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barn day...

The Field Lab - 17 hours 48 min ago
Ben "helping" me clean out the barn today...  57,70,51,0,W
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Herd about the delivery...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2014/11/21 - 5:35pm

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Question: What is a great holiday gift?

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2014/11/21 - 1:25pm
Hint Hint . . .

I'm sitting in a cafe in Durango right now. Minutes ago I was chatting with a girl at the table next to me, we just met. She was putting together a few things I revealed about myself like that I'm from T or C, NM and wrote a book last year. She looked at me curiously and asked, "Is your book The Good Life Lab?" "Yes!" I answered in surprise. She bought the book for her mom last year. Her mom loved it. I decided to read this as the universe's way of reminding me to remind you, that The Good Life Lab is a great holiday gift.

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Durango - Animas Mountain

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2014/11/21 - 11:26am

This was our first hike on Durango's Animas Mountain.
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a ton of food...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2014/11/20 - 5:39pm
The boys love to see a trailer load of hay and alfalfa.  54,74,34,0,C
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ya get what ya pay for...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/11/19 - 5:41pm
Well...the little Chinese wood stove is officially a piece of crap - even worse than all YouTube reviews I watched.  It seemed like a good deal at $99 including shipping only because other retailers sell it for as much as $260 including shipping.  Although it functions correctly, the craftsmanship is embarrassingly pathetic and not worthy of TFL.  Been burning off the bad paint on it all day.  Going to go with my intuition of a DIY model along the lines of the suggestion of M. Silvius who was first to comment on my post about buying this stove.  Will clean up this one and offer it for sale locally for fifty bucks.  That's what I get for breaking the cardinal rule of Abe Connally who ultimately led me to this area..."Don't buy it if you can make it and don't make it if you can find it."  48,67,29,0,B
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The Red Zone

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 5:21pm

Success!  Finally passed the 400° mark with a solar oven.  Outside temperature in the shade rose from 40° to 52° while I preheated the oven for 2 1/2 hours.  When I loaded the pot with 2 cornish game hens and 2 sweet potatoes the temperature dropped from 405° to 325°.  Cooked the meal for 2 hours mostly at about 350°.  44,57,37,0,C
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The Field Lab - Mon, 2014/11/17 - 4:40pm
Just posted today by my friend Kirsten Dirksen - the queen of viral videos about sustainable culture.  39,48,27,0,C
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Hemp Bound Talk and Workshop

Home Grown New Mexico - Sun, 2014/11/16 - 9:29pm

Our gardening season may be over but our friends over at Carbon Economy Series still have some interesting programs coming up. Here is their next one.







Carbon Economy Series presents:
Hemp Lecture/Workshop
Friday Night Talk

Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 7-9 pm
Cost: $10
Speaker: Doug Fine
Where: Santa Fe Community College

Two years of worldwide hemp research that led to the book Hemp Bound.

Full Day Workshop
November 22, 2014
Where: Santa Fe Community College
Time: 9 am-5 pm
Cost: $99

• Latest development in hemp industry
• Panel discussion with industry leaders and trade experts
• Networking sessions.

For more info go to:

A Live Event With Doug Fine
Could it really be true? Seventy-seven years of prohibition of one of humanity’s longest-utilized and most useful plants is ending? It is true. And just in the nick of time. Humanity desperately needs a natural fibers-based replacement for petro- and chemical-plastics, GMO-based foods, and fossil fuel-based energy.  Hemp is that replacement: two years of research by bestselling author Doug Fine shows that anything petroleum, chemicals and GMOs can do, hemp can do better. We’ll learn how to make it happen in the ground and in the economy.

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Close Up Shop

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/11/16 - 6:55pm

We have had a few surprise freezes this week. This big one hits on Sunday night when we will drop into the teens. I've been covering our raised beds with plastic and cotton sheets. The hot crops below have been okay, but any tomatoes sticking out felt the freezer burn. Tonight is expected to have a low of 19F with windchill. As long as our kale, beets, green onion and chard keep producing I'm happy.
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Beard Beer

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/11/16 - 6:53pm
Appropriate beer for Movember. This guys beard was used as the yeast culture to make the beer. Nicely done, Rogue.

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What's love got to do with it...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/11/16 - 4:58pm
Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē[1]) brotherly love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God.
1 Corinthians 13:4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. 5  It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8  Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
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painting gig

The Field Lab - Sat, 2014/11/15 - 5:22pm

A friend out here got tired of looking at his old tin quonset hut garage and asked me if I would like the job of painting it.  Just happened to have a brand new Wagner Paint Crew sprayer that I bought before I moved here and has never even been taken out of the box.  Easy to use and works like a charm.  Four hours and five gallons later - over half of the original job is done.  He likes it so much, he wants me to do the inside as well.  I don't remember why I bought it in the first place, but it finally came in handy.  55,72,34,0,B
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someday soon?

The Field Lab - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 4:49pm
My friend Brandon came out just before the cold snap and got another flight in.  This was his 4th flight at TFL and his 30th flight since training.  I better get up in the air soon if I ever hope to catch up.  45,55,36,0,B
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more free energy

The Field Lab - Thu, 2014/11/13 - 4:05pm
Thoughts of free refrigeration and the vacancy inside the hut with the fridge on the porch for the winter got me to thinking about the heating season.  The idea of a wood stove really never caught my attention due to the fact that there aren't any trees on my property.  I happened to notice recently that my scrap wood and pallet pile has grown over the years.  The past two winters I have kept track of my propane usage for my Mr. Heater Big Buddy.  In 2012-13 I used 8 tanks @ $18/tank...2013-14 I used 6 tanks.  I thought about building a wood stove but did some digging online and found a reasonable altenative to a DIY model.  For less than what I usually pay for propane for one heating season I ordered this little stove to try out.  I reckon I have enough fuel on hand to last at least 3 winters and there are plenty of free pallets at McCoy's.  I just hope that keeping a wood fire burning won't loose its' charm.  35,43,31,0,W
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Desert Refrigeration

The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 5:10pm
FYI for those new to off grid living in SW Texas.  Refrigeration is accomplished energy free for about the next 4 months.  Overnight temperatures will keep your food cold in an insulated box.  Just moved my chest freezer (used only as a refrigerator) out to my front porch today.  37,48,35,0,W
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I'll Be Coming Around the Mountain

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 1:51pm
Thanks to some outdoor friends I've finally seen the light on how to run around our local Turtleback Mountain. Earlier this week I had been exploring a short cut, but the terrain made it less than desirable. Now I see that by adding two miles I should be able to run around the Turtle which is about a marathon length (~26 miles). I'm psyched about the new route because the elevation is a little easier, there are two water sources and exclusively trails and jeep roads. It will probably take five hours to complete due to the elevation. This Sunday or Monday I'll make an attempt for it probably with a friend or two.

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We have a Running Club

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 1:43pm
We found some trail runners to share our mountain with. Last week we did a full moon run together and this week we did a eight mile run up Sidewinder. We will continue to do weekly runs across the Rio Grande. I'm looking forward to seeing others on the trails as we share our favorite routes. Updates available on the "Run from TorC" Facebook Page.

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Crackers: Dehydrated Juice Pulp with Kimchi Juice

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 1:15pm
Sounds delicious, right? What could be more tasty then carrot and sweet potato pulp combined with kimchi juice remains. These crackers came out amazing! A new book from Storey Publishing called "Fermented Vegetables" turned us onto the idea of adding our leftover ferment juice to the pulp from our juicer to make crackers with a kick.

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Fondue Party

Holy Scrap - Wed, 2014/11/12 - 1:08pm
We had a 70's themed fondue party for Wendy's birthday last week. After scrubbing cheese and caramel off of the pots for two days I can see why people abandoned this form of cooking. What a mess, but it was a blast.

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