You are what your grandmother ate.
~ unknown

We have been busy researching and preparing a small line of natural skin and hair care products for farm-stayers and beyond. We have an amazing simple all purpose bar that is great to use as a shampoo bar. And we are busy considering deep conditioning options. As a holistic homesteading mama, I believe in harnessing […]

Make a Natural Hair Mask for Silky Shiny Hair

natural hair mask

June 24, 2023

We love to find creative ways to make the most delicious and comforting foods more healthy. Whether at home and at our member-based/family-run bakery-cafe, Te Amo we make this a priority. We generally do this by taking favorite recipes and increasing their nutrient density by implementing traditional food preparation techniques – in this case sourdough. In […]

What is Nutrient Density 1 :: Why Sourdough?

Why Sourdough

March 8, 2023

Generally, organic agriculture is modeled after conventional agriculture. The main the exception is that it excludes the use of toxic substances whether it be pesticides or fertilizers. Additionally, in the case of animals artificial hormones and toxic medications like antibiotics are also excluded. Other than that there are generally more similarities than differences between the […]

10 Ways Permaculture Goes Beyond Organic

Beyond Organic

December 20, 2022

People often think permaculture is just another term for natural gardening. It actually describes a unique system that offers solutions beyond organic as well as beyond regenerative agriculture. I thought permaculture was synonymous with organic until my husband convinced me to dig deeper. He announced that he wanted us to get our Permaculture Design certification […]

4 Ways Permaculture Goes Beyond Regenerative

beyond regenerative

December 13, 2022

When you live off-grid you need to be extra careful not to pollute your land and water. Even organic and “biodegradable” products can have ingredients that are harmful if consumed by livestock or taken up by plants. It’s important to embrace a natural hair care system that works for you. Here are the basics: Here […]

Natural Hair Care that Won’t Pollute Land and Water

natural hair care

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. Many of our customers tell us that they find the soda healing and wonder how to make kefir soda themselves at home. We have managed to build up quite a store of kefir grains and are […]

Make Kefir Soda at Home

make kefir soda

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 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 to […]

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