primavera en shamballa…

La primavera finalmente llego a San Marcos Sierras despues de la primera lluvia.!!!!! Mucho trabajo en la huerta, preparando las camas para la siembra, creciendo germinados, armando plantines, transplantando, creando pilas de compost, camas de lombrices, etc Y como siempre, la familia de 4 patas sigue creciendo también. Aqui les dejamos algunos registros fotográficos....   brotes de girasol mas brotes.... Mora y sus 4 cachorritos siesta siesta 2 pajaro listo a lanzarse en el pasto de trigo india tila acelga floreciendo en el invernadero de la casa las gallinas felices con sus brotes buda y tara nate lechugas "hoja de roble" mas lechugas de la huerta tomillo floreciendo en el jardin espiral mitzy enamorada del kale raices atardecer desde shamballa despues de la lluvia jardin en espiral y medialuna lista para transplante minu nate Read more [...]
mud floor shamballa

mud floor…work in progress

We are working in our new mud floor for the main house. With the help of Florian, Lara and Guillermo, the floor is growing.  We decide not to add a humidity barrier, plastic or membrane, so  we can stand and connect with the earth under our feet.  Still waiting for the last layer to dry, but here are some pics of the work done so far.   Read more [...]
huertas solidarias

huertas solidarias….creciendo nuestro alimento, creando comunidad….

          Nos juntamos una vez por semana para activar huertas entre todos....aprendemos, compartimos, enseñamos y conectamos con la naturaleza. Esta vez creamos un jardin en espiral para crecer medicinales y aromaticas en la casa de Pilar, en las gramillas. Un trabajo que le hubiera tomado una semana haciendolo ella sola, se concreto en menos de 3 horas entre varios vecinos.!!!! Estamos creando alimentos sanos, suelos fertiles, comunidad y soberania alimentaria..... Read more [...]
fall garden shamballa

building soil and fall garden at shamballa

  The last weeks we'd been working on building our soil, adding compost and organic material, building new beds for spring planting and building few hot compost piles. " Good composting, like good cooking, is anchored in an unabashed love of your ingredients, each and every one, and in a great, raring appreciation of change and inter being. Making compost is an art, the fine art of arranging garbage"  Wendy Johnson"       cabbages and kales   Nate turning the hot compost pile   mustard leaves   greens kale feathery friends   healthy meal after a gardening day....   kale, red cabbage, garlic and broccoli... day one hot compost pile mulching   Florian making the hot compost pile compost pile day 4 Lara working in the mandala garden more vegetables.... Read more [...]

cob kitchen and adobe arches

Finally, we are having a day off from building!!!!....start celebrating Andrea's birthday on april 27th.... Making some progress on the kitchen walls and counters, adobe arches on the bathroom and toilet room. Luna checking the comfort of the new counter a view of the counter and walls the sink is in place.... counter, walls and windows Luna relaxing in her new place... adobe arches for the bathroom and toilet room adobe arches and buda... another view view from the kitchen....living room and sun room Nate relaxing ... Minu also trying the new counter from another angle.... counter approved..... Read more [...]

kitchen garden and wild flowers

        The fall is here and a lot of work in the garden....harvesting, transplanting, mulching, sowing green manure for winter and winter crops.... The abundant wild flowers fill the air full of fragrances..... Tomatoes still ripening....  bee attractor wild flower   jazmin del monte o palo amarillo red clover red clover calendula mint cosmos and pollinator rucula sprouting paramagnetic rock mandala garden and the hose in the back juano checking the clovers inti and buda playing red clovers making compost piles and mulch fava beans for green manure peas for green manure mulching rucula, mustard, pock choi, lettuces, beets and some wild flowers lots of wild mushrooms in the garden!!! red lettuce morning glory rucula mulching and sowing some fava beans and peas at the mandala garden more tomatoes.... keyhole ktichen garden with rucula, chard, tomatoes, red cabbage, broccoli, Read more [...]

Mud Cook Stove

When we first moved to Shamballa, we built an outdoor kitchen that has been improved during the last 2 years and we are still using it. We start with a dome and a wood cooking stove made out of bricks, rocks, clay and sand.  It took us a several hours of work with the help of friends and family. Quick and easy. The good things about this kind of stoves is that you need 50% less wood and you just use small sticks.  Also you can build them inside of the house by adding a chimney . Another advantage is that they don't produce smoke and keep the air cleaner. The large consumption of wood required by the open-fire method has been a principal cause of deforestation as well as a burden on family finances for those that have to buy firewood. Wood is burned at the tips and is pushed in towards the fire as it burns. This limits the amount of wood being heated and the amount of volatile wood oils being driven off at any given time, so that they all get burnt completely. Pushing the Read more [...]

compost toilets

Everyday we hear people asking....what can we do to save the world?  so, we say....take care of your pee and poo!!!!! almost nobody wants to talk about this, but it is necessary that we start taking responsability for our own waste.... From the permaculture point of view, composting our waste is he perfect example of the cycle of inputs and ouptus in a system and taking the problem as a solution. When we first got to our land the first question was....what we are going to do with our shit?   We did a lot of research about different kinds of compost toilets and we came up with a design that work for us. The "humanure" adds nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus, to our soil. The more people that come to shamballa and leave their waste, the more soil we are building. We d been composting our manure for more than one year and now is ready to enrich our soil for tree planting.  It is going to help to  our food forest grow abundant and healthy. The other point is....why use Read more [...]
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“I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.” Bill Mollison

A must read interview to Bill Mollison by Scott London:

Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution

Read it here.