Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spring Busy-ness

We are a few weeks into our spring Internship and having a wonderful time with a great group of people. The sun is shining, the flowers are bursting, the trees fruiting, the birds singing… just a heavenly springtime delight.

The gardens have been getting a lot of love and compost, as well as some new additions including a medicinal plant bed and an herb spiral.

In the background you can see mounds of dirt and a giant hole we had dug for a future fish and duck pond. It hasn’t been sealed yet, but our last big storm filled it up… and it even got tested for swim-ability! Our neighbor did us the favor of bringing his oxen back for a visit and they plowed up a little piece of land near the river. We planted mandioca, corn, squash, and peanuts in the field.

The seeds are in the ground and starting to sprout! What wonders will come, and when?

A bean-and-squash teepee for a shady retreat later in the summer…

The Earthen cabin is underway, and going up gorgeously with adobe bricks and plenty of bottles.

During the springtime rainstorms, we have been keeping busy in the kitchen making peanut butter, jams, cheeses, and Marcelo’s favorite, lemoncello.

We are making fermented fruit medicines (E.M.), herbal tinctures and ointments, and (in the photo) medicinal mud for internal and external therapy.

Other farm news, we have several new chicks (yes, Nurkle’s finally a mom) and maybe some baby kitty’s coming soon…

We started the adobe bread oven in the kitchen. The base is done, but we are taking our time on the rest, so the actual oven will be a project for the near future.
More updates to come as our spring blooms.

1 comment:

pamela said...

Yay! Finally!! Thanks for the update. Lookin' awesome :)
Miss you, Mama Roja!