Mushroom Registration and Cold Frame Saga

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Don't miss early bird registration for the Mushroom Cultivation workshop October 16th to 18th! Stay at Ampersand for the weekend. Register through Radical Mycology, but reserve your lodging through us.  We have strawbale cottages, a yurt, a tipi, and places to pitch your tent.  Save some money and register before September!

The Cold Frame Saga

It’s a little bit sad. The old cold frame was the biggest hit on our Ampersand site tours, and we have dismantled it. It was amazing in many ways. It provided a great environment for growing greens in the winter, it had a ready made structure for throwing shade cloth over in the summer, and best of all was the Passive Solar Cold Frame Tender that opened the lid by itself, just with the pressure that was created by the light of sunrise. And it closed all by itself in the evening, all just with this contraption of bottles and tubes that we assembled. I wrote a blog post about it in 2014.

And I tended it well when we lived in the little cottage down the hill. Now I have to go out of my way to see how my garden grows. And the overhanging lid has also discouraged me because of the crouching and ducking necessary for gardening in that spot. So everything is changing.

When I noticed recently that the main bottle for our passive solar cold frame tender busted from ultraviolet exposure, I was gifted a new bottle immediately. This was a clear message that the solar tender must be used somewhere else. And I’ve got some amazing and artistic plans for it. But you will have to wait for that.

Perhaps you have already seen the new cold frame that our interns made. Maybe you read my past blog post about our friend Clair Gardner’s Water Wise Planter that she has developed. We generally followed her instructions and made one of our own.

After the interns left...(read more of this blog post here)

Our Fall Schedule

Email us to register for the events at Ampersand

Sep 6  Homegrown NM – Dehydration Class  (Amanda co-presents in Santa Fe)

Sep 13  Community Homestead Day

Sep 26  Solar Fiesta in Albuquerque – Amanda presents on DIY Passive Solar

Sep 27  Water Systems Walkthrough

Oct 2  Homeschool Homestead Day

Oct 3  Intro to Permaculture Class @ SFCC  (see pg 16 of linked pdf schedule)

Oct 4 Native Plant Hike

Oct 10  Arid Land Restoration Class @ SFCC  (see pg 17 of linked pdf schedule)

Oct 11  Galisteo Basin Archeology Hike with Tamara Stewart

Oct 16-18 Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course

Nov 7  Simple Greywater Systems Class @ SFCC  (see pg 16 of linked pdf schedule)


More info on the Mushroom Workshop and to register here!
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