Tag Archives: Stephanie Smith
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
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
Here is Stephanie’s plan for the in-progress ‘food oasis’ at our ‘Sunever Farms’ property. Read more at: suneverfarms.com/foodoasis/
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
Starting to get somewhere — whew, lots of level changes across the slope of this site Follow along: Sunever Farms on Instagram
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
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!
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…?
Desert Orchard UPDATE: Yay, we have 40 trees at the farm that are alive, well, and – in some cases – fruiting. Upper left: #asianpear; upper right: #jujube; lower left: #persimmon; lower right: #pomegranate. Most of these trees were abandoned … Continue reading
Originally published in Desert Oracle No. 1 (Spring 2015) “Letter From North Joshua Tree” by Jay Babcock SELF-POLLINATING November 11, 2014 I’m composing this missive from beneath our desert ash tree. Watering the Joshua tree, watching the male finches zip … Continue reading