Author Archives: Stephanie Smith

About Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith trained as an architect and is also a developer, entrepreneur, and orchardist. She designs greenhouses, outhouses, yurts, tipis, tent cities, campsites and homesteading products under the mantra "Lighten Up!" Her 'Cul-de-sac Commune' project is a new model for resource sharing in the city, the suburbs and beyond. Read her full bio

WORKING FOR THE FUTURE

Shoot. 60-mile wind blew down my yurt greenhouse. Yeah it was meant to be temporary but still, bad timing as we’re below zero most nights. Got all my little babies inside the house til Feb. I say: 2016 be gone! … Continue reading

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Good morning Western Banded Gecko

Spotted the other morning outside our house in the potato patch… More info: http://www.desertusa.com/reptiles/western-banded-gecko.html

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SEED GATHERING IN THE WASH

May Day! What a beautiful morning wandering through nearby washes gathering seeds. I’ve never seen this much abundance. While gathering native seeds for propagation or other uses, I’ve been working on a new approach I’m learning from folks in the … Continue reading

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AT THE WATER AWARENESS GARDEN IN LUCERNE VALLEY

When I die bury me under a ‘Royal Purple’ Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria). As seen at the Water Awareness Garden (created by the Desert Crossroads Garden Club). One of the many secret pleasures you’ll find in the very small farming … Continue reading

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PRO TIP: VEGETABLE GARDEN SEEDS FOR THE ARID SOUTHWEST

We’ve decided to order all of our kitchen garden seeds from Native Seed Search (nativeseeds.org). They only do crops for arid lands, southwest growing, many are heirloom and/or native American. We’re ordering warm and cool season collections, $30, with 12 … Continue reading

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FARM STRUCTURE PROGRESS NO. 2

Starting to get somewhere — whew, lots of level changes across the slope of this site Follow along: Sunever Farms on Instagram

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FARM STRUCTURE PROGRESS NO. 1

A forest of posts and poles… we rented an auger and dug 60+ holes last week. Now we’re busy setting them all in concrete. Follow along: Sunever Farms on Instagram

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STRUCTURE FOR THE FARM

Yesterday we started construction. The only thing to show for it is this crazy color-coded plan diagram, superimposed over a blurry google map of the farm. Actual progress shots coming soon!

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SUMMER AT THE OASIS

Spent the afternoon under the palms at Oasis of Mara (on the grounds of the 29 Palms Inn). Yes, that’s a houseboat, and a turtle sunning on a log, ha!

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FIGS

We have two fig trees going now — still pretty small, but fruiting. Easy to grow out here, can handle greywater. So, what to do with our fresh fig bumper crop… Maybe roast in cast iron with garlic feta cheese…?

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