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July 2013 Blog Posts (10)

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - Lessons from the Cantaloupe

Last year we planted cantaloupe on the “pool” side of our yard.  The vines grew itsy, bitsy little melons, and our four kids just loved watering them.  With pool water.  Every day.  Sometimes twice a day.  The melons died.

This year my worm farmer made the brave attempt to grow more cantaloupe.  This time he planted them FAR away from the pool, in the garden planter attached to our latest Worm Grotto.  For some reason I wasn’t too sure these cantaloupe would survive – some sort of…


Added by Robert Fenchak on July 28, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Mesquite Harvest and Storage Demo 7-20-13

     Greetings fellow permies!!  We went out to the beautiful Desert Willows Environmental Education Center, Saturday morning and held a harvesting and storage demo.  There was a great turnout, and we had Jean Groen, local desert cook book author, with us to show us how to mill mesquite pods in a VitaMix blender. …


Added by Nathan Ralph on July 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

June 15th Carob Harvest

     Hi all!  We had a great time harvesting carob at Dan and Carol's house on June 15th.  Dan was nice enough to show us his permaculture projects around the house.  In the picture is the gracious giver and our sacks full of carob pods!      All who came left with plenty of pods.  This was my first time and I'm hooked.  The pods are absolutely delicious and the trees…


Added by Nathan Ralph on July 24, 2013 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - Crate Expectations

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a pallet of crates delivered to your front door.   I sincerely hope I am the only one with my hand in the air, tentatively admitting that this indeed happened to me.  A pallet of crates – which is, in fact, NINETY-SIX crates – now line the pool fence of our backyard.  Don’t tell the HOA!

The same day that our family installed the Worm Grotto at the Phoenix Zoo’s Harmony Farm, we got the notice that my worm farmer’s crate shipment was going to be…


Added by Robert Fenchak on July 20, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Just about any kind of Fat?

We are looking for sources of fat preferably fat from around the kidneys of just about any animal other than chickens and domestic hogs. As primitive skill soap makers we have experimented with almost all vegetable oils and, in order to be authentic we need a source of a lot of beef tallow. And just about any animal that pops up. We prefer to buy local and render it ourselves.

Added by David Van Hook on July 13, 2013 at 8:18am — 5 Comments

texas sage pruning

Moved into a house that has a couple Texas sage that are leggy and scrawny. When is the best time to prune these so they'll begin to bush out and can grow more naturally full.



Added by Gaile S. on July 10, 2013 at 5:45pm — 4 Comments

Sustainable cooperative permaculture/polyculture farm in Mexico's mountains, documentary project


I produce video projects about sustainability, mostly for Chelsea Green Publishing, including projects with their authors, Eric Toensmeier, Perennial Vegetables, Michael Phillips, Holistic Orcharding, Eliot Coleman, Year 'Round Vegetables Production, Sandor Katz, Fermentation Workshop, and many more.

I’m producing a new project, which will be published by Chelsea Green, about an amazing cooperative farm, Las Cañadas, in the sub-tropical highlands of Mexico. Bill McKibben,…


Added by Ed Dooley on July 10, 2013 at 12:51pm — No Comments

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - Hard Work!

When my Worm Farming husband was just my boyfriend, he bought a brand new truck.  He brought it to my parents’ house and showed it off to everyone.  It was beautiful!  We drove it all around that night, looked at all the features, and had so much fun imagining life together in this truck.  The places we’d go!  The trips we’d take! The Worm Grottos we’d haul – what?! 

No, twelve years ago neither one of us could have imagined we’d be loading a dismantled Worm Grotto into the bed of…


Added by Robert Fenchak on July 10, 2013 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - It's So HOT!

There is no other way to say it.  It’s hot.  I’m not even going to belabor the point – you all have skin that can feel.  We are so saddened by how the heat and wind have caused such tragedy with the fires of the past couple of days. Our prayers are absolutely with all the family and friends of those dear nineteen firefighters who were killed yesterday.

So my hubby (you know, the Worm Farmer?) wanted to make a video for our new website (…


Added by Robert Fenchak on July 1, 2013 at 6:55pm — 3 Comments

#8: More Cowbell!

Yes, indeed it seems as if I needed more cowbell... specifically more gravel. After getting about a 3rd of the way done with the project, I could see that I would need more material to continue and complete the sections I had mapped out. That meant more Craigslist searching, more shoveling and more hauling, and less work on the actual project. …


Added by Lisa Schoop on July 1, 2013 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

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