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

I mean isn’t it just a big stupid hassle?? As you may have read before, I’ve struggled with Easter in the past, making it feel relevant. For most of my adult life I just ignored it. Once I had kids I kinda had to think a little more deeply about it – so I could […]

Dying Eggs … Why Bother?

March 29, 2018

I went to the movies the other night . . . The film was called Wonderstruck and it was loosely related to museums. Anyway, at one point in the film, one of the narrator explained the phenomenon of “Cabinets of Wonder”. Wikipedia defines them like this: Cabinets of curiosities (also known in German loanwords as Kunstkabinett, […]

Cabinets of Wonder :: move over new age altars

November 17, 2017

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