E-journal

Firewood

Leaving the forest for a little while, a trip to my homelands called me away — But I’ll be back.

Just before leaving we began dreaming up plans: little projects of sharing this space and transforming the forest we caretake, us & others.

So here I am, collecting wood and taking walks along with my best friends in these Sierras, cats & kids included on the bestie list, of course!

More than simply collecting wood and appreciating the scenery, we are learning to actively participate in the ecosystem that surrounds us.
We are also planting seeds for future projects.

Mystery seeds that we aren’t sure exactly what they will grow into, yet 🌱

Gardening

Garden Journal :: in the greenhouse

This little world of abundance is only really possible under the cover of hoops & plastic during late fall/winter.

As much as I love the birds and other wildlife it really is a bummer to go out into the garden to see everything all eaten and destroyed.

In other garden beds we have some lentils, calendula, swiss chard & mustard greens too, but not quite as photogenic. As much as I enjoy each moment of the wheel of the year I am really looking forward to spring

Be it spring of fall I wish you all happy gardening!

Travel Log

Natural Building

Flashback to Mexico, 2016 when I was had first contact with buidling with natural materials.

The mediums was cob, a mix of sand, clay and straw and remains my favorite building technique to this day.

I documented the experience in a zine I had at the time which was my collage-travel-log of woofing in central America.

Soon after I met Jona who taught me a lot more about building with Earth & many other things. Together we embarked on a long long journey which ever continues!

Photographs taken by Jona // Huertos Presentes of our last big bioconstruccion project in Argentina ~2019
~2019 — installing windows and using recycled bottles in cob walls.

After a few year break we began again to build with cob to improve the wood stove we use to heat our house – it is still a work in progress but you can see how it is going::

Have you ever built with cob? Let me know about your experiences in the comments 💛☀️

E-journal

* Transformation *

So cliche – I know – to use a picture of a monarch to represent transformation. But, I do love these creatures and want to celebrate the images I have captured this past week or so in the garden as the monarchs emerge from their chrysalis and fly out into the world.

A beautiful South American monarch butterfly visiting zinnia flowers in our garden ** all photos in this blog were taken by me **

Something similar is occuring in my own little life – a transformation – that I hope to work it out through this and upcoming journal-like blog post.

First, I will address a question I get all the time, almost hourly when at work :: how is it that I ended up here, in Argentina. The answer is simple and also not simple at all.

Here is how – a few years ago when I had just started out on my travels I let go of the need to control my destiny. Instead deciding to go with the flow of time and follow my destiny where it guided me.

Destiny (or something) guided me south and ever more south. It guided me to meet my current partner, to dozens of farms and work-trades, to cross countries on bike and hitch hike for days and days.

We were guided to make sudden turns, to continue on even when weary, to camp under the stars and roadside, to this very farm, and to this upcoming adventure.

Everything is changing now …

… we are Transforming.