"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Simple Life

began several years ago for Bill and I.   When we moved to the farm we really had no idea how to be New Mexican farmers.  Truth be told it was more of a personal challenge for us~could we raise/grow foods in the desert?  Whether our methods of frugality in farming are seen as shabby or green is of no concern to us as we are successful in the by gone era of small family farming. 

Below are some photos from one of the gardens we have this year.  For new readers, yes the plants are in a raised tire garden.  Here are some photos from previous seasons here, here and here-with aerial shots of the garden.
I love the flowers brightening the garden.
State Fair Zinnia
I use mint in so many things from flavored drinks
to dental care, to baking, and teas.

The squash are are big hit and I love the sheer volume each plant produces

Buttercrunch lettuce is a wonderful addition to a tortilla wrap.
I am a bit of a nibbler when watering the garden and buttercrunch
is a nice place to begin munching.

Red Russian Kale
I love love love kale...

The plant that makes even the novice gardener a green thumb!!

Could a garden in NM lack peppers?

Another scallop squash plant
So delish

In our home cucumbers are a snack 
Cucumber Snack -peel cucumbers slice thin
take 1 or two limes squeeze fresh lime juice over cucumber slices
sprinkle with NM chile powder and salt~serve!

In addition to the above our garden has several herbs, more flowers, peas, tomatoes, melons, sunflowers, and WEEDS.  

I have found that the simple life is far more detailed and laborious than presented before we began...but it is a way of life that allows Bill and I to know what we are eating and to appreciate the efforts it takes to put food on the table.  The gift while gardening in the desert is to understand that the ground is cursed for thy sake (Genesis 3:17) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee (Genesis 3:18) .  Appreciating this makes the mesquite thorn something to be aware of every step we take while transforming the desert into an oasis. 
The thorns we encounter are tough enough for every girlie shoe I own...

The simple life has brought us closer to our Creator. 

As I close I would like to offer two things-
First if you do not have a Bible and would like one please leave a comment here and we will send you one free of charge.
Second if you would like to share the link to the Bible giveaway on your website, please do so. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Glimpse of Tuesday on the Farm

Laundry and the benefits of using a solar dryer. In New Mexico solar dryer's are extremely cost effective. In addition natural vitamin D is a secondary bonus. Second load will go on line in a bit. Yep~I made that clothespin bag out of a jacket Fourth outgrew.

Hearty stew cooking in the crockpot for my hearty crew!

Bread pans are in use today. As you can see they are quite a collection. I picked them up at yard sales over the years.

Some of the bread...still waiting on the cinnamon rolls.

This hen followed me around today while I was out and about, so she makes it to the blog!

My handsome rams. Obed in the front and Cuatro in the rear. They are Navajo Churro sheep. We are almost 100% allowing the sheep to wander the farm. The mesquite still cause woolly tangles but they all love grazing here and there. When I say grazing I mean munching on native vegetation to the desert southwest.

Loved the sky today.

~piles like this are cropping up all over as we are going to burn the debris in another week.

This is what I worked on while the bread was rising as I need some new potholders. I have several piles of squares cut of old jeans, shirts and skirts that await projects. I added the chickidoodle as I am in a chickidoodle mood!

That is our simple day today as Fourth awaits delivery from Amazon (and boy is she excited as it is the final book in the series). Bill is slowly able to get up and move a bit and recovery is far better than I imagined post surgery. Flies are still buzzing around and I have the fan on as I type this post so all things are normal for New Mexico.