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a little better...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/02/18 - 2:29pm
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/02/17 - 3:59pm

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entropy and the nature of my tiny universe...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/02/16 - 4:22pm
How does this keep happening?  57,65,34,0,B
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2017 Home Grown New Mexico class schedule is up

Home Grown New Mexico - Wed, 2017/02/15 - 10:34pm

The class schedule is up! We are ready to rock and roll. You can go to the CLASSES/EVENTS AT THE TOP OF THIS WEBSITE and see all the classes and events we are offering in 2017.  CHECK OUT OUR MARCH EVENTS!

We have a great SEED EXCHANGE coming up on March 3 working with the Seed Summit organization that is having a workshop here in Santa Fe. The event is free and we will be over at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion building.

A Sourdough Bread Making’ class on March 5, Evolution Gardening/Revisiting the Victory Garden in the 21st Century’ class on March 19 and a Spring Fling Potluck will feature Avery Aguilar from Santo Domingo Pueblo. He will give a presentation on Native American Pueblo gardening techniques.

And that’s just the March line up! To see the whole schedule go here:

Once again we need you to sign up at the ‘Eventbrite’ badge so we know who is coming and prepare for them. Also if there needs to be any changes, we can contact you. The sign up is same as last year and worked well.

Most of the classes (cheese classes excepted) are free to members and don’t forget with your membership, the Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour is free to members too, so join soon so you don’t miss out on any of these great classes and events. Those of you who joined last year will get a renewal notice via email when your membership is due.

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DIY Optician

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/02/15 - 5:56pm
Sat on my reading glasses about a month ago and have been fighting with a duct tape repair ever since.  Finally resorted to a tiny drill bit and a paper clip.  54,60,34,0,B
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marketing day...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/02/14 - 1:32pm
Out of the blue I got this email this morning.  After a couple of hours of research I decided to cut a deal with Storyful and licensed Ben's horn cam video with them.  I don't expect to get rich from it but it should drive more traffic to my YouTube channel and my friday night films.  Ben approved the deal as long as he never has to appear on the Ellen Show. 58,62,37,0,B
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Monday Matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/02/13 - 5:08pm

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every step...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/02/12 - 2:45pm
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
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that gimbal...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/02/11 - 4:15pm
Did a couple of tests with the new wearable gimbal today.  Already in pre-production for next weeks offering.  I think this is my new favorite tool (not to be confused with "toy").  This little gizmo always knows which way is up to matter how you move.  Amazingly stable video from the GoPro even while walking around with it on the chest mount.  BTW - the horn cam video is doing very well on YouTube...thanks to all of you who shared it.  80,92,44,0,B
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/02/10 - 4:06pm
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horn cam?

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/02/09 - 6:10pm
Cutting it a little close for my next friday night film.  Coming up with a weekly video adds a whole new dynamic to the work flow.  Had several plans but committed to this one three days ago. Been on the production all day - testing out Ben's tolerance for horn mounts.  Finally went for it tonight and everything fell into place and all the actors cooperated.  Tune in tomorrow for this epic adventure.  72,77,46,0,B
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built in selfie stick...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/02/08 - 2:07pm
Forgot to mention I also ordered an attachments accessory pack for the GoPro.  Nice that all these bits only cost 16 bucks including second day air shipping.  Just got this today but the motorized gimbal doesn't arrive until tomorrow.  Seeing how Ben already has two rather large selfie sticks already built in...I think there is a horn cam attachment in here.  Will the GoPro survive the test?  70,85,50,0,B  
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Toxostoma curvirostre

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/02/07 - 3:57pm
I have a pair of curve-billed thrashers that have made the greenhouse their home for about 7 months now.  One of them is usually on top greeting the day.  It has been a long time since a lone one was yacking it up out here.  70,87,45,0,B
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The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/02/06 - 3:13pm
Been picking up a few new things for my indulgence into more YouTube videos.  Just doing stuff isn't good enough - documenting it has to look good too.  Did a test this morning for a time lapse of my morning walk with the GoPro on the head mount.  That didn't work very well as the footage is all too shaky.  Along that line, I also recently bought a manual camera stabilizer ($49) for the DSLR which I am still learning how to use since it takes a lot of practice.  Also picked up an external mic ($30) for better audio (sound recording quality is notoriously bad for DSLR's).  BTW - those fuzzy mic covers are there to help cut down wind noise and they are called dead cats. Been looking into 3 axis motorized gimbals but they are just too expensive for the weighty Canon T3i (over $700), but I just ordered a reasonably priced one ($178) that can handle the GoPro.  The up side to all of this is if I am investing in more gear to document stuff out here - it means more new Field Lab projects are on the plate for 2017.  71,82,42,0,B  
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the hand of satan...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/02/05 - 1:59pm

Ever wonder who the guy is in this meme that continually makes the rounds on Facebook?  Well I did - and I found out...and it is frightening.  Seems this young man used to be known at Pauly Unstoppable.  Funny thing the time the photo used in the meme was taken, he could in fact find a job and was working in a Spencer's Gifts store in a mall in Indiana.  In fact he must have always been able to "find a job" because he has spent a small fortune disfiguring himself. So poor Pauly has much bigger problems than finding employment.  He can't seem to stop with his "body mods"...even having the whites of his eyes tattooed.  Satan has been having a field day with him and a few years ago Pauly decided he was in fact a woman and has undergone gender reassignment surgery and now goes by the name Farrah Flawless.  Watch this video and you decide who he has given his life over to.  1 Timothy 5:15  For some have already turned aside to follow Satan.
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the cup...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/02/04 - 4:37pm
Something about yesterday's film inspired today's project.  65,71,43,0,C
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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/02/03 - 4:11pm

Every wonder what a day off is like out here at The Field Lab?  Probably not - but here it is anyway.   News Theme by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Artist:  Ticking clock audio used by permission from
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Groundhog Day

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/02/02 - 5:52pm
Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted more winter...but my Terlingua Creek Cat's-eye plants say otherwise.  61,76,36,0,B
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waterboxx revisited

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/02/01 - 4:24pm
Slowly clearing the grounds (again!) and decided it was time to unload my pile of waterboxxes.  I inherited these when the experiment ended years ago.  Donated them today to the Terlingua Community Garden.  Expert desert gardeneer Jenny Schooler was on hand to put them to good use.  Nice of her to give me some seeds to try when I get back to farming here.  64,78,34,0,B
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a farm that makes sense out here...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/01/31 - 3:45pm
New business venture up the road from me.  Couldn't help but notice their fence isn't bunny proof.  I wonder if that is going to be a problem.  63,78,29,0,W
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