Tipi Poles are drying and getting ready for transport! Order yours soon if you want them this season!!
We are now on our second run into the mountains to harvest poles
Our family is making the yearly trip to harvest Tipi Poles for our friends and others who need some! We will be headed North this week to harvest to suit your needs.. Now is the time to place your order and we can bring em out of the forest for you. We only harvest poles that are going to be cut by the National Forest anyway and we use sustainable practices. Please Support our growing family business! I will also be harvesting and making more plant medicines from the lovely wilds of our beautiful country..
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My words to all you out there..
The deepest Loves will always be there. Your paths will wind and cross and if the time is right you will all be re-joined in sacred union. Walk the earth with Patience and Path and Purpose and the Divine Plan will be fulfilled.
I am Blessed Eternally! We are all Blessed!
The day has come for us to get our horses! With a mix of excitement and fear, we now have the joyous responsibility of 2 more heartbeats.
The journey from there former home to their new one went seamless. I am amazed at these guys and how capable they are.
I am falling more and more in love with them as I work with them in our space. I have been getting to know each horsenality and feel equally drawn to both on the ground and on their backs.
We are using Dr Cook Bitless Bridals and Best Friend Comfort Plus Bareback Pads to ride with and we love them!
The horses and our space will be ready for clients soon!
We also got gifted some awesome topsoil to add to our ever expanding Gardens and Fruit Trees. We are blessed and thankful.
Keep checking back for news!!
Welcome Our New "Therapists" And The Opening of Wild Hearts and Horses Center for Emotional Empowerment!
We will be welcoming our 2 beautiful Geldings to our Wild Hearts and Horses Center for Emotional Empowerment this week. After working with them for a few months we are now ready to bring them to our lovely space in South Austin.
For centuries horses have been a conduit for healing on a deep level. Majestic and Empowering stimulating fear, love, trust and respect. Horses are now a large part of our Wild Hearts and Horses Center for Emotional Empowerment and our Tipi Life.
We will be working with Chippewa Moon and Desert Sun during our sessions. The average session lasts and hour and a half though if needed we can work for less.
We work with couples working through relationship challenges, children and parents, siblings, and individuals.
Each Session layout is very organic depending on the person or couples needs.
Come with The Tipi Family on a 2 hour plant walk in South Austin!
We will Cover many plants that grow around here while enjoying the nature trail.
The walk is Sat March 5th with two times to choose from 12pm and 4pm.
We will answer qustions and guide you in the basics.
What is Wildcrafting?
How do I Wildcraft?
How are the plants used?
How do I prepare the plants?
How do I make a tincture?
We will walk and share knowledge then make our own tinctures to bring home.
$50 each, children free, bring a friend and each save $5 on tuition. YOU KEEP YOUR TINCTURE!
Location is South Austin, I will give map and directions when you register with me.
email or message me for more details.
We set up our 14 foot Tipi and learned first hand why you HAVE to stake it down well!! In the middle of the night we had the whole tipi blow off and over our heads!! WOW Adrenals in action!! Everyone was ok..and yes.. STAKE IT DOWN !!!
Our Land in Big Bend is Great! We just got back from a journey there and we did lots of visioning for the future. We picked the place that we will eventually put our underground house, found our dream driveway, and mapped out permiculture re-greening sites. The quite out there is amazing and the view of Big Bend National park is breathtaking, or better put, breath giving!!
K..as of today we are on a eating only local vegan foods..I am challenged with what to use as seasonings,,this will be fun to see what happens and how long we make it!!
I am Grateful to the amazing farmers that grow here as well as all the folks that work their asses for us at the markets!! YEAH!!
Anyone wanna jump on board with us?? Lower the Carbon Footprint and keep the money here in our expansive community of growers..
I am looking for volunteer families or individuals who would be willing to be part of a photo series inspired by one I saw recently. It will involve the commitment to collect all of your out going trash and recycling for a week. EVERYTHING! Even wrappers. then at the end of the week you and yours will lay in what you would of otherwise disposed of and have your picture taken. This will be a fun and intense project that will bring us a bit closer to looking at our actual impact on the planet. This will also give us the opportunity to upgrade our consumption levels.
So CALLING ALL volunteers!! I also need a photographer amateur or professional to donate their time.
Here is our most recent co-creation with Charlotte Anthony!! Long read!! And Worth IT!!!
I learn from the plants and nature. In order to give the kind of explanations "educated people" expect I pick up books and root around in them to find how these things are described. I believe that we cannot base what we do on these explanations or on science in general. I agree with M. Fukuoka that science is a reductive process. Additionally there is mucho detail, maing research very expensive and science goes where it is funded. It is great when we can find the scientific explanations for what we know works. To be successful farmers in these times have to be in front of the explanations and not wait for the science.
For the folks in Oregon. Many people have concerns about the sun burning the leaves of their plants, such as blueberry plants, and the failure of crops in the hot summers. The fall planted crops continue to do well One reason for these problems could be the increased sun intensity. Traditional India deals with this with a food forest, planting in layers thereby creating some shade for the plants. One plant they use a lot is Sesbania Grandiflora. It is frost sensitive so not a perennial in colder climates but I recommend it as an annual. It needs 9 months for the pods to mature so it will reseed itself. In India it is pruned to a single leader with no branches. It will grow to 6-8 feet in the first year and will provide nitrogen fixation, roots that hold water and dancing shadow shade. I will describe separately the light levels needed by plants, the best way to determine if the plants need shade. You can observe the plants and see if they are getting too much sun. You can mitigate the sun intensity by extra watering. This works if there is enough water. There is however no longer enough water in India or in places in California.
You may have read that I am looking for a desert climate or drought area to green . For example the central valley of California. If you know of any farmers looking for help with their water, please hook me up.
This is the basis of the drought work, divided into two parts. The first part is the short version. The second part is the expanded version.
PRACTICES TO INCREASE RAIN AND INCREASE GROUND WATER:
1. Open water source.
2. Mulch heaps. Mulch must be covering the ground at all times.
3. Open water source.
4. Earth works to allowwater to percolate into the soil.
5. High numbers of leguminous and non leguminous bore well trees.
6. Deep rooted nitrogen fixing legumes.
7. 20 acre parcel of land.
8. No till or low till toencourage microbes in every way possible.
9. Diversified planting.
11. Commercial or broad acre production.
These practices are well known in India where they have been in use for thousands of years. Unfortunately for India, they are not being practiced very much after the green revolution where farmers have been increasingly using mono-cropping systems.
1. Open water source: clouds need seeding with some moisture .This happens with the open water. Clouds also need particulate matter to act as a nidus for the rain drops. Trench irrigation covered with mulch is preferable to drip irrigation. Trench irrigation actually feeds plants with under water from underneath, highly valuable and is more conservative and sustainable than drip irrigation.
a. Mulch can be grown on site, and the heaps need to be at least every 30 feet.
b. In a low water system, mulch on the plants hold in the water and allows the dew to coalesce overnight. The mulch can be a brown mulch or a living mulch. The soil needs to be covered to protect the microbes from the sun. You can also plant slug catcher plants and pick the slugs off
3. Earth works to allow water to percolate into the soil to recharge the ground water. The water is stored underground. One pond or more is needed so there is a continuous open source of water, even during the driest times. The pond can be long and thin with trees surrounding for minimum evaporation.
4. Deep rooted trees.
a. These trees need to be planted from seed as usually the tap root is destroyed between the nursery and its final planting. Also nurseries tend to overwater the seedlings and this leads to less resilient trees. The specific trees for your area need to researched. The optimal trees are deep rooted, very fast growing, and ideally trees that can be coppiced . At least 50% of these trees need to be nitrogen fixing. Some deep rooted trees that cannot be coppiced may be included. An interesting tool for this research is analog climate zones. http://www.twovisionspermaculture.com/?s=building+a+climate+analogue
b. Plant deep rooted (tap root) nitrogen fixing trees, to shade other plants and for chop and drop mulch. In the early years tree rows can be in swaths, maybe two rows for a total of a foot wide with other plantings in the next row5 feet. In a garden situation Sesbania Grandiflora may be used.
c. Other deep-rooted trees, can be timber, fruit, nut ,insect and pollinator habitat etc.
d. Bore well trees, (bore well as in a well dug with an auger) are a passive way of pulling water up from under the ground without actually using a bore. The mycorhizzals share the water they bring up with the other plants. The high tech method of bringing the water that has been stored in the ground to the service is a bore well, the low tech method is a bore well tree. In the forest these bore well trees work together to provide water to new seedlings.
5. Grow deep rooted legumes in swaths between whatever is planted. (5 foot of millet, 5 foot of maybe alfalfa, 5 feet of dry land rice, 5 foot of trees. There is information to suggest that planting ½ the field with legumes will actually yield equally to growing without the legumes. AThe legumes would yield another crop. Alfalfa could be used for fodder, for seed, and for mulch .another option is beans and then the plants used for mulch after the beans are threshed.
6. Needs a 20 acre parcel to work to increase the rain. There is a critical mass of area needed for this. Do not know what it is exactly. In India where I saw it, the parcel was 17 acres. This might need to be 25 acres or 50 acres in desert areas.
7. No till or low till
a. Seriously encourage and seed microbes to create a living soil. Tilling destroys microbes. Living soils collect water etc. Yes we can till the first time to open the soil. After the first tilling, then we want to cut off the tops of the plants leaving the roots in the ground for maximum microbes and dipple the seed into the bare spaces to plant. One way to dipple the seed: is tothrow down one seed and use a long stick to push the seed under and then step on it. There is machinery to do this if you have a broad acre farm. Also ,one of the projects I will be working on is appropriate technology devices to be used There aremany that I learned about in India thatwill be a good business for someone.
b. Make our own microbe tea. Elaine Ingham suggests that we take the weeds growing on soil we plan to use. Do not pull them up by the roots. Leave the roots in the ground. The roots are the best food the microbes have. Take the leaves and put them in a barrel. Then fill the barrel with water to the level of the weeds. Stir in one direction for one minute and then in the opposite direction for another minute at least once a day. (this is vortex stirring) Ferment for 21 days. Then dilute 10:1 and spray out or use a watering can. You can do this every 10 days the first year. You will not have to be repeat the next year if you do not till or dig the soil and are satisfied with your yields. Please go to Elaine Ingham for exact method she uses. I used her name because I got the idea from her. I used to buy the microbes over the internet.
c. Will the weeds come back if we do not pull them out by the roots? If we are lucky the weeds will come back. When they begin to shade the plants we want, we can harvest them and use them again for our microbe tea or we can lie them down for mulch. For the mulch to be effective it needs to be at least 3 inches deep or the plants will just dry out. choose a small section of the land and put the mulch there if there is not enough mulch material for the whole piece to be 3 inches deep.
d. As Elaine Ingham says, microbes can grow very quickly, in fact microbes could grow to the size of the earth in one day. Microbes have a short life cycle so they make significant organic matter. They eat dead microbes, as well as plant sugars and they love to live in relationship to plant roots. They also eat soil particles, so you can drastically increase microbes by adding azomite or any kind of rock dust. Also,if you have large soil particles you can pulverize some of your soil, or if you have a lot of silt somewhere you can use this to feed the microbes. If you put compost out, make sure you cover the compost with soil. Unbroken down food is better than compost for feeding microbes than finished compost. And most of you know about biochar. This can be ground into small particles and put onto the soil and covered with mulch or at least plant leaves.
8. Diversified plantings feed a living soil. Grow fruit and nut trees, medicinal herbs, vegetables in addition to already suggested bore well trees, nitrogen fixing legumes. Grow the nitrogen fixing trees and legumes so that mulch is available near every plant.
a. Sooner or later many of the nitrogen fixing trees will be removed. We suggest planting them every 5 feet in all directions in the beginning and the fruit and nut trees will expand into much of this space.
b. Non-hybrid seeds are in general much more resilient.
c. If there are 20 different plants ½ of which are nitrogen fixing, fertilizer of any kind will not need to be added. The plants and microbes will fertilize each other.
d. See my web site for a crop cycle that has been done for hundreds of years, each year the soil becoming more alive.
e. There is a medium point for both fertilizer and water where the plant produces optimally. Erring on either side causes less production. Plants do not have a feedback mechanism for too much fertilizer whether organic or chemical. When they get too much fertilizer they take it up. Then for osmotic balance they take up water. This causes the cells to grow larger which makes for pretty plants, but they are out of balance and prone to insect,fungus and virus problems. (this mechanism of results from over-stimulating the plants is from Regenerating the Soil by Claude Bourguignon).
9. Hedgerows at least every 750 feet and around the outside of the planting for wind barriers, pollinators, plant pest predators, food, timber, etc.
10. Commercial or broad acre production.
a. As the plot size needs to be 20 acres this is usually a broad acre production site.
b. Another alternative would be a lot of small farmers getting together.
c. These plots could be done by non-governmental organizations or government organizations.
d. This model shows presupposes the farmers making enough money from these practices with little capital input to make it worth their while to do it.
Seeing how these methods have worked over 4 years in Borneo there is a video from Willi Smits on his organgutang project . In his project they have measured the ground water levels and the rain fall to show how his work increased both.
Another farm using all of these practices, working without irrigation or fertilizer for the past 17 years where the rainfall is 650 mm (26 in.) mainly between June and November) with amazing yields, is Narsanna Koppula’s farm near Hyderabad, India.
You know those times in life when you get a scrap of information and it changes your whole way of thinking? Well, yesterday my permaculture mentor Charolett Anthony recommended a movie to me. I sat with my children and watched it. My son 7 and my daughter 12 were brought to tears. We knew the world was in need of our help,yet,were unaware at how much. The experience was amazing, my daughter who sometimes has a challenge with my “extreme” choices in sustainability finally got it. She found a level of respect and understanding for me and our choices as a family and best of all she jumped on board to help me save the world!! The team is growing and I choose to stay in a place of LOVE while I navigate the world. I am grateful to all the people involved in putting this film together, and, even more, I am grateful to those who are making massive change in sustainable choices. Please take the time to watch this movie! AND BRING TISSUES!!
With the surprise of a connected phone call...The Divine Flow of the Tipi Family is gonna take another adventurous turn. We have been asked to co-create with the Lovely Permaculture Goddes Charlotte anthony . We are due to head to a Ringing Cedars Anastasia Intentional Community with the outcome of gaining knowledge to share as well as have the opportunity to co-teach with this amazing woman! When we return we will be loaded with even more knowledge to bring into our Tipi Family Lives!
This morning the Earth is Wearing Diamonds. This is our first freeze of the winter and we are blessed with enough firewood and a kick ass wood stove! There is something Magical about the earth and the outside of the Tipi covered in a layer of ice. Everything shimmers and blesses us with extraordinary light!
Taking a deep look at our level of waste and recycling, We as a family decided 3 days ago to completely stop buying things in plastic or metal. We are doing an experiment to see how our life shifts. It was a challenge on our first shopping trip and indeed we had to put many things back on the shelf. We are buying in bulk and only fresh. I have already noticed a difference in how my body feels eating even more fresh foods.
Wowza! We have been busy with the Tipi Reset. We decided not to build a deck and instead went Native and did a mound and trench. I hauled woodchips from a local project and created a mound with the center being the highest point. This will allow any water that gets in to drain out an into our trench that we dug. We also peeled and finished up our new tipi poles! This was a very challenging job. I have one huge recommendation if you ever choose to harvest your own poles the way I did. PEEL THEM RIGHT WHEN YOU HARVEST THEM!! I cannot stress this enough. I did the kinda lazy thing and waited till I needed them! My job was so hard. I am grateful that I had my mother and family to help peel. I had already peeled about 8 on site where I harvested and the difference between the 2 was substantial to say the least. I repeat!!! PEEL THEM ON SITE!
I am enthusiastic to say we now have two tipis up and ready for use and this week I plan on setting up one more for guests to stay in and as another shared outdoor space.
The first Sweat Lodge and Nature Connection Event will be in late November or early December!
Took down the Tipi to make space to build our deck. It felt painful to my heart as I took it down. Our home of the last year. And, I am enthusiastic to see the next chapters unfold. The heavy rains have put a pause on the project so we are using this time to update our internet presence, visit family, and work on our book. Check out the slideshow!!
Sweat Lodge is in the process of being built and now we have 4 Tipi Lodges to share. Soon we will offer plant walks and sweat lodges with the option to stay the night in the Tipi! Super Digging into the nature of ourselves.
We are at a pause in our travels to winterize the Tipi Spot. We have a deck to build, rain cap to install and completely new set of poles! Life is rich and full as we rep the benefits of the coming fall and the lovely plants we continue to create medicin
In the lovely woods outside of Taos New Mexico.The Tipi Family got to experience HAIL! The storm flew in fast and the family got everything covered in the nick of time. We covered the fire up with old wet bark and were able to keep the food cooking and the fire lit through the storm. It is amazing what the adrenal glands can do to push us into action!! I am grateful for dry bedding and a hot fire.
We arrived in the Taos area of New Mexico yesterday! Such a lovely time of year here. We were able to find many awesome plants growing all around..Wild strawberry, Raspberry, Oregon Grape, Plantain, Yarrow, and so many more! We also picked and ate some Pinon Pine nuts, yummy!
Our journey has been flowing and easy. We hiked for a long hike yesterday and dipped in 3 hotsprings pools.heaven! I will post video and pics soon!
Wendy and Children!
We are a family of 3 that is passionately living a Life surrounded by the Tipi and deep connection with nature. Mother and 2 children.