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.

EARTH | Marion’s Patio

•September 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Late Winter... Patrick working the cement mixer. Marcia embedding stones from my extensive collection!

Late Winter… Patrick working the cement mixer. Marcia embedding stones from my extensive collection!

Marion's Patio, finished!

Marion’s Patio, finished!

Marion herself!

Marion herself!

SOIL | 2015 Garden Overview (From Top of Dome)

•September 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Spring! Mesquite (in the background) has leafed out. Pecan trees likewise. Perimeter bed has elephant garlic. Middle and inner beds have wheat seedlings under tin cans. Tombstone rose in foreground is blooming!

Spring! Mesquite (in the background) has leafed out. Pecan trees likewise. Perimeter bed has elephant garlic. Middle and inner beds have wheat seedlings under tin cans. Tombstone rose in foreground is blooming!

Summer! Mesquite beans have been harvested. Pecan trees fully leafed out. Perimeter bed has Yoemi beans climbing the fence. Middle bed has corn on the left and sorghum and chia on the right.

Summer! Mesquite beans have been harvested. Pecan trees fully leafed out. Perimeter bed has Yoemi beans climbing the fence. Middle bed has corn on the left and sorghum and chia on the right.

SOIL | Elephant Garlic

•September 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Flowers are beginning to appear on garlic, but will be cut off so the plant can put its energy into the garlic bulb.

Flowers are beginning to appear on garlic, but will be cut off so the plant can put its energy into the garlic bulb.

Early spring E-Garlic growing fast. Tin cans with bottoms cut out (on the left) protect small wheat seedlings from quail and insects.

Early spring E-Garlic growing fast. Tin cans with bottoms cut out (on the left) protect small wheat seedlings from quail and insects.

Harvested garlic curing, protected in the north wing of the pump house.

Harvested garlic curing, protected in the north wing of the pump house.

Elephant garlic, ready for sale.

Elephant garlic, ready for sale.

SOIL | Kamut Wheat

•September 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Bundling harvested spring wheat into sheaves. Kamut is an ancient form of wheat.

Bundling harvested spring wheat into sheaves. Kamut is an ancient form of wheat.

Having cured in the sun, the kamut is ready to thresh and winnow.

Having cured in the sun, the kamut is ready to thresh and winnow.

See https://marciagibbons.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/soil-first-wheat-crop/ for our first wheat crop.

SOIL | Apples

•September 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Neighbor Tom on backhoe; Billy and Marcia standing by. Clearing a spot for apple trees, and filling in a hole where the earth came from to build the Dome.

Neighbor Tom on backhoe; Billy and Marcia standing by. Clearing a spot for apple trees, and filling in a hole where the earth came from to build the Dome.

First pink lady apple tree---A gift from friend Marian Weaver!

First pink lady apple tree—A gift from friend Marian Weaver!

SOIL | Corn

•September 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Tohono O'odham 60-Day Corn at 30 Days.

Tohono O’odham 60-Day Corn at 30 Days.

Tohono O'odham 60-Day Corn at 60 Days. This is a flour corn, and the ears will be harvested after it dries on the plant.

Tohono O’odham 60-Day Corn at 60 Days. This is a flour corn, and the ears will be harvested after it dries on the plant.

A corn fungus that appears occasionally, considered a nuisance by some, but a culinary delicacy by others.

A corn fungus that appears occasionally, considered a nuisance by some, but a culinary delicacy by others.

OUTREACH | United World College Student Volunteers

•March 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment
October 2015 volunteers from United World College USA.

October 2015 volunteers from United World College USA.

Well fed and relaxing after a day of threshing wheat, chopping compost, and planting elephant garlic.

Well fed and relaxing after a day of threshing wheat, chopping compost, and planting elephant garlic.

Climbing the dome is irresistible to student volunteers from United World College, New Mexico branch. In September, 2014, students from all over the world begin their school year with field trips which include volunteer projects.

Climbing the dome is irresistible to student volunteers from United World College, New Mexico branch. In September, 2014, students from all over the world begin their school year with field trips which include volunteer projects.

Click to go to: United World College, New Mexico

Learning how to build with earthbags at Ransom Ranch.

Learning how to build with earthbags at Ransom Ranch.

Counting out the proportions of the mix in English, Spanish, Flemish, Finnish, and German. Students are building an earthbag stemwall for the north wing of the pumphouse.

Counting out the proportions of the mix in English, Spanish, Flemish, Finnish, and German. Students are building an earthbag stemwall for the north wing of the pumphouse.

Local friend Andy (left) relaxing with Marcia and students after delivering much-needed food, made by other local friends. Many thanks to all involved! Looking forward to next time!

Local friend Andy (left) relaxing with Marcia and students after delivering much-needed food, made by other local friends. Many thanks to all involved! Looking forward to next time!