Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Goodbye Spotty Dog Farm...

.....Say hello to Revolution Farm!


We have been gardening on a scale recently that could more aptly be described as farming, growing enough food for not just ourselves, friends and neighbors, but customers at farmers markets return week after week. We have expanded our flock of chickens, our native fruit orchard as well as water catchment. We have purchased and installed over a thousand feet of drip irrigation. The pullets have a new pasture being finished now that is over an acre fenced in of native grasses.

So from now on we will be blogging not at the High Desert Home Garden as Spotty Dog Farm but here at the new Revolution Farm page:

http://revolution-farm.blogspot.com

You will be able to find us during the winter months (starting next week) at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and spring thru Fall in ElDorado just outside santa fe at the ElDorado Farmers Market.


We plan to offer a small C.S.A. in the Spring for a few families or as many as ten individuals. Contact us here or at the Farmers Market for more info.

Pasture raised and Certified Organic Non-GMO grain fed laying hens will start producing in Feb or March for fantastic eggs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Planting a Terraced Hillside With Edibles

We dug up and leveled three terraced beds on this hill. On the edge of each is a planting of wax currants. They are all on drippers.  
Today we planted garlic in the middle bed.

Sunchokes got planted in the lower bed. It is the furthest away but the farmers  I bought them from said they never watered them so they are hearty.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pressing Apple Cider





 we made approximately 27 gallons from at least five hundred pounds of apples.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Yes Sir!

Jalapeño harvest



Jalapeño


Drying apples, we processed approx. 150 lbs in the last two days into pie filling, sauce and jelly, going tomorrow to pick more for pressing cider from 150 year old trees in Tesuque.

Sixty one, thirteen day old chicks.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Life on the Farm

Cisterns 
One of our longest beds at forty five feet.

A planting of mustards with calendula at the ends for pest control
A decent harvest of yellow and red potatoes 

We planted mizuna and bunching onions in the bed where the potatoes were. 

Small 425 gallon water tank with our A-frame greenhouse under shade cloth. 
Solar Panel used to charge a battery to power the farms irrigation pump. 

Popcorn with grapes and marigolds.

Arm yourself for the revolution!

Making hot sauce with some freshly harvested red cayenne peppers.


Brooding Pullets

The chicks are now five days old and doing great!
The sixty pullets are ten each of these six breeds:
Dark Rhode Island Reds
Production Reds
Buff Orpington
Black Australorps
Golden Sex Links
Dominique
They live in this brooder. Cost to build: $0

Modest exterior



We have not lost one yet. 

Farmers Market


Carrots

BEETS!

Washing Greens for baby salad mix

Harvesting Baby Red Mustard greens

Baby Salad Greens washed and ready to go to market.


Carrots and Beets

Chard and Baby Salad Greens

Kale, Scallions and Chard

Homegrown Pickles

Dill fresh from the herb garden

Grape leaves from our mountain grape vines and garlic peeled, cayenne peppers and dill heads.

A nice harvest of pickling cukes. 



Water bath

Monday, September 3, 2012

Energy Independence

video
here is the test run of the complete system. Having a little trouble with the charge controller but everything is compatible so we are looking a-ok.

More posts soon on the revolutionary farming front.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Solar Power Water Pump

video
We just did a demo of how the pump can work directly off the panel without a battery. We pumped water from one tub to a plum tree. This is so exciting. Everything is beginning to come together beautifully.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Fermenting Food

African Daisy 
The harvest: Pickling Cucumbers and Purple Pole Beans


Wild fermentation

Pickling cucumbers in hot water bath

Grape leaves keep the pickles crisp

Cucumbers chilling in ice bath before processing for ten minutes.




Finished product