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Alpine safari

The Field Lab - Mon, 2014/07/21 - 5:51pm
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Doug Fine - Mon, 2014/07/21 - 10:58am


Admittedly the competition is weak with only “Erik Estrada Sings the Standards” and “Yo Gabba Gabba On Ice” sharing the road this fall, but you really do want to check out the Hemp Bound live event tour. You don’t even need a babysitter: it’s family friendly except for a couple of photos of Harry Anslinger.

The rollicking and rigorous, funny and timely Hemp Bound show (like the book, only with slides and 17% more jokes) discusses a model for tri-cropping hemp. That means three uses for one harvest: seed oil (very profitable to Canadian farmers as we speak), fiber (hemp fiber is in Mercedes door panels today) and energy (through biomass gasification).

Here’s a sample as aired on CSPAN following a recent event in Denver. I’ve looked into it, and it’s pretty rare for a  domestic hemp crop blessing to be broadcast on national TV. Same with a display of an 18th century hemp-bound book in mint condition. And for anyone not named Harrelson to be dressed head to toe in hemp.
Hemp is returning so briskly that even I have trouble keeping up. Each day brings new developments, in policy and in the fields. At every Hemp Bound event so far, someone has approached me to discuss birthing some leg of that tri-cropping model that (I still can’t believe this) Willie Nelson calls “a blueprint for the America of the future.”

At the Colorado Hemp Expo in April, a fellow collared me at the refreshment stand and said, “I came here from New York to figure out where to invest in hemp and now I realize I want to  wholesale those gasification units to farmers.”

Game on. This is not a dream. It is really happening. I have a dozen more stores like that, and the book is just out.

The tour is bouncing from South Carolina to Slovenia, but it starts in Hawaii. That one is called the inaugural Maui Hemp is Hope Conference and Workshop, and it’s close to my heart.
The whole first class shebang is a labor of love by the the nonprofit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. Those good folks, with help from the Maui Farmers Union and the University of Hawaii Maui, are crowd funding this week to defray costs as they bring in hemp experts from around the world to the place that might need hemp the most: for soil remediation, local food and energy. Hawaii is on it — one of 15 current hemp cultivation states.

Then the tour moves to the 21st Seattle HempFest, before touching down in once and future hemp industry powerhouse Pennsylvania (Twice: I’ll beat the Mother Earth News Fair and at Franklin and Marshall College).

Then in to DC (keynoting the Hemp Industry Association Conference), Portland, California, and back to Colorado in October — in time for the first state-sanctioned commercial hemp harvest in the United States this century.

I’m excited about these upcoming two dozen tour stops, because they mean hemp is returning to the soil planet-wide. Once you read Hemp Bound, you realize that this is pretty much crucial for humanity’s survival. I’m particularly psyched to bid goodbye to petroleum-based plastics and chemical-soaked construction materials. Hemp’s out-performance of these is well documented in the book.

All of the fall and winter events are here at:
And there you can also make contact if you’d like to book an open date.

See y’all there, if I can get the Monsoon-erased Funky Butte Ranch back diamond driveway re-engineered. The annual and expensive desert havoc is worth it, for the moisture in the cells and the hummingbirds in the datura blossoms alone.


Funky Butte Ranch, NM

Hawaii State Senator Cynthia Thielen  (R-Oahu) Tours a Belgian Hemp Farm

Doug Fine, Solar-powered Goat Herder (I-Land of Enchantment), Tours a Belgian Hemp Farm. (Farmer: Ingrid Maris)

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About the size of New Jersey

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/07/20 - 5:10pm
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DIY Cream Cheese for Ketogenic Diet

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2014/07/20 - 3:53pm
I've spent at least two years trying to figure out a way to eat that settles a bad case of reflux. I tried Ayurveda, quit caffeine, citrus, chocolate and I've been doing a crummy job of quitting alcohol. I don't want to stop drinking wine. This month I'm trying out a ketogenic diet, mostly known for it's helpful benefits to folks with epilepsy.

Ketogenic diets create a shift in the body caused by seriously low carb consumption. The body becomes efficient at burning fat instead of carbs. Logically, it's a high fat diet: 3/4 fat, less than 1/4 protein, and less than 100 grams of carbs (from non starch veggies and no fruit). This diet excludes bread, grain and all variety of wheat.

I don't have epilepsy and I'm not doing it for weight loss even though that's often the outcome of a keytogenic diet. From the very first day on the diet my belly settled down and went quiet. As far as reflux symptoms which range from pain between the rib cage to hoarse voice, and gas, the only remaining symptom after five days is horse voice and it is subsiding. Here's the fun and kinda weird part, it's "on my diet" to eat bacon, cream cheese, fish, meats, heavy cream and butter. These photos show my homemade cream cheese which was seriously easy to make and came out fantastic!

The downsides of the keytogenic diet include over acidity, constipation and dehydration. It is not recommended full time. Most folks who use the diet it use it on and off. They put in periods of high carb consumption, especially if they're athletes. To combat the constipation I made the dehydrated crackers seen in the pic out of the pulp from my juicer, flax, garlic, a roasted red pepper, and a bit of molasses. They're pretty much all fiber and they're super yummy.

I don't like extreme diets and I won't be adhering strictly to this one because I learned what I needed to from it. Fats are not a bad thing. I have become more aware of the wonderful sources for fat like nuts, avocados, and olives. What surprised me is that I can eat a lot of fat and not get fat. But more importantly, I learned about and got good at eliminating starchy carbs and sugar which has made a big difference. A week on the diet had me learning the foods that have a lot of carbs and those that have none, and it made me aware of how easy it is to consume carbs in large amounts. It takes a real effort to eat a low carb diet.

I'll send another report on this in a week or two. Meanwhile, does anyone out there have a copy of the food fermentation potential table?
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4th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour-Sunday, July 27 from 9 am – 2 pm

Home Grown New Mexico - Sat, 2014/07/19 - 9:45pm

IT’S HERE! The print version of the 2014 Kitchen Garden Tour addresses and map

Just print it out and come out for the tour. Read on for more info on how to purchase tickets and the homes on the tour!

Our 4th Annual Kitchen Garden and Coop Tour is on Sunday, July 27  from 9 am – 2 pm.  Come get inspired for your own gardens! See five of Santa Fe’s most inspirational gardens.  Pick up ideas that you can use at your place or just enjoy these beautiful edible and functional landscapes.

‘The 5 properties on the tour this year will feature many gardening ideas—beautiful vegetable gardens, backyard chicken coops, beehives, composting, greywater systems, hoophouses, a neighborhood community farm, permaculture sites, edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting systems.’
Excerpts from: Edible Magazine, our premiere sponsor

 Tickets are $25 this year and children under 12 are free.

*Tickets can be purchased 2 ways:
1-Pre-purchase tickets online here.
2-Purchase on day of tour at homes. Cash or checks accepted at each house and credit cards accepted at house #1 only.


1. Linda and Jim Archibald- 1105 Caminito Alegre
This Casa Solana home features chicken coops, fruit trees, large raised vegetable gardens, perennial and annual flowerbeds.

2. Jesus and Charlotte Rivera - 405 Salazar Place
Tune-Up Café’s owners, Jesus and Charlotte Rivera’s home features raised vegetable gardens, fruit trees, herbs and greywater systems. Charlotte’s goal is to use greywater only for watering all her gardens.

3. Reese Baker - 2053 Camino Lado
The RainCatcher’s owner, Reese Baker’s home incorporates many Permaculture designs. His mature gardens will amaze and inspire all. His edible landscaping includes fruit trees, berries, edible bushes and vegetables. He has chickens, a fishpond and passive water harvesting systems including Zuni bowls, rainwater catchment and greywater systems that channel water to the fruit trees and pond. This site is a great example of what can be done on a small city lot!

4. Poki Pottin/Gaia Gardens - 2255 Paseo de los Chamisos
Poki who started Gaia gardens is known from the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market where he sells his vegetables. This is a phenomenal property that is a neighborhood community farm based on biodynamic principles. The farm features many vegetable gardens, chickens, composting systems, hoophouses and even has ducks! Poki will have lots of  plant starts for sale if you still need some.

5. Jeremiah Kidd - 29 Hidden Valley Road
San Isidro Permaculture’s owner, property in the foothills of the Sangre De Cristos showcases permaculture designs in keeping with our arid high desert. His property features edible landscaping, erosion control installations, grey and blackwater systems, rainwater catchment and a hoophouse. His edible landscaping includes berries, grapes, fruit and nut trees and many other exotic edible plants.

Master Gardeners and the homeowners will be present to answer questions at each site. Don’t miss this exciting Kitchen Garden & Coop tour in Santa Fe this year!

Other contributing sponsors for the tour are: Joes’ Diner, Osuna Nursery and Whole Foods


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New Field Lab Friends

The Field Lab - Sat, 2014/07/19 - 6:38pm
The Adams Pittman Parker Clan91,101,74,0,B
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Another Hummingbird Nest Found

Holy Scrap - Fri, 2014/07/18 - 8:49pm

Hummingbird Nest #2, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

Wendy found another humming bird nest in a different mulberry tree today.

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Derksen comes through...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2014/07/18 - 6:16pm
Got the building for my friend today...everything was "as per order" this time.  Although the first round was a bit of a fiasco - I still have to give Derksen Buildings credit.  A pretty good deal for a shell of a building if you have no time or building skills.  Less than 20 bucks per square foot including delivery and leveling from almost 300 miles away (if you pay up front with no financing).  87,97,71, .16",B
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just a trace

The Field Lab - Thu, 2014/07/17 - 5:04pm
Had a rain event overnight.  Perhaps another tonight.  Hope it is more than a grasshopper.  Rescued this little critter when I checked the gauge this morning.  86,99,72, .07",B
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Man Discovers How Unproductive He is Without Caffeine

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2014/07/17 - 1:28pm

Man Discovers How Unproductive He is Without Caffeine, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

After 10 weeks of being caffeine free I came to the realization that I was not getting much done. Certainly busy work and mindless activities were no problem, but long concentrated work sessions were not happening. Here is to my return to the bean.

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Greener Juicing

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2014/07/17 - 12:48pm

Greener Juicing, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

I have been making a effort to reduce the sweetness in our juicing and increase the greens. Our last one was a mix of spinach, celery and carrot and it came out great. This was also the end of our celery plants for the summer.

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More Pom Pom's on irrigation

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2014/07/17 - 12:46pm

More Pom Pom's on irrigation, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr. Wendy and I transplanted three Pom Pom volunteers across the yard and setup irrigation for them. These plants quickly grow to 8' tall and provide amazing white noise.
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Hummingbird Nest

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2014/07/17 - 12:30pm

Humming Bird Nest, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

Found this while digging some trenches in the yard.

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fair company

The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/07/16 - 7:12pm

Almost missed out on a great day with new friends.  About a month ago, I got an email from a filmmaker wanting to come out to see TFL.  I get these kinds of offers about twice a month.  Instead of saying "no" right away, now I just don't answer the email at all and wait to see if they will send a second request.  I had almost forgotten about the recent email when I got a second one.  This time I checked out the links on the first email and discovered it was actually a person who has done a huge number videos about tiny houses, off grid, sustainability, etc. - Kirsten Dirksen.  I have watched a bunch of her videos over the last couple of years and really enjoyed them.  She and her husband run a site called - community and access to tools on sustainable culture. Kirsten's YouTube channel has 178,731 subscribers and her videos have had almost 74,000,000 views. I answered her email and invited her out. (Of course my recent house cleaning was just because of today's visit and interview.)  I'm glad she gave me a another shot so I would take a first look and get a second chance.  I was really happy it wasn't just another reality TV pitch.  Had a very pleasant visit with Kirsten, her husband Nicolas, and their 3 adorable kids. Don't know when the stuff she shot here will be added to her extensive library.  95,103,68,0,B
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The Factographic

The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/07/15 - 7:57pm
I don't know if they really have a name but this is what I am calling them.  It all started with The Most Interesting Man in the World - a character in an advertising campaign for the Dos Equis brand of beer, produced by the marketing firm Euro RSCG for Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery.    The ads feature Jonathan Goldsmith as the world's most interesting man.  The idea began being co-opted to get across any number of humorous nuances about daily life and situations - by plastering bold text onto the image.  The practice took an interesting turn when instead of cute little lifeisms, the content became attacks against opposing thought.  Now our handsome beer drinking friend is rarely seen in favor of graphic images that better promote the ideal being shoved down our throat... those deep meaning messages branded onto images that are meant to represent the absolute truth about a controversial subject.  Posts like those usually make little sense, don't change anyone's way of thinking, and only serve to divide the population further. Forwarding them only serves that negative agenda. They don't give anyone an "ah ha!" moment - they only make each side think the other is an idiot.  90,101,75,0,B
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Over the counter

The Field Lab - Mon, 2014/07/14 - 6:07pm
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Mid-Year Book Count Check-in

Holy Scrap - Mon, 2014/07/14 - 4:35pm

Mid-Year Book Count Check-in, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

It's July and I wanted to see how close I was to my goal of reading 100 books during 2014. It looks like I'm only at 36 books so I'll have to up my reading a bit. I did take nearly two month off from reading while we were traveling so I think the goal is still achievable. Thanks to Goodreads for keeping track of this.

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Faith in man over God

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/07/13 - 6:06pm
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Saturday under the counter

The Field Lab - Sun, 2014/07/13 - 6:30am

Decided it was time to explore the past some more.  Cleaned out under my kitchen counter.  Found stuff stored there of no use and over 6 years old.  84,97,71,0,B
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