The Light Returns

We have been enjoying hibernation time at Ampersand for the past couple of months, and savoring the local foods that we preserved for the occasion. We still have apples in the pantry, dried cholla buds, tomatoes and pears. We have jars of apricot sauce that have been encouraging solar cake concoctions, and jars of other fruits and veggies that were given to us by local food enthusiast friends. The hoop house is still providing salad greens and I dig up handfuls of sunchoke tubers every week.

The most exciting thing at the moment is the Santo Domingo Posole Corn that I grew this year is popping into posole right in this moment! Grown by the sun and the rain, cooked by the sun and the rain.

What will we offer at Ampersand in 2020? It's all still in the stirring stage, but you can look forward to our Spring Plant Sales,and the Chaos Cafe events each month. Look at what I'm offering at the Santa Fe Community College during the Spring semester and consider a retreat or tour at Ampersand.

Andy and I are still doing our weekly radio show at KMRD.FM on Fridays at 11am. There are many ways to tune into that- live on 96.9 locally, or streaming, or through our radio archives. Consider being a community radio underwriter for our program, and have you or your business get on air acknowledgement for your support!

If there are things you would like to learn or experience at Ampersand, let us know! We will also be accepting an apprentice to focus on the seedling production.

We hope you are enjoying the days as they get a bit longer and sunnier. Looking forward to seeing you when we crawl out of hibernation!

Chaos Cafe

Sunday , January 26

This is a recurring event, and it's already full with past participants! But email me to get put on the waiting list as there will likely be cancellations.

As a planet we face ecological breakdown, a fragile globalized human food and water supply, and a lack of functional networks of social support in our conventional institutions.

After acknowledging this, we must look towards re-establishing functional and reciprocal relationships with the basic elements that support life on our planet.

This month we look at WATER.

How do the underground and above ground water supplies naturally cycle and replenish in our area?

Considering these very local conditions, what does responsible water use look like for our region?

How do we build or adapt our living environments to support this transition to embodying an appropriate relationship with the sacred gift of fresh water from our planet?

Hydrologist Dick Thomas will share with us his knowledge from studying and monitoring local water supply and movement for the past 40+ years. Although his professional career took him as far afield as Australia and the Middle East, he spent a large part of his career studying surface water and groundwater in New Mexico.  His avocation since moving to the Madrid area in 1968 has been to understand the groundwater and surface water of this area.

Dick would like to describe where our water comes from, to review of the nature and occurrence of water in this area, and would hope to remove some of the mystery surrounding groundwater.

Email to register:
Amanda Bramble's classes at Santa Fe Community College:
February 15: Simple Greywater Systems
February 29: Arid Land Restoration
March 7: Indoor Plant Propagation
March 14: Wise Water Gardening
For these classes register at SFCC
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