Category Archives: Goats

Get your read on!

I have a few books that I wanted to pass on to all of you with high recommendations!

I was assigned several books to read for my Foodshed Field School Course as follows:

  1. Imhoff, D. (ed.). 2010. The CAFO Reader. Watershed Media.
  2. Franceschini, A. and D. Tucker. 2010. Farm Together Now: A Portrait of people, places, and ideas for a new food movement. Chronicle Books, San Francisco.
  3. Rodríguez, Sylvia. 2006. Acequia: Watersharing, Sanctity, and Place. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.
  4. World Economic Forum. 2011. Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus Island Press. ISBN-10: 1597267368.

Now, a quick check on that list… The number 4 book I would NOT recommend. I read a good portion of it and it raised the hair on my neck a few times. Part of the contributors for the text are CEOs of CocaCola and Pepsi. Obvious hidden agenda with companies like that telling others how they should conserve water!! It takes over 16 gallons of water to make just one 12oz can of soda… Think about it.

The other books are good reads so far.

It was hard in the last month to actually get any reading in during the field school but I am catching up now. I am nearly done with Farm Together Now and love love love this book. The CAFO book is graphic and harsh but that never stops me from reading on. The truth hurts at times 😉 The Acequia text I have actually used as a reference before for other school works I have written.

I would recommend book number2 the most.

The book that I really want all of you to read besides Farm Together Now is:

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love.


I could not put this book down. It is so open, inspiring, and real. I always thought of myself as settling down later in life to run some sort of farm but this book has made me think why wait? It really was almost more informative that all of the texts that I was assigned during the field school. I referenced it so many times in discussions en route to new locations on our NM foodshed tour that my peers dubbed it “my bible”. I love this model though. How more connected to your food, land, love, and community can you get than this??

Read it and get inspired!

For more about the book/farm/author here are some links:


A lil splash of what I am seeing in my field school…

Be all that you can be…




Much more to come!

Stay tuned!

How cool is Old School!

I just found this fun site and love it and wanted to share it with ya’ll!

I love everything about it!

From the design of the site to what they stand for to the classes!

About the Old School

Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living. Until now, these awesome resources in Albuquerque have had a loose network of independent workshops and classes. Now, these experts and offerings are under one roof, making Old School the place to find the skills you want to learn.

Our classes are intentionally priced to make them affordable for families in need of these skills. Free or low-cost SAFE childcare is available in order to open opportunities for folks otherwise unable to attend classes.

Our financial model is simple. If there are funds left over after paying for rent and supplies, teachers get half of it. At least 10 percent of any leftover funds is donated to a charity. The remainder is returned to the school to compensate administrators and keep the school running (website and advertising).

If you don’t see a topic on our list, let us know. We’ll use our network to find a teacher for you, and then we’ll host a class. If you want to take a class but it doesn’t work with your schedule, talk to us. That teacher might offer a class to meet your schedule.

Or if you have a skill you think fits our mission, let us know. Maybe you can join our experts in spreading the traditional, frugal and sustainable living skills that make Old School so neat.

My Summer Foodshed Field School

School starts again for me in two weeks!

Oh yeah!

A full month of in depth, hands on, in person, touring of NM’s foodshed first hand!

You know I may have squealed a lil when I got in…

After all, they only except fifteen students and most of them had to be Hispanic for their funding requirements and I’m a whitey.

(Except that eighth Comanche)

Well… I have done much harder work and a much more strenuous schedule when I was wildland fire fighting so I guess I will just break on through to the other side.

It’s only ONE month after all.

Ten days overnight and thirteen away in the field.

(pun FULLY intentional)

All of the rest of the days on campus.

Not looking forward to the slaughterhouse visit but besides that it looks like a flippin’ fantastical schedule to me.

I still need to fit work hours.

And some how, some way fit in all of my training.

Which is picking up more and more miles and I am adding more days as well.

Oh, when will I eat and sleep?

June is going to be insane!

So I hope you all can’t wait for all of the posts from trials and errors in fitting it all in and rants about all of the intellectual stimulation I will be soaking up and all of the miles I will be putting on, all over NM next month.


I have a new love.

A goat love.

I want one.

You should too.

“Goats go to heaven, sheep go to hell.”