SOIL | Bringing in the Sheaves 2017

•September 6, 2017 • 2 Comments

Steven, his family and I celebrated the one-year anniversary of their coming to live at Ransom Ranch. We harvested an exceptional crop of wheat in June, thanks to Steven’s efforts.

I’ve successfully grown kamut (R) for five years and wanted to try white Sonoran wheat (L) this year. The yield looks great, though we haven’t finished threshing, winnowing and weighing yet.

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SOIL | On the Solar Path

•September 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

After raising some money with our GoFundMe campaign, the solar conversion of the well begins in earnest. STEP 1) Pouring a slab to support the 2300 gallon tank, supervised by neighbor dog Dingo.

STEP 2) Install solar panels. STEP 3) After pulling the old pump, install BRAND NEW *SHINY* Grunfoss submersible pump!

Sunlight goes in panels and triggers the pump by way of the inverter and controller in pumphouse. Water is on its way to the 25-gallon pressure tank and then into the big green tank. As water is used a booster pump inside the green tank keeps refilling the tank. All the plumbing on the ranch is connected to this tank. (The big tan tank collects rainwater from the pumphouse roof.) MAGIC!!

EARTH | And the Build Goes On

•September 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

We hosted another wonderful visit from United World College students who laid the earthbag foundation for a new tiny building, which I call a hybrid hut.

Working on a variation of the hybrid hut, which will become a second humanure outhouse.

A wonderful LARGE group from United World College assisted in earthbag work for the pumphouse addition and the new humanure outhouse.

Winter wall building continues with Nikki and Alex and The Family. This is the addition onto the pumphouse.

A perfect rainbow brought us into 2017 on New Year’s Day.

OUTREACH | It’s been a whole year…

•September 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since I posted here. Two factors account for this: 1) I started a Ransom Ranch Facebook page last Fall; and 2) After the election I entered sort of a paralytic state, and then shifted into activist mode. Activity at Ransom Ranch continued, however, and now I’ll catch you up.

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OUTREACH | Ransom Ranch GoFundMe Campaign!

•September 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Howdy Friends!  We’ve been working really hard putting this crowdfunding campaign together. Please take the time to read (CLICK HERE for our GoFundMe page) and watch the video so you can see what we’ve been up to. – Marcia

Please share this 30-day campaign with your friends on Facebook and forward to anyone who you think would be interested in our project.

OUTREACH | Late Summer 2016 Interns

•August 30, 2016 • 3 Comments
Alex from Michigan and Aneesah from Houston join Marcia in her front yard corn field. Summer interns learning and providing help with alternative building, organic garden/farm, land reclamation, rainwater collection, and tech support for upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

Alex from Michigan and Aneesah from Houston join Marcia in her front yard corn field. Summer interns learning and providing help with alternative building, organic garden/farm, land reclamation, rainwater collection, and tech support for upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

EARTH | Outdoor Shower Completed!

•August 30, 2016 • 1 Comment
New outdoor shower completed!

New outdoor shower completed!

 

Aneesah and Alex learning to use a water level. A water level has many uses. In this case we're determining where the gray water from the shower will go.

Marcia showing Alex and Aneesah how to use a water level. A water level has many uses. In this case we’re determining where the gray water from the shower will go.

 

Alex and Aneesah planting an Arizona Black Walnut tree which will be irrigated with the gray water from the shower. Yay!

Alex and Aneesah planting an Arizona Black Walnut tree which will be irrigated with the gray water from the shower. Yay!