning experience in slaughtering lambs.  These aren’t just any lambs, these are high quality, grass fed, pasture raised, churro sheep.  We had three educators learn the process from a local slaughtering expert, Edward Gonzales.  All of … Continue reading

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Sorting the garlic harvest

This is our second year of going through our garlic harvest and separating it into different size classes.  This is useful to know how our garlic is doing and allows us to better answer questions around the effects of soils, … Continue reading

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Making compost at Sol Feliz

Today we completed an annual project which is cleaning out the chicken coop to make compost.  The wheelbarrow above is one of about 5 that we removed from the chicken coop.  This mixture of sawdust and chicken manure has been … Continue reading

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