Prickly Pear Harvest

And ways to stay connected with Ampersand through the winter...
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Prickly Pear Harvest

Making The Magenta Juice

One of the many reasons I love September is that the land is full of wild fruits. And that's saying something for our high desert grasslands. The most obvious one dotting the hillsides is the prickly pear fruit.

They are thorny and prickly, which deters many people. The methods I've heard about for removing the thorns include shaking them in a bucket of sand, roasting off the prickles, and boiling and straining. .

Folks tend to be surprised at my super easy method for making use of this tasty fruit. (Read more of this blog to make use of the fruits still out on the hills!)

The Seasons Change

Well, we've finished our public events for the season.  It's that time where we start the journey towards winter, storing up the fruits of the harvest and basking in the glorious fall weather.  Thanks for making Ampersand so great this year!  We are pleased with the new connections with families that we have made through our Community Homestead and Homeschool events.  Returning interns and family integration have been very sweet this year too.  And a special shout-out to the great group who joined me for the SFCC class to learn about restoring our arid lands. 
Here are some ways to stay in touch with our work through the winter:
Volunteer at Ampersand!
Consultations On Your Property
School Programs: Classroom Curriculum, Field Trips, and Schoolyard Projects
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