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spring migration

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/03/02 - 5:13pm
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2015 Santa Fe Seed Exchange

Home Grown New Mexico - Mon, 2015/03/02 - 8:57am
Santa Fe Seed Exchange
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If you are looking for seeds and ideas for your vegetable garden, come to the Santa Fe Seed Exchange on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 4 pm-7 pm in Frenchy’s Barn on Agua Fria and Osage Ave. The City Parks Division and Home Grown New Mexico are hosting this event for all community gardens, school gardens and home gardeners. Agua Fria Nursery donated over $750 of seeds so there are plenty of seeds available. Come even if you do not have any to share. Bring flower, herb, vegetable and other seeds if you do.

The Santa Fe Master Gardeners will be at the event with an “Ask a Master Gardener” table for gardening questions and will have seed starting handouts to give away.

The SeedBroadcast organization will have their seedbroadcasting station to answer questions about saving seeds and seed story recording equipment.  Tell your story about the seed, where you got it, how you planted it and more.  See their website for stories across America.

If you have questions, please contact:  or leave a message at 505-983-9706 and we will return your call.

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it's simple, really

The Field Lab - Sun, 2015/03/01 - 4:38pm
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
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21st Century

The Field Lab - Sat, 2015/02/28 - 4:34pm
Indoor running water thanks to Carolyn at H2O to Go.  35,54,29,0,B
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a day late

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/02/27 - 5:47pm
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nurses limited

The Field Lab - Thu, 2015/02/26 - 4:39pm
Two of my favorite girls brought me a wagon load of goodies and provided some good company (and mimosas).  I didn't get any sponge bath offers so I think they were really here to see Ben.  They both met him when he was just a pup... 40,58,34,W,0
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New Approach to Harvesting Honey

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2015/02/26 - 8:04am

Via Colossal

We found this post on the Colossal blog about a new beehive design that lets you harvest the honey without pulling combs and disturbing the bees.  While this may not be the solution for commercial operations it could be just the thing for backyard beekeepers with just a couple hives.

The Flow Hive is a new beehive invention that promises to eliminate the more laborious aspects of collecting honey from a beehive with a novel spigot system that taps into specially designed honeycomb frames. Invented over the last decade by father and son beekeepers Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the system eliminates the traditional process of honey extraction where frames are removed from beehives, opened with hot knives, and loaded into a machine that uses centrifugal force to get the honey out. Here is how the Andersons explain their design:

The Flow frame consists of already partly formed honeycomb cells. The bees complete the comb with their wax, fill the cells with honey and cap the cells as usual. When you turn the tool, a bit like a tap, the cells split vertically inside the comb forming channels allowing the honey to flow down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame and out of the hive while the bees are practically undisturbed on the comb surface.

When the honey has finished draining you turn the tap again in the upper slot resets the comb into the original position and allows the bees to chew the wax capping away, and fill it with honey again.

It’s difficult to say how this might scale up for commercial operations, but for urban or backyard beekeeping it seems like a whole lot of fun. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine these on the roof of a restaurant where honey could be extracted daily, or for use by kids or others who might be more squeamish around live bees. You can see more on their website and over on Facebook.

UPDATE: The Flow Hive is currently seeking funding on IndieGogo. So far they’ve raised $1.8 million in 16 hours.

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it's what's inside

The Field Lab - Wed, 2015/02/25 - 5:34pm
Just got a near exact duplicate of my leg hardware.  My insurance company was billed just over $9,000 for what they hammered into my leg bone.  This titanium tibial nail arrived (sealed in a sterile package)...cost me $50 on Ebay.  46,62,34,0,B
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cold flight

The Field Lab - Tue, 2015/02/24 - 4:07pm
Brandon came out and got one quick flight in this morning...cut short due to cold air and choppy winds.  Here he is taking off for flight #34 on his 43rd birthday.  31,48,29,0,B
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last ugly day of winter?

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/02/23 - 6:10pm
No precipitation but cold, cloudy, and windy all day...and I thought cabin fever was bad with two good legs.  30,47,30,0,B
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The Field Lab - Sun, 2015/02/22 - 5:34pm
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The Field Lab - Sat, 2015/02/21 - 6:27pm

My buddy Brandon is coming out Monday to fly again at TFL.  Can't help but think of all the flying I have missed since I chose to roll the ATV rather that jump into the sky.  Blackhawk Ranch is one of the places I am considering for additional training once I am able.  63,76,52,0,B
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vela creations

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/02/20 - 4:46pm

From the folks who first lead me to the area...a revamped website and a new book for sale.  58,71,44,0,B
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splint wrap

The Field Lab - Thu, 2015/02/19 - 6:13pm

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something for the boys

The Field Lab - Wed, 2015/02/18 - 4:23pm
Something perhaps to divert Bud's attention away from destroying the barn.  54,71,30,0,C
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boot cam

The Field Lab - Tue, 2015/02/17 - 4:27pm

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lost a day

The Field Lab - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 4:21pm
Lost my Saturday due to another extra night swamped out.  Got stuck at The Mission Lodge with no wifi.  Had to resort to regular TV for my evening entertainment.  Forgot how painful it was to watch a movie with commercials every 10 minutes.

Before I finally headed home Sunday afternoon, I had a chance to visit with Dr. Doug for the first time in a very long time.  ATV accidents at top of the conversation list.  His brother Jon had a very nasty one just Saturday.  He flipped over backwards and the vehicle landed on top of him.  He was taken by ambulance to Alpine then airlifted to Lubbock with a broken nose and several broken ribs and so far has spent 2 days in ICU.  45,57,48,0,B
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The Best Part about Visiting Arizona in the Winter

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 3:54pm
Citrus. It's everywhere and people love to share the abundance. I feel like Hunter S. Thompson carrying a bunch of grapefruits everywhere.
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Black Canyon 100k Ultra Race

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2015/02/16 - 12:41pm
This weekend I ran my first 100km ultra (62 miles), just north of Phoenix, AZ. It took me 15 hours to complete it. The heat (86F) and elevation gain (7,000+’) were significant factors. I’m happy to report that I just have one big blister and that I did not fall in spite of the trail being rocky from start to finish.

The biggest surprise in this race was how fun it was to connect with the other runners while on the course. I’m used to running alone with my headphones on. It was a totally different experience to meet up with people and hear their stories while running. In a way it felt like I was a kid playing with friends. We were all just out there for 15 hours, having an adventure. With aid stations feeding the runners snacks every 8 miles, this sense of play felt supported.

There were extremes, such as a huge drop rate (nearly 50 out of 140 people did not get to the finish line). While running at night in the dark I heard guns being fired all around and one point a group of five us heard a bullet flying through the grass near by.

I’m proud of myself for not getting lost and for managing my needs like carrying enough water, salt pills and food. Aside from some foot, calf, and quad cramping that slowed me down, this was an ideal first 100k race experience. Especially since the distance and elevation are both 2x more than I have ever attempted.

While I ran the 100k Wendy ran her very first race, an18k with a lot of elevation gain. She started out at noon and in the midday heat. I keep telling her that she ran a perfect race because she ran according to her heart rate, keeping it at below 160 until the final couple of miles and then running in hard. That takes discipline and its what makes people able to run far distances.


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keep evil away

The Field Lab - Sun, 2015/02/15 - 3:37pm
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