Show and Tell @ Mike and Molly’s House | Boxcar Farm

Farm to table is a popular meme these days.  It evokes all sorts of romantic notions of land stewardship, organic foods and right living.  It lets those who would like to participate in this vision without actually farming themselves close the loop by buying from small local farmers at the farmer’s market or eating at restaurants that carry local food.

boxcar

The boxcar of Boxcar Farm

I got to briefly meet some people last week who are right smack dab at the origin of the cycle.  Kristen and Avrum Katz are the proprietors of Boxcar Farm up in Peñasco, New Mexico and by up I mean 8,000 feet up in the air.  Their high mountain farm picks up more moisture which allows them to do more growing with less irrigation.  I have to admit I was more than a little jealous of their lush pastures although I know they endure some harsh winters in the bargain.

Farmhouse

The farmhouse

Field

Look how dark and rich the soil is. It goes 3' deep!

I was up there to retrieve an old Ford tractor that Rick had lent them years ago.  They have since purchased a larger Kubota.  We got the full tour of the orchard, fields, goats, llamas, chickens and rabbits.  I also got to see all the projects in process including an enormous root cellar and a drying house.  I only snapped a few shots of their place as we were busy loading up the tractor and they were busy getting potatoes in the ground.

beehives

Beehives

Kristen and Avrum sell their produce at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market so stop by and say hi!  (pick up some garlic while you’re at it)

Show and Tell Time!

“Sometimes you’re cruising along through life and you see someone else doing something so appropriate that it makes you pause and rethink things. I’m not talking about suddenly changing religions or switching from being a carnivore to a vegan but more like you just got a gentle nudge that may send you off in an unexpected direction.”- Mike

Show and Tell is a swap meet for ideas and projects where the currency is inspiration.  Every week we kick things off with some of our favorite ideas that we just came across or highlight an idea we got from one of you!

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So what are we looking for?

We think Sally Schneider nailed it with her manifesto over at The Improvised Life:

Improvising is a powerful operating system.

You don’t need to be an expert to improvise.

Improvising is a practice like yoga or cooking; the more we do it the better we get at it.

Creativity can be cultivated.  We can learn what we don’t know.  

We believe in asking “why not?’ when we have an interesting idea and then trying out our idea.

We can be afraid of doing something and do it anyway.

Making mistakes is the way we learn.  Perfection is over-rated.

Mistakes are often paths to unexpected discoveries [solutions]

Constraints – whether money, space, time or materials – don’t limit, they expand.

Making a mess is an essential part of improvising.  

Improvising is an antidote to “I can’t.”

Improvising guides you to the solutions you are looking for.

Improvising is a path full of richness and discovery.

We want to celebrate creativity, resourcefulness and inspiration in all mediums whether it’s making, baking, growing or living.  What did you make this past week/month/year?  We want to see your wonderful results!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 15, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Yay! They work incredibly hard and grow wonderful stuff! And for Santa Fe peeps, they’re on the cover of Local Flavor!

  2. Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I was so interested to learn about the Boxcar Farm! Thank you for sharing, and for hosting. Have a great week!

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