Rainy Rainy – Nappy Play ~

17 Jul

To rainy to work outside ;-(  chanting & meditating  in my cabin playing with essential oils and incense… Doing an hour of Yoga and stretching was lovely. Not sure why but the fire ants left my bed so jumping in and out of nap time is easy without my a$$ all bit up. Were reading, listening to music, occasionally getting a smooth cold drink or hitting up the tea.

Were opening up a Goddess clothing store soon “Shakti Ma Ma”, having fun researching dresses, bags, etc we will also be selling Bindi’s and local handcrafted items such as art and jewelry. I will be offering my sacred salve and sexy salve’s also and we plan on having live music when possible ~ Also hoping to find a store front large enough to host female gatherings ~ All soft bodied lovelies sitting in space sharing love ahh…

We have space for two more woofers! Timothy has taken a break and is headed to another farm. We have a huge tent space in the back and a smaller tent space with an outdoor kitchen and solar… If ya know anyone who works hard and needs a space let us know – these two tent spaces are in the sheep pasture not sure if a female could handle the space just an FYI.

Enjoy this lovelies ~

Squiglee The Magnificant ~

15 Jul

The first thing Sguiglee did when he was gently placed into his loving enclosure was run around and buck – He then started scratching his but on the grass SO CUTE AGHH! He is very happy in his new home and we will start building a larger pen area for Squiglee and friends in the back of the property behind the chicken house. This way we can use the preexisting structure to build a roof out from saving time and $$$. It is very important to learn to breed and raise livestock you can eat them, breed them, also use for barter and trade and trust me when the dollars worthless ANY food source is going to become GOLD – cause folks ya cant even eat Gold… So start learning to love em and breed em all!

We will be feeding Squiglee organic local produce he will not be eating fake store bought pig food!

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Red Cinder Against a Red Floor ~

15 Jul

Big chunky wheel barrows full of cinder, 100 pound loads all 50 each day piled and pushed, smoothed and standing against the earth. Protecting our dwellings from mice, rats, bugs. We are spreading the dump truck size pile where it is needed around cabins, under cabins, around the main house as well as around the community kitchen area. I only hope we can create culverts and ditches by moving rocks when it rains hard so we are not creating streams and rivers on the property. Cinder can erode and wash away in the case of a heavy rain so it is vital that there are easements for the water away from the paths we are making. It looks so clean and so fresh when the cinder is laid down, the heavy work load is grounding hard – hard physical work is very grounding… we work soaking wet in the rain with sweat pouring out of us, I like to see how long I can go without water.

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Prosopis pallida – Kiawe ~ Huarango ~ Tree of Life

10 Jul

Source is strong and the download was hard and fast on this tree – Almost a year ago today I took my son and his two friends camping on the Kohala coast. As a single female I don’t know how to put up a tent or how to choose a decent location, but I did my best in finding a location so we could fish, make a fire, camp out, and have fun. I chose a spot based on what was available as far as camping registration, no mixed words here it was a horrible hellish place with trees that had huge thorns on them. We started noticing that we were getting thorns poking through our sandals, I had never seen anything like it and sensed a valuable lesson was to come of this experience but I wasn’t sure how this puzzle piece would fit into place… Until now. I was drawn to an article yesterday and it led me down a path of information to valuable to ignore, to important not to share with you. There is just something about this thorny tree, and yes there is something about this tree. Every time I would drive on the Kohala coast of the Big island I would see acres upon acres of dry barren lava rock and my mind would wonder what, what, what, could grow there… What would be a valuable resource to the community… Puzzle SNAPS together! Kiawe “The Tree of Life” also called, “The One” also called huarango ( I am discovering many other names are popping up as well). Ahh and yes you guessed it, the Agenda 21 folks ICLEI folks have this tree on their list of trees they call “Invasive”, “Unsustainable”, “Satan’s Weed”. They want to “eradicate it” … Shall we let them? No. “The clearing of kiawe (huarango) has been suggested as a major reason for the collapse of the Nazca culture in southern Peru at the beginning of the 6th century AD after an El Niño event led to flooding, erosion and desertification.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopis_pallida) there are varieties with smaller thorns and some with no thorns, as we learn and grow, lets think and apply this information.

Imagine a tree that has the following qualities and can grow on barren land, sand, or lava rock …

Kiawe as Food

1. Pod seeds can be pounded down into a highly nutritious super flour that is 11% protein
2. Dried bean pods and the flour made from dried Kiawe pods will store for YEARS.
3. A Brazilian study found that the broken pods of Kiawe could be boiled for 2 hours and the resulting liquid fraction is concentrated into a syrup similar to molasses but with a bitter flavor
4. Dried Kiawe bean pods ground into meal or flour is considered a staple food. It is very delicious and adds a sweet nutty taste to breads, pancakes, muffins, cakes and cookies.
5. Kiawe is also gluten free, GMO free, highly nutritious, diabetic friendly and can be used to make syrup, jelly, tea, milk, and wine and beer.
6. Unlike wheat that digests within one to two hours, Kiawe takes four to six hours to digest, resulting in delay of hunger pangs.
7. Diabetics! Daniel I found it! The sweetness in the Kiawe bean pod comes from fructose which does not require insulin to be metabolized and because of its high fiber content, the nutrients are absorbed which also assists in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Kiawe breaks down slowly in our bodies, providing lasting energy and stabilizing blood sugar levels. It is a diabetic-friendly food that is also gluten free.
8. Syrup made from the pods is a highly nutritional supplement given to children and lactating mothers to fortify their diets.
9. ANIMAL FOOD! Yes animals can eat Kiawe an abundant supply for our livestock and animals!
10. The light yellow flowers of the Kiawe attract bees. Now there exists an opportunity to fill a niche with little to no competition – pharmaceutical grade, raw, medicinal honey, propolis and bee pollen, sustainably produced utilizing compassionate beekeeping techniques coupled with organic agricultural practices from Kiawe in Hawaii. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
11. Kiawe contains protein and minerals such as barium, boron, calcium, chromium, obalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potatssium, sodium, sulfur, and zinc. (Source: http://themolokaidispatch.com/kiawe-beans-pods-not-just-food-for-livestock/)
12. Tea!`Ai Pohaku Kiawe Bean Tea Recipe Ingredients: Fresh Kiawe bean pods and Water. Directions: Rinse Kiawe bean pods if necessary, then fill pot 1/2 way. Add water to pot, until it’s 2/3 full. Bring to a rolling boil, 10-20 minutes then simmer on lowest heat for one hour. Makes beautiful dark brown sweet tea. Very tasty hot or iced! (Source: http://themolokaidispatch.com/kiawe-beans-pods-not-just-food-for-livestock/)
13. BEER and WINE – Kiawe pods can contain in excess of 40% sucrose. This is a large amount of sugar that lends itself quite readily to fermentation. Kiawe Beer: “The kiawe could be used as an adjunct to barley to offer its own characteristic flavor.  Possibly you could substitute the pounds of barley for pounds of kiawe grain.  Since the kiawe has more available mono and di saccarides. Heat the grain less, to alpha/beta diastase levels (ie between 145-160 F) than you would have to do with barley (high in starches, low in soluble sugars).” (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
14. The Mexicans make a sort of gruel, called atole de mezquite, by boiling the Kiawe or mesquit pods, mashing them to a pulp in fresh water, and straining.
15. Sweet, fresh pods were commonly chewed in indigenous cultures, and are today still consumed raw by children and in rural areas

Kiawe as Medicine

1. A useful by-product of the Mesquit-tree (Kiawe) is a gum that exudes from the bruised bark and may be used for the purpose of gum arabic, which it much resembles” (Bartlett in Moore 2003). The amber-colored exudate is soluble in water, but not in alcohol, ether, or oils. Gum of Acacia is also known as Gum Arabic. It forms thick, adhesive mucilage with cold or hot water. If allowed to evaporate the gum will be left with its properties in tact. Gum Arabic is considered nutritive as well as demulcent. It is used to soothe mucous membranes in cases of dysentery, gastritis, bronchitis, coughs, colds, hoarseness, diarrhea, and of typhoid. It is consumed dissolved in cold water for as many days as needed or the stomach will bear. Mixed with sugar it becomes an excellent delivery vehicle for medicines. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
2. “Its leaves can be chewed into a poultice and applied to cuts and punctures, kill the pain and prevent infection. We have used the chewed poultice on serious wana punctures. It relived the pain on contact, reduced the swelling in 10 minutes and neither the pain or swelling returned. It was amazing!” (Source: http://waianaegold.com/what-is-kiawe/)
3. Diabetics! Anecdotal reports indicate that when Kiawe honey is consumed in its raw state, people with diabetes recognize a lowering in insulin levels. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)

 

Kiawe as Fuel

1. Kiawe is a gourmet firewood for smoking meats and barbeque
2. Kiawe can be turned into Charcoal
3. Kiawe’s  dense wood makes excellent biofuel, post and lumber material

 

Kiawe as EcoSystem Sustainable System Assistant

1. Kiawe trees are excellent shade trees
2. Kiawe trees leaves are high in nitrogen and make excellent mulch and compost material for dirt and soil restoration as well as a nitrogen fixer. (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawe_draft_1.htm)
3. Kiawe trees assist in stopping soil erosion
4. Assists in growth of under forage ground cover that is shade tolerant

 

Kiawe History

Kiawe is botanically known as Prosopis pallida. The tree is a tropical legume from coastal South America whose range spans southern Ecuador, coastal Peru, Bolivia and northern Chile. Half way between the Port of Quilca, Arequipa and the Port of Callao, Lima, is an inland desert town of Ica. Ica is world renown for its dry climate, massive sand dunes, and excellent wine. In the early 1500’s the Spanish attempted to produce wine in different regions of Peru. They first tried the high altitude region of Cuzco, and then later moved to Arequipa before finally settling in the lower Ica Valley where they could achieve the quality they wanted. Up to that time the sand dunes were covered with forests of a tree the locals call huarango. This ancient Quechua word translates to “the tree” or “the one” an allusion to its significance as the tree of life in a marginal desert environment.” (SOURCE: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawearticle/honolulu_prosopis_article_2.htm)

“On November 21st 1826 La Comete left France on its voyage to the Sandwich Islands. Before arriving in Honolulu circa July 6th 1827 the ship made two stops in Peru for 6 weeks. On board was Hawaii’s first Catholic Priest, Father Alexis Bachelot, also known as the man who brought Kiawe to Hawaii.” (Source: http://www.rnl3.net/ilsdweb/projects/kiawe/kiawearticle/honolulu_prosopis_article_2.htm)

 

Do your own research on this tree and discover why eradication efforts are underway to stifle our ability to live freely off the aina ~ Open your eyes something that looks like a weed might actually be one of the most perfect blessings you have or will ever cross paths with ~ Blessings and love and light to you all…

 

Red Floor ~

8 Jul

Super amount of clean up of trash stuffs around the yard clean up happening. We will have to hire or get a truck to haul the load of scrap and garbage out, we really need a truck uh! Trying to get all the burnable lumber in the fire pit and pick up all the items around the yard. Working also on tree pruning, weeding, the list is endless and fun! We are painting the tribe kitchen dining hall floor red and it looks so good, I might have to slap myself to wake up hee hee… The cabin I dwell in has a new deck living area being added with roof top yipee! Excited to have a pillow floor area there… perhaps a morning tea making ceremonial area as well.

 

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Tribe Positive ~

26 Jun

Tribe Positive ~ Universal blessings abound and I am so thankful for our supportive farm tribe working hard on our planting projects today so I could spend the day getting web updates and other computer work done for the big community sustainability event this weekend. We are booking bands, getting all local artists ready, were bringing in the Hickup Circus troop and will have vendors and booths from local farmers. So busy and so excited we have put months into this event!

Today I checked on the progress the tribe is doing on the outside planting area, WOW check out these photos! The pineapple patch is now a raised bed area and more protected from the dogs! Also the path has been reworked going into the small greenhouse it looks amazing nice work everyone! Also VERY EXCITED we have the outdoor community dining area floor cemented! YAHOOO!!!

 

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Waking To A Dream ~

25 Jun

Like waking to a dream – Morning Sunshine! Today we sign papers, important papers, again final papers. Today they pour cement and we move forward -

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Sustainability ~

24 Jun

Here we go this weekends big Sustainability Event and I will be there all weekend long ~ www.HawaiiSustainability.org ~ I have put in so much time building the website, going to meetings, generating Newsletters and assisting in bringing community closer to the goals of self sufficiency and sustainability here on the Islands. We are doing a whole heck of a lot more but this is all I can say for now… OH accept that I have a baby piggy and I get to bottle feed him and I love him and I don’t think I can eat him ~ His name is squiggly, he snort calls at me when he is hungry. I feed him every 3 hours replacement milk and rice, sometimes I smoosh up bananas in the milky and give it to him.

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That Happy Place ~

20 Jun

IMG_3398Ahh that Happy place when you have it all ~ Delightful space of tranquility, family, and friends to frolic with and have fun, animals to soothe and pamper who are more then funny. Abundance of food and fruit as well as music and art projects. That is a happy place inside where it all feels good… OK let’s get down to the art projects we are working on! I encourage other communities to set aside time for community art projects, this is an important step in building community culture, it gets everyone involved and those in community that are more proficient and skilled with art projects can assist others who would like to learn or try their hand with creating beauty.

Embracing cultural community building leads to a close intimacy and shared responsibility that is based on trust, love, and respect for healthy boundaries. Some of the art projects we are working on are as follows:

1. Floral Arrangements – are a weekly project here, we love having flowers in mason jars on community tables. Using mason jars lends a farm touch that everyone can appreciate. Walking around the farm and finding flowers of various shapes and colors also assists all members in being present in this space and knowing where everything is based on their exploration or hunt for flowers. Amazing even if you live here once you start exploring the farm you will find something new every time.

2. Puzzles – One of our woofers a few weeks ago started on the beautiful puzzle you see pictured here on the top of this page. He shalacked it and has it hanging in his tent. Working on the puzzle together was fun and everyone was able to participate.

3. Drawing & Painting – When you have a skilled artist in the community everyone can benefit by their teaching. Learning to use the proper paint is important and creating an art piece together as community helps everyone engage in the learning and creativity process. We like to paint tables, chairs, paper, and the drawing you see here was also created by our community with each member lending their skilled hands to the work in progress.

4. Sculptures & Hanging Art – sea shells have been placed all around the property, some are hanging from rope tied with marbles and shiny objects or rocks. Some sea shells are neatly assorted around plants or rocks. Marbles, those shiny beauties can also be found around the property, it makes for fun exploration especially for kids! Sculptures can be made with varying types of rocks and or branches and twigs found on the property. Spaces can be shaped and formed using rocks as barriers, tree branches can also be used to create “spaces.” Being imaginative with a fresh mind and happy perspective elicits the desire to create beauty as well as to walk within it. Open your creativity process and engage with nature in a new way by creating delightful pieces of beauty that everyone can enjoy.

I hope your mind is open to the possibilities to living a happy abundant life where we all thrive together in love ~:-) ~

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Needed THAT ~

19 Jun

IMG_3525There are times when your reactions become so inappropriate to outside stimuli that you need to step away and distance yourself from the situation, especially when the stress of multiple situations is not lending any comfort just more work, thought, action.  WOW we all needed THAT! My mom was going nuts, I was going nuts, and my son was bored we needed an adventure and we got one! Luckily we live in a place that offers all of the tools to equip ourselves to re-assess, re-explore, and re-sume our daily lives in a healthy positive manor all whilst being stress free and clear headed. The Universe does not make mistakes…

I FELL IN LOVE with a brown lace dress, LOVE it so much this dress I have been envisioning for months and I found it! Also mom got to talk to a bunch of super awesome people, she is a very social creature and needs that stimulation. We will plan on having regular outings with the family so we don’t feel so cooped up here on the farm. Playing in the water together was so much fun we needed THAT!

 

 

Yes please!!

Yes please!!

Going to wear this forever! LOVE me my lace!

Going to wear this forever! LOVE me my lace!

It took us awhile to get the "hang" of it...

It took us awhile to get the “hang” of it…

Gonna go explore more often :-)

Gonna go explore more often :-)

Holding on!!

Holding on!!

Heavy as all get out but I carried it!

Heavy as all get out but I carried it!

Beauty Queen ~ LOVE!

Beauty Queen ~ LOVE!

 

 

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