You are what your grandmother ate.
~ unknown

One of the things we love to do (at home and at our member-based/family-run bakery-cafe, Te Amo) is find creative ways to make the most delicious and comforting foods (the ones we feel guilty about consuming) more healthy. In fact, we aim to make them downright nutritious and health giving. Whether it’s greasy-goodness (yes, there IS […]

What is Nutrient Density 1 :: Why Sourdough?

March 8, 2023

In general organic agriculture is modeled after conventional agriculture with the exception that it excludes the use of toxic substances whether it be pesticides or fertilizers – and in the case of animals artificial hormones and toxic medications like antibiotics. Other than that there are generally more similarities than differences between the basics of organic […]

10 Ways Permaculture Goes Beyond Organic

December 20, 2022

People often think permaculture is just another term for natural gardening. I did. For many years until my husband announced that he wanted us to get our Permaculture Design certification in 2010. We were already “urban farmers” with goats, chickens, ducks, a garden and some fruit trees. Xoco was a little baby and Fia was […]

4 Ways Permaculture Goes Beyond Regenerative

December 13, 2022

Natural Hair Care that Won’t Pollute Land and Water

December 6, 2022

For the last couple Summers we’ve been offering our farm-crafted/home-brewed Kefir Sodas for sale at the Magdalena Farmer’s Market. We have managed to build up quite a store of kefir grains and are eager to share them as well as the process of making the sodas yourself at home. Of course we will still brew […]

Make Kefir Sodas at Home

November 21, 2021

We are new to living out of the city . . . to residing so fundamentally amidst primal natural forces that command and carry, that lift and that move us beyond the realm of the living. Of course, even when we were in the city we got a taste of these forces, but we had […]

Homestead Heartbreak :: death in life

October 25, 2021

Today is the time to celebrate not only the New Moon, but the Spring Equinox! As part of our Soup & Story series, we are having a simple ritual here at the farm led by Moona Cancino to celebrate the coming of Spring. Moona has been hangin’ out here at the farm for a few […]

Day 5 :: New Moon Equinox Ritual :: with garlicy carrot top recipe

March 20, 2015

Dear Hettie: I would like to have backyard chickens. Is it really as easy as people say? ~ Adrienne Well, Hettie says, “Haven’t you heard? Chickens are out. Ducks are in! You should really get yourself some Ducks!” I know what you’re thinking, of course Hettie prefers ducks – she IS a duck. How do I […]

Day 4 :: Ducks are the New Chickens

March 19, 2015

The last couple days we’ve been focusing on Permaculture Ethics. Another very pervasive idea in Permaulture is the idea of zones. The kitchen garden is zone 1 and the back 40 is zone 5. That’s the basic idea. There has been, and still in, a lot of thinking about zones 1-5 and how to use […]

Day 3 :: Zone Zero :: site plan of the psyche

March 18, 2015

All human beings have needs and they are pretty much the same for everyone. The truth is that the vast majority of the world’s population, rich and poor, is not getting their needs met. The poor are most often the focus of “Fair Share” conversations in permaculture circles and beyond. It is certainly true that […]

Day 2 :: fair share, self care and needs

March 17, 2015