Category Archives: farms

A unique American invention – the apple parer

Found in an old cabin In mid 1850s America, a growing middle class sought out new mechanical aides and labor-saving machines for the home. The birth of American industry saw a proliferation of these mass produced items made of cast … Continue reading

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New Mexico calling

Update: 10 July 2015 There comes a time when we realize we have wandered down some side trail other than the path we had intended to travel. And such it was. For the past ten years I have been the … Continue reading

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Disappearing World

The rural roots of  personal identity and community have been cut off. Our heritage is disappearing. A way of life and livelihood is disappearing. Knowledge of skills is disappearing. Self reliance is disappearing. Family farms are disappearing. People live huddled … Continue reading

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Cottage industries support community

  How can rural communities  advance the common goal of economic stability, healthy living and environmental stewardship? Food, clothing and shelter are the necessities of human survival. These industries and the transportation of these goods also have the largest impact … Continue reading

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Donde Viven Alpaca

Location: Victory Ranch – Mora, New Mexico   About ten miles from my home the Lower Farm is a herd of alpaca. Horses, cattle or even sheep may come to mind when thinking about livestock in New Mexico but in … Continue reading

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retreat releases stress

Two week retreat at the Lower Farm – a review “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”  – Albert Camus [The Minotaur] At the Lower Farm there is no TV, no radio, … Continue reading

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Holualoa- Coffee Country

Kona coffee is considered one of the premium specialty coffees of the world. The cultivation of coffee requires a very specific combination of temperature, sun, soil, and water. It can be grown in only a limited number of locations on … Continue reading

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