Taos, New Mexico


KINDERFARM Taos, NM
(August 2009)treska-farm-garlic-harvest

Here is the result of a lot of hard work and the fulfillment of a dream.

Last summer, (2008) Treska decided she wanted to have a garden. She dug the rows. She planted the seeds and watered them. She plcked the weeds ... and she whispered to the seedlings - coaxing them to grow. AND . . . they did grow. Beautiful salads adorned the dinner table each evening. But Treska's dream grew and soon the whole family was involved. In the summer of 2009 a full-blown farm was born.

In early spring Falko was behind the rototiller clearing the land -- more than an acre. With many friends a greenhouse was erected right before a blizzard dumped inches of snow on top. Then the long and arduous task of planting the seeds came. That is back-breaking work. So is the weeding, of course. Harvesting is a whole lot more fun. I got to do some of that. Being out in the field surrounded by quiet and nature is so relaxing.

No vampires will be found anywhere near the KinderFarm -- not unless they like garlic. Treska, Kaya, Kiersten, Jenny, and Rafa and Tono are showing off their harvest. (top photo)
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I picked onions. I liked picking them too. 
They just popped out of the ground -- big and round and pungent-smelling. I'm holding two varieties - yellow and white. I also harvested radishes, sugar snap peas, and tons of kale. I'd never eaten kale before. It's good.
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Here's the work station. It used to be a white canopy until an unexpected storm had its way with it. Luckily for the KinderFarm, my son, Jared, came along from Santa Cruz, California. With wood,  a few nails, and a canvas tarp he constructed a permanent work area to clean and bag the vegetables. Here are Treska, Kiersten, and Jared preparing the produce for market and for the dinner table too.

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This fluffy, white rooster taos-farm-roosters-2009
lives with the hens who lay the eggs.


The colorful Miranda Canyon KinderFarm farm market stall being "wo-manned" by Kiersten and her two fellow farmers, Jenny and Marcy.
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And at the end of the day, when the work is done, there is beauty to behold.

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