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HOMESTEAD CAMP CABIN TIME

Our Homestead Camp Cabin (pictured above, at a recent sunset) is available for rent to peaceful travelers. It’s like camping in the desert — only you don’t need to bring any camping gear, you have a built shelter to sleep … Continue reading

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FALL IS FINALLY HERE

(photo by Angela de la Agua) Daylight temps are finally falling after a very long, very hot and humid summer out here. Nighttime is gorgeous, it’s warm and pleasant enough that you can still sleep outside. Ah, autumn! We still … Continue reading

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OBSERVE YOUR STEP

Almost stepped on this lady yesterday morning 920am underneath one of our jujube trees at Sunever Farms. Literally jumped backwards out of my sandals. She never rattled, never shifted out of her coil. I got my sandal back with a … Continue reading

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POST NO. 401

This blog isn’t as active as it once was, but that’s mainly cuz we’re doing other stuff elsewhere, and not everything quite fits the theme here, such as it is/was. Here’s where else you can find us: Stephanie is active … Continue reading

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NEW QUARTERS

Stephanie says: Not the gorgeous shot we typically aim for, but wildlife photography is tough folks! What’s important here: We are welcoming our first desert tortoise to the food oasis at Sunever Farms. She’s built her burrow in a swale … Continue reading

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TYKE

Stephanie got this footage, today, in a nearby wash that ORV riders used to use a lot. They still go in there but not as much. It’s illegal, of course. The riders often argue ‘there’s nothing there, what’s the problem?’ … Continue reading

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JAY INTERVIEWED BY ERIK DAVIS ON PRN’S ‘EXPANDING MIND’ RADIO SHOW

60-minute internet radio show archived here, stream or download: http://prn.fm/expanding-mind-desert-homesteading-03-23-17/

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VERNAL EQUINOX UPDATE

We’ve had at least six inches of rain here in the last year, and now the desert is by far the greenest and life-full we’ve seen it in our seven-plus years living here. Exciting, energizing! Says Stephanie: “We’ve had so … Continue reading

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JUNIOR

First snake of the season. Very small, maybe 15 inches…? The animal was in creosote shade, just outside a burrow, near a water pipe here in “our” yard. Very still, barely moved when I tossed a leaf near her. I … Continue reading

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ROGER IN HIS GARDEN

Instagram by Rohini Walker. Local legend Roger Smith leading last Sunday’s desert homestead garden/farm workshop for our Stewards of the Coyote Valley group. Seasoned desert dweller, Roger Smith (what a dude), in his abundant kitchen garden…thank you @cvstewards for organising … Continue reading

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