Hallelujah! The rains are here!
After months of scorching heat, dehydrated soils, an abundance of tomatoes and greens, we’ve pickled all the leftovers and are now ready for our cassava, peanuts, muddy paths and soggy soil!
The heavens have opened up and abundance is falling from the sky.
Here’s what you should be planting right now if you’re in Indonesia:
🌱Cassava (for chips, mash, leaves, pie, cakes and so much more)
🌱Taro (for gluten free gnocci, mash and chips)
🌱Peanuts (for butter)
🌱all your Turmerics & Gingers (for teas, spice and our medicine cabinet)
🌱Rosella (for iced tea and jam)
🌱Pumpkin (for curry, frittata and cake)
🌱Eggplant (for bakes and roasting)
🌱Beans (for sauteed yumminess) 🌱Sweet potato (for bakes, chips, mash and cakes)
🌱Amaranth (for buttered greens)
🌱Passion fruit (for jam and to enjoy off the vine)
🌱Pineapple (for fruit salads) &
All your trees!
During these rainy days we’ll be making lots of compost for the dry season, planting our edges with more perennials, growing microgreens in the nursery, and cultivating more mushrooms.
Praise natural cycles that end and begin. Nature is the gift that keeps on giving!
Meet a couple who set up an integrated garden and a learning site for natural farming systems.
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Hear the story of Maria, @especiateconmigo, from a small town in Spain...
“One day I was chopping a tomato, and realised that it was as beautiful as it was tasteless, and remembered the aromatic tomatoes of my childhood.
That day I made a decision: to grow all the fresh produce I eat.
It was 7 years ago that I started my organic vegetable garden in a small village in Spain – Higuera de las Dueñas – and today, all vegetables I put on my plate are from my farm.
I’ve learnt to eat seasonal produce and adapt to what is growing best at each moment.
I also strive to use native seeds and preserve ancient species, and I enjoy sharing and saving my own seeds.
I love it when tiny seeds start to germinate, it is magical for me to see how seeds come to life.
I grow throughout the year, and prepare my own no-dig beds – I love seeing how plants grow so strong and vibrant in no-dig soil. There is no need to break the structure of the soil obtain great results.
A healthy soil grows healthy plants.”
What is one thing you’d do to change the food system?
“The first time I heard the Henry Kissinger quote "who controls the food supply controls the people" I was shocked, and many questions came to my mind. Who decides what we put on our plates? When you live in a big city like Madrid where most food is sold in hypermarkets it is hard to choose your food.
One of the things I would work for would be to stop the globalization of seeds, which would be a long process involving governments strong lobbies.
There are also some immediate actions that we, the people, could do:
We can look out for traditional or ancient varieties that can hardly be found in regular shops, as well as seasonal, local and organic produce, and choose small shops over hypermarkets, where most the fruit and vegetables – even the organic ones – are sold in plastic boxes and wrapped with plastic film.
I believe in many individual actions leading to a big change.”
Some photos I took around last Christmas.
I drive passed this dilapidated barn on my way to and from my favorite hiking spot and I always think about stopping and unfortunately, I remember only as I've already sped on by. On this particular day, I slammed on the breaks and backed up to trudge happily through the snow. I wasn't brave enough to go inside with the state of the roof and weight of the snow on it, but the sinks, toilets, and the aliens made it hard to turn down.
Well I gave this big girl one last good belly scratch. We move in a week, but this week was her last week earthside. She gets sent to the butcher tomorrow after living a good life getting love and attention. This is my first experience truly participating in raising an animal for food and I’m not going to lie my heart is wrenching a bit. Maybe a lot and being pregnant I’m sure isn’t helping. I care deeply for animals, but that’s also part of why we will continue to walk this road of raising and hunting for our food. It’s because our respect of love for the animals runs deep enough that we are happy to give them good humane wonderful lives vs buying meat from the commercial industry that does not provide good, healthy environments for their animals. Advocating starts in your own home, in your fridge and in your backyard. It’s the choices you make every day to work and provide respect and love for these animals even if it is harder. It is much harder than buying meat packed in plastic from the grocery store. Staying connected to your food brings a level of respect and adoration that I truly couldn’t ever explain until now.
We may be drought affected, but hungry mouths need to be fed!
Our little drought babies couldn't get enough sustenance from their mummy's unfortunately, but they're well looked after down here now.
We have had a last minute cancellation just before Christmas, so we've dropped our prices accordingly, if you're looking for a last minute bargain, this is your chance!
Stop in and feed the calves, whilst your here! Booking link in our bio!