Sustainable SW Blogs
Dispatched my first rattler of the season Saturday evening. It's pretty creepy how its' headless body continued to coil around in a ziplock bag in my fridge for about an hour. Dressed it out Sunday afternoon and ate it for lunch. Not much meat on this poor little guy but he was big enough to kill me and there are too many places for him to hide near the house so I got him first. Gonna tan the skin and send it to my friend from my high fashion days, Josie Borain who lives in South Africa - in exchange for a trinket from her country. http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/photography/josie-borain-in-africa-1/
Had a nice gusher this afternoon and now my road is closed for at least a couple of days. Got my truck back here on Saturday - made a run to the post office this morning to ship out the last of the ingot orders The swamp has turned into a jungle of mesquite and black eyed susans. 79,107,71, .80",B,0
We look forward to seeing you on our Third Annual Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour in Santa Fe on Sunday, July 28th from 9am-2pm or for the first year in Corrales on Sunday, August 11 from 11am-5pm. These events are presented by Home Grown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe.Buy Tickets Here for Santa Fe
Buy Tickets Here for Corrales
The tour is self-paced. Guests will go to the homes in any order that they select with a wrist band to identify them. Look for the tour addresses and map the week before the tour on this site. The homeowners will be the main tour guides, but also have help from the Master Gardeners and volunteers from each location to review edible gardens, chickens, bees and any other self-sustaining items such as solar, water catchment and more.
Volunteering is a way to see the tour for FREE on Saturday and help us on Sunday. There are jobs including helping people park, serving cold drinks, hanging signs, posting flyers and helping in the gardens. You can also receive time dollars if you are in the Santa Fe Time Bank. Please email email@example.com or call 473-1403 for more details and how you can help.
For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 473-1403.
Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found , call ye upon him while he is near:
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish , neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
I’m on my yucca-framed porch swing sipping an organic Orange Julius and watching an 8,500-acre wildfire creep towards me here on the Funky Butte Ranch. Shrug. Just more climate change era chaos. I can smell and in fact feel the heat from the blaze already. Its light ash snowfall accumulating on my napping dog rather powerfully conveys the message that I’m on 41 acres surrounded by a huge ponderosa pine campfire eight miles away. My role is something like a putative marshmallow.
You can’t be a reader of these Dispatches and not realize that I’m at heart an optimist. Sure, my thinking goes, if general visibility decreases to below the official Forest Service benchmark level of “teacher’s lounge,” I will have to evacuate, for the sake of my human kids’ lungs (what to do with my goat kids is another question).
On the other hand, breakfasting to the sight of a massive smoke wall boiling over my eastern butte has a lot going for it. For one thing, how many times can one say one has so breakfasted? (It’d be my second climate change evacuation, actually, the last in Alaska 15 years ago.) Also, it vastly reassures me about having awakened today, rather than to the usual hummingbird wing alarm clock at the bedside window feeder, to an altogether more motorized aerial assault underway in my remote New Mexican valley.
This explanation was literally the bright side of potentially becoming a refugee; of temporarily abandoning the moment-to-moment silence I often describe as my health plan.
Readers of TOO HIGH TO FAIL will know why that is. It’s because the last time this many planes and choppers encircled my valley, it was to raid my AARP member neighbor for cultivating his own herbal medicine – about a dozen cannabis plants. This prior to the launch of New Mexico’s state medical cannabis program, which would today make my neighbor’s garden totally legal.
Forget about the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars that went into that day’s cartel-ignoring Operation Annoy a Retiree Minding His Own Business. It was only the Drug War that brought automatic weapons (instead of the usual coyotes) to my riverbed, putting my family in danger. That, in fact, was what spurred me to write TOO HIGH TO FAIL, whose paperback release I’m now announcing. So to see federal aircraft employed for something other than Drug War assaults reinforces my feeling that we, the American people, are winning this one.
I’m remembering the research for the book, conducted from the front lines of North America’s longest war in 2011, with fondness. In examining a locavore approach to the post-Drug War economy in California’s famed Emerald Triangle, following small farmer efforts to brand themselves as Napa did with wine, I learned a lot about what sustainable family agriculture is. This (sustainable family agriculture) is the kind of industry you particularly tend to support when your homestead is imminently threatened by the “hundred year weather events” we seem to get on alternate Thursdays here in the Land of Enchantment these days.
Another way of saying this is that my final reflection on the irrefutable Drug Peace majority that has emerged nationwide and worldwide in the past year is: it will be terrific for the planet if the peace dividend from the end of the trillion dollar Drug War boondoggle includes putting independent, community-based farmers back in the field and sustainably bringing a multi-billion dollar industry aboveground. From what I’ve seen from Hawaii to North Dakota to Kentucky, America is ready.
I say this with confidence. I was far to the optimistic side of the punditsphere when, in TOO HIGH TO FAIL, I declared that the fall of the Drug War’s Berlin Wall was imminent. But I confess it seemed a no-brainer from the Emerald Triangle cannabis fields and strain development barns that I was studying. So as a result of stating the obvious (I mean, polls were already showing solid and growing majority support for medical cannabis in places like Kentucky, Illinois, Florida and Missouri) now I’ve become a go-to cannabis pundit because a producer can slam dunk a pitch with, “He predicted this.”
I’m not complaining. Forget about the heartland, the tipping point toward the Drug Peace now extends to the top of the old media hierarchy. I mean, you tell me. I would characterize the deciders at the Washington Post Company as accepting if not endorsing the inevitability of cannabis legalization by allowing me to publish this essay last Sunday entitled “Five Myths About Marijuana Legalization.” In fact, they assigned it.
I even got to talk about hemp in that ditty, which is what my next book, coming out later this year, is about. More on that in a future Dispatch. Same with my new syndicated Drug Peace Bumblebee column. One thing at a time.
And here’s the one thing at this time: I’d so love it if you’d use this note to help me launch the TOO HIGH TO FAIL paperback pre-order with flair. (Not Office Space flair. Stephen King pre-order flair.) I’d so appreciate it if you’d broadcast this missive through your social, professional and familial networks. The link to order is: http://www.amazon.com/Too-High-Fail-Cannabis-Revolution/dp/1592407617/ref=tmm_pap_title_0/192-9768244-4742452?ie=UTF8&qid=1330625413&sr=1-1
Specifically, I think it’ll take about 100,000 paperback pre-orders to convince my editors to issue a commemorative and forest-saving hemp edition of the book next. So you can help change policy while laughing at an in-the-field description of the Drug War’s final battles. Also there’s a fun new afterward in the paperback edition about the peace dividend we can look for when our worst policy since segregation finally ends. Seems like when a great nation makes its occasional blunder, it really goes for it. Gets it out of its system.
OK, thanks as always for your support. It’s so appreciated here on the possibly soon-to-combust Funky Butte Ranch. A strong launch helps me as a writer, but, more importantly, ending the Drug War will immediately have a direct impact on my life: It’ll keep automatic weapons out of the riverbed in which my children play.
Oh, yeah, the TOO HIGH TO FAIL paperback release live event tour is on. I’ll hit New Mexico first, then the Pacific Northwest and Arizona, then California. East Cost and Midwest dates are shaping up. Check out or book events at: http://www.dougfine.com/events/.
With more thanks than you can imagine, more thanks even than you might think necessary, but I believe there’s never too much appreciation,
Funky Butte Ranch, New Mexico
P.S. This Dispatch gives you a lot of opportunities to link to the Amazon page for TOO HIGH TO FAIL, including the e-version, and these are absolutely great, but I’d be remiss not to remind folks who live near actual bookstores (remember those?) that such are a terrific option also. And there’s Barnes and Noble and Books a Million, too.
TOO HIGH TO FAIL MEDIA
Conan O’Brien: http://www.dougfine.com/media-appearances/
C-Span/Book TV: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/TooHi
Huffington Post Live: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/506b11f002a76025c20003e7
Doug Fine’s DRUG PEACE BUMBLEBEE Column: Syndicated by Alternet, each week, the author of Too High to Fail pollinates the Drug Peace Message via meetings the world over with cannabis-friendly folks from all walks of life: http://nationalcannabiscoalition.com/2013/04/the-drug-peace-bumblebee/
REVIEWS OF DOUG FINE’S TOO HIGH TO FAIL
“Fine has written a well-researched book that uses the clever tactic of making the moral case for ending marijuana prohibition by burying it inside the economic case.” -Bill Maher in The New York Times
“Fine examines how the American people have borne the massive economic and social expenditures of the failed Drug War, which is ‘as unconscionably wrong for America as segregation and DDT.’ A captivating, solidly documented work rendered with wit and humor.” -Kirkus (Starred Review)
“A well-researched journey into the world of legal cannabis farming and a funny, maddening account of [American] farmers’ travails under federal persecution on an island of legality.” –Outside
“In his entertaining new book…(Fine) successfully illuminates an unusual world where cannabis growers sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to (friendly law enforcement) while crossing their fingers against the threat of federal raids. This informative book will give even hardened drug warriors pause.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“An important book.” -Michael Pollan
Here are the two classes from this weekend. Please sign-up online.
Bees & Pollination
Saturday, June 15 from 10-12pm
Santa Fe Skies- Indoor Class
14 Browncastle Ranch (end of Cerrillos at Hwy 14 &599)
Enjoy breakfast from Crumpackers Bakery and Cafe
The pollination process is necessary for most of our important commercial food and nursery crops. The honeybee is the major pollinator for crops such as grapes, onions, the cucurbits, almonds and fruit crops. Although there are other pollinators, the farmers of these crops would loose most of their production without the honeybee. This class will provide an in depth look at the pollination process and its relationship with the honeybee. It will include the results of an ongoing study of the garden and wild plants in the Santa Fe area that are available throughout the year to honeybees. An emphasis will be placed on the identification and flowering schedules of the plants most visited by the bees.
Ken Bower has had a passion for growing plants and vegetables since his youth. Living in Santa Fe for the past 14 years, he and his wife created Eldorado Windy Farm. He completed the Master Gardener course in 2001, sells his lavender products and beeswax at the Eldorado Farmer’s Market and assists friends the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. Ken is also a beekeeper and active member of the Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers Association. For the past couple years Ken has been actively recording the flowering schedules of plants to determine which pollens are most sought after by his bees.
Jannine Cabossel, a Master Gardener and ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmers Market will teach a class on how to control pests and diseases. Jannine has extensive experience in growing vegetables on her 2000 square foot garden using all organic methods. Follow her blog at giantveggiegardener.com. Suggested $10 donation or become a member for $35.
Kitchen Angels, the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, Home Grown New Mexico and The Santa Fe School of Cooking have teamed up to present educational cooking classes on how to cook local, organic meals on a budget.
Joining under the name of the Healthy Food Cooking Coalition of Santa Fe, this community enrichment program brings together the talents and resources of all four partners to put the focus on enjoying healthy, local food that is both delicious and affordable. See the planning committee online.
2013 Schedule of Cooking Classes
Classes: Each 3rd Wednesday of the month
June through Dec. from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: The Santa Fe School of Cooking
125 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe
You must register in advance for each class. Class fees are non-refundable. Please arrive before 5:30 to enjoy appetizers and so we can start the class on time. Due to unforeseen circumstances, presenters and topics may change without notice.
The Mediterranean Table: One chicken, many healthy meals
with Tracy Pikhart Ritter
Executive Chef and Culinary Director, The Santa Fe School of Cooking
June 19th • $22
Includes tastings, recipes, Whole Foods give-away
Stretch one organic chicken into several spectacular meals with Chef Tracy’s innovative recipes and ideas. She’ll be showing us how to divide up the chicken and make a soup and pasta dish, among others, incorporating the flavors of the Mediterranean!
Chef Tracy is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in NYC and the International Pastry Arts Academy in Katonah, NY. She is considered an expert in nutritional cuisine with an emphasis on Southwestern flavors. Tracy opened the first “Tex Mex” restaurant in NYC in addition to working at Arizona 206, The River Cafe and Gotham Bar & Grill before heading west to become the Executive Chef at the prestigious Golden Door Spa and consultant to Rancho La Puerto in Tecate, Mexico.
Tracy’s Southwestern cuisine was featured on the cover of Bon Appetit Magazine’s Guide to the Best Restaurants in America and in a six page feature in Art Culinaire magazine. She has appeared on Good Morning America and the Food Network numerous times, cooked at the James Beard House as a Rising Chef, trained chefs in Malaysia, debated Julia Child on the merits of healthy cuisine, owned two restaurants in Santa Fe and helped write the curriculum for the New York Restaurant School.
Classes each month:
Please register online for one or all the classes!
July Class: Handmade Pizza with Garden Fresh Veggies, Local & Squisita! with Roland & Sheila Richter the Chef & Restaurant Owners of Joe’s Dining
August Class: Vegan? Gluten free? How about just plain delicious! with Ryan Gabel the Chef, The Palace Restaurant
September Class: Local Organic Cooking Class with Erin Wade the Chef and Restaurant Owner of Vinaigrette
October Class: It’s the Great Pumpkin Fest with Harry Shapiro & Peyton Young the Chefs, Cookbook Authors & Restaurant Owners of Harry’s Roadhouse
November Class: A New Twist on Holiday Favorites , Turkey Day Timesavers, Tips & Treats with Andrew Cooper, Executive Chef Terra, Four Seasons Resort Rancho
December Class: Saucy & Raw: Guys in the Kitchen! Soups, sauces & tasty holiday treats with Danny Rhodes & Matthew Sherrill
Broke the news to Ben and Bud today that their feed bill is paid for the next 6 months. Bud is rather independent and didn't really care. Ben just likes to play fight the foot. They will both be grateful even if they don't know it yet. All the orders will ship by the end of the week. Cheers! 87,100,74,0,B,.30
Matthew 27 : 1 When the morning was come , all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death : 2 And when they had bound him, they led him away , and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned , repented himself , and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying , I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said , What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed , and went and hanged himself . 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said , It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called , The field of blood, unto this day.
In my REAL world (just me and the boys, and Mr. Floppy, and Carl and the girls - no other humans) the wind blew the door off my shower yesterday. So far I have had 9 miss stamps on the ingots which means melting them down and starting over. Ya gotta whack it just right to get a good impression (kinda like life). Got 18 ready to do a final polish and ship tomorrow. Is yours in the group? 83,97,75,0,B,.32
UPDATE: The limited edition is sold out. THANK YOU!!
Mr. Lizard has been on hand for each and every ingot pour - making sure the work zone is free of flies.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on.
John 14 : 1 Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am , there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know , and the way ye know . 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest ; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way , the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 89,100,72,0,B,.32