EARTH | Rural Solar Applications workshop 2016

•August 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Marcia and Alex attending Rural Solar Applications workshop at Cochise College, Douglas, presented by Arizona Land and Water Trust. Gathering information pertinent to solar pumping project for the well at Ransom Ranch.

Marcia and Alex attending Rural Solar Applications workshop at Cochise College, Douglas, presented by Arizona Land and Water Trust. Gathering information pertinent to solar pumping project for the well at Ransom Ranch.

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SOIL | Seed Saving Workshop in Tucson 2016

•August 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Dissecting seeds/flowers at Seed Saving workshop.

Dissecting seeds/flowers at Seed Saving workshop.

Separating cotton from its seeds at Tucson's Native Seed Search workshop.

Separating cotton from its seeds at Tucson’s Native Seed Search workshop.

Learn more at http://www.nativeseeds.org/

SOIL | How I Grow Wheat

•March 19, 2016 • 2 Comments
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February 12: Eliana admires wheat seedlings planted in flats. Protected in a cold frame, they grew to this size in only nine days.

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February 28 & 29: Wheat seedlings have been transplanted into the garden, and protected from birds with bottomless tin cans. Drip irrigation is visible.

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Late May: Harvesting wheat by cutting it close to the ground and tying in sheaves. Grain will cure in sunlight, protected from birds.

4 wheat threshing

Students from United World College thresh wheat to music!

Winnowing the threshed grain with a fan.

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580 square feet produced the 4.5 pounds of kamut wheat you see on the right. As I continue to build the soil, the yield increases. In addition to the wheat itself, growing grains improves the soil and provides a large quantity of straw (biomass) for compost.

OUTREACH | UWC-USA Climate Change and Energy Initiatives Conference

•February 12, 2016 • 2 Comments

Marcia was invited to present a program about Ransom Ranch at the 2016 United World College USA Conference on Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. More details about the conference here.

"The Castle" at United World College, USA

“The Castle” at United World College, USA

Students learning the principles of the arch, vault, and dome, and taking a 'virtual tour' of Ransom Ranch.

Students learning the principles of the arch, vault, and dome, and taking a ‘virtual tour’ of Ransom Ranch.

Illustrating how being an artist can help in planning and design.

Illustrating how being an artist can help in planning and design.

Illustrating Marcia's start in farming and gardening in the mid-1970s, here sorting dates in the field.

Illustrating Marcia’s start in farming and gardening in the mid-1970s, here sorting dates in the field, 1975

Our leased date grove

Our leased date grove, 1975

Marcia, her goats and garden by an orange orchard, Coachella Valley, CA, 1975.

Marcia, her goats and garden by an orange orchard, Coachella Valley, CA, 1976

OUTREACH | February Ransom Ranch Open House

•February 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

For info about our monthly Open House Potluck at Ransom Ranch see our Visiting page.

Good turnout of friends and newcomers, folks interested in building, young and old

Good turnout of friends and newcomers, folks interested in building, young and old

Sharing pictures on the iPad inside the dome

Sharing pictures on the iPad inside the dome

OUTREACH | First Intern!

•February 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Eliana arrives late at night from France. She will be helping with planting wheat, lime-plastering, and more at Ransom Ranch this month, then traveling on to other projects.

Eliana arrives late at night from France. She will be helping with planting wheat, lime-plastering, and more at Ransom Ranch this month, then traveling on to other projects.

EARTH & CLAY | Starting Tile-Work Inside Papercrete Kitchen

•February 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hand-painted and fired backsplash tiles in outdoor kitchen at Ransom Ranch

Hand-painted and fired backsplash tiles in outdoor kitchen at Ransom Ranch

Hand-painted and fired backsplash tiles in outdoor kitchen at Ransom Ranch

The entire ceiling of the outdoor kitchen is being tiled with intermittent handpainted bee tiles.

The entire ceiling of the outdoor kitchen is being tiled with intermittent handpainted bee tiles.