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Welcome to this site, all interested in resilient farming!

Welcome to this site, all interested in resilient farming!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Resilience in the San Juan Islands (May 6-8, 2011)

A glorious field trip this past weekend for the WWU/Huxley agroecology practicum course! Thanks to our farmer-partners for making this happen! And a special thanks to our cooks! 
At the Bullock Brothers' Homestead on Orcas

Thick planting of peas

Comfrey (bio-accumalator) and color-spot tulips

Grafting.....with unlikely companions

Onto Rhonda Barbieri's La Campesina project (Orcas)

OLR -- first certified raw milk dairy in Washington state (Shaw)


Onto some wetlands study.....

And, Lopez Island -- S & S Homestead (Henning Sehmsdorf), studying pasture management using rotational grazing and.....studies in fermentation (and fine dining).

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beltane, May sun, Ray Bradbury

Today is the first day of Celtic summer, and it was celebrated with Maypole Dancing and good music. It's also a good time to make Dandelion Wine -- the spring tonic of choice for those of legal age and sound mind.

I'm often asked for my recipe, which I've used for many years -- some of my wine is decades old now.

1 qt blossoms, stems removed
4 qt water
1 pkg dried yeast
1/2 c warm water
1 lb seedless raisins (or local fruit)
3 lb or 6 c sweetener
1 lemon and 1 orange (or local tart fruit), cut into small pieces

Pick dandelions and parboil for 30 minutes. Strain and let cool. Dissolve yeast in warm water and add to liquid, together with other ingredients. Let stand for 2 weeks and stir every day. Cover, but not tightly. Strain through cheesecloth several times until clear. Bottle; put corks on loosley.

When uncorking it, think of the spring/summer day in which you made it (this is Ray Bradbury's contribution, author of Dandelion Wine). 
Made today with full dandelions at their peak

2-week old wine made with young dandelions, now ready for straining and bottling

Potting and re-potting plants

It's a warm May Day and spring is finally here, even though summer is officially beginning (for all those Celts out there). Use the most robust medium for repotting any starts still too immature for outside.

Today I stirred some barrel compost (from Inspiration Farm) and celebrated warmer days. I used the spray on my starts as well as established plants.