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Busy busy bee!

I am quite nearly overextended this term… that explains my absence.

Seven classes and two jobs…I swear, I think I am superwoman at times then have to realize that I am NOT.

I also seem to be fleeing from a seasonal funk.

I will try to post on the weekends when I have a lil time in my schedule.

It would probably be good for me anyways.

I think part of the funk is also due to a sudden and drastic exercise reduction.

After my marathon I have been giving my knee a break and have not substituted some other form of exercise.

This equals a sudden dive in happy hormone production in my brain, and I am definitely feeling it.

So to the gym I go. Going to try strengthening for awhile.

I want to have a good muscle base for future running, I was definitely neglecting that part.

Wish me luck!


Happy 100 blog posts and other news!

I just realized that I have reached the 100 posts mark!

I cannot believe I have written that much in the months since I began this blog!

Thanks to all of you that keep on reading!


I also wanted to share a couple of exciting links regarding my field school:

I will be showing my own 5 minute media piece on Mutual Aid Societies with some of my peers. I will share it on here eventually no doubt, as well. Speaking of… I better get back to work! 🙂

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:

More field school on the horizon.

And I am off and running again…next field school four day trip starting tomorrow morning.

I still have not fully unpacked from getting in at 3am from Telluride!

Next we are off to:

Week 3: Four Corners Region
Tuesday, June 21
Breakfast on your own
9am – Meet on campus; leave ABQ for 3 nights
Drive 3.25 hr to Farmington; Lunch on the road
1:30pm – Navajo Agriculture Products Industry (NAPI) tour
Drive ~45 min to Navajo Dam
Stay at Abe’s Motel and Fly Shop – Highway 173 #1791 Dinner at El Pescador

Wednesday, June 22
Breakfast at El Pescador
6am – NMSU Agricultural Science Center
-Navajo Dam
-Irrigation systems
Lunch on the road
Drive ~3 hr Farmington to Chinle
Stay at the Best Western Chinle – 100 Main Street
Dinner at Junction Restaurant

Thursday, June 23
Breakfast at Junction Restaurant
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
9am-1pm – Dryland Agriculture Hike w/ Adam Teller (Stacking Rock Trail)
Packed lunch on trail
Afternoon- Hike the White House Trail/overlooks on own. Or, work on film assignments on own at hotel.
Stay at the Best Western Chinle; Dinner at Thunderbird Lodge

Friday, June 24
Breakfast at Junction Restaurant
Drive ~50 min to Tsaile
9am – Sheep is Life Celebration – Diné College Tsailé
– Chant of the Spider. A Holistic Journey into Diné Fiber Arts.
– Film Screenings – Reception and Lecture, featuring Chef Freddie Bitsoie “Contemporary Interpretations of Diné cuisine”
Lunch at festival
Drive 4.25 hr to Albuquerque


I have so much to share but no time yet to share it. There will be some catching up coming soon!

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.