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Las plantulas celebrando el 2017

Celebrando en el #nursery del huerto. Las #plantulas y los #nuevos #comienzos .馃嵕

鈿★笍Primera lecci贸n de 2017鈿★笍

Es m谩s f谩cil seguir 谩 alguien que respetas y admiras. Procura vivir una vida en la que #cultives el #respeto y la #admiraci贸n de los dem谩s. Solo as铆 lograras ser un ente de cambio en tu comunidad, negocio, vida, …

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Sustentabilidad Tropical

img_4827Llevar un estilo de vida sustentable es mucho mas sencillo de lo que piensas. Cuando somos conscientes “mindful”, de los ciclos que rodean nuestra comida, nuestros desperdicios, nuestra VIDA, …
Todo esto, es mucho mas f谩cil de entender. Cuando vivimos nuestro diario, con la intenci贸n de minimizar nuestro impacto ambiental. Estas dos practicas, sencillas y accesibles para todos. Son los primeros pasos, hacia un estilo de vida sustentable.

鈥 Composta

La abundancia de agua, humedad y calor tropical permite que las cosas se descompongan muy r谩pido. Para una gu铆a o demostraci贸n de como comenzar una composta. Pendiente a este blog 贸 cont谩ctanos

鈥 Agua de lluvia

Mi gente, estamos en los tr贸pico!聽El agua esta cayendo del cielo, constantemente.馃挧Rec贸gela!馃挧.聽El proyecto de Mario Antunez “Agua e’ Lluvia; Rain Harvest Solution”. 聽Es una alternativa local.
 

Chachooo.. eso es muy dificil!!

No seas aguafiestas! Tienes acceso a todos los recursos, en este paraiso TROPICAL. Sinton铆zate a los ciclos naturales y comenzar谩s a ver el 馃寧 con otros ojos.



Vamos, repitan conmigo:

– Cultivar alimentos
– Alimentar a su familia
– Guardar semillas
– Conservar material org谩nico variado, para la composta.
– Modificar el suelo

Y el ciclo comienza otra vez y otra vez y otra vez.

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Creative Community

This past weekend was full of creative activities that involved someone taking the risk to make it happen, and in turn strengthening our community.

It also involved people taking a risk and showing up to participate and spend their money locally, in turn investing in the local economy.

馃憠馃徏 Storytime at TBC Food and Drink

Monthly storytime and the free community 聽library are great offerings for families of the community and visitors, too.

Upon entering this restaurant you are immediately welcomed by the friendly staff and you can’t help but to feel happy with all of the colors and details. Definitely a work of art worth checking out!

Follow TBC food & drink on Facebook to find out about their next event and to see their beautiful menus that change weekly.

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馃憠馃徏Gudvibes Opening Event

This space has evolved into a community space for yoga, art classes, theater, dance and many other offerings.

The opening event was inspirational, witnessing the artist Sofia Maldonado and her team recreate the exterior and interior of the space. Check out her work at sofiamaldo on Instagram.

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The green patch that was installed with the help of Kale Mam谩 during the summer camp, is thriving and producing a lot of kale! 聽Stay tuned for upcoming green patch workshops with Kale Mam谩 and the GudVibesTribe.

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During the event, we had the opportunity to do a color scavenger hunt with paint chips in the garden. Upon first glance, green is what we saw, but as we looked closer, the kids found many colors and noticed the variety of plants growing there. We could have been color hunting for hours, they loved it!
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馃憠馃徏BQN Community Event at Royal Isabela

Behind the cat woman costume is Ashley Wright of Puerto Rican Destination Weddings, who is behind the BQNlife movement and events at Royal Isabela.

She is working to support local businesses and build the local economy. 馃憤 聽 We shared a beautiful evening with music, food, artisans, costume contests and kids’ activities. 聽馃暩馃巸馃暦馃挌

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There is so much value in all of these community events; bringing people together to talk and exposure to arts, literature, food, the environment and more!

We look forward to seeing what other creative ventures pop up in the community.

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Garden Installation Birthday聽

What was once a dream became a reality at a recent kids’ birthday party!!

Kale Mam谩 was invited to help install a garden at a birthday celebration. 聽Yes, you read that correctly! 聽We can’t believe it ourselves. 聽馃挭馃徏馃挌馃尡馃尰馃悵

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Before the craft table was fully set up Princess Leia and Darth Vader came running up to paint a rock!

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After the rocks had been painted, we gathered the kids and went to the garden space, which had been weeded and prepped, and the kids immediately started digging.
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The finished product!
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It is so fulfilling to see a blank canvas turned into a space for growing food, meditation, inspiration, exploration and play!

We would love to help you do the same. Contact us to find out more!

Interested in learning more about booking an eco-activity or garden installation? Click here to fill out the inquiry form and we will get back to you shortly.

#kalemam谩 #ecobirthday #petrock #popupcraftbooth #aguadillapr #greenmama @westcoastwheatgrass @islapopspr @startyourgarden

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Growing Kale in Containers聽

Ohhhhhhh what a feeling it is to harvest from your own garden!

But before this beautiful bunch of kale, enjoy these few simple steps:

1. Order / buy seeds

Gather a few seed catalogs and dream about your future garden! 聽You can order seeds and get free seed catalogs by going to these websites.

聽Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Botanical Interests聽– can download the catalog and a free coloring book!

We like to support local when possible and in Puerto Rico,

聽Desde Mi Huerto聽

is a good option and can be found at some supermarkets.

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2. Sow the seeds

Gather a tray, pot or upcycled cup and fill with soil.

Make a very small hole or a row and sprinkle the seeds and cover with a bit of soil.

See package for depth, but typically sow just below the soil surface.

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3. Keep the soil watered, but not too wet that there is standing water.

To not disturb the soil we say, “the seeds are sleeping”.

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…and in a few days聽the sprouts will awaken!
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4. 聽After the sprouts get a few inches tall, take your fingers and pinch around the plant and get a good clump of soil to make sure you get the roots and transplant (put) into a bigger pot with soil in it.

We put three plants directly into a black pot in a triangle and put hay around them. This seems to work well for the climate we live in. 聽You may have to adjust to your climate.

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5. When the plants get big enough, harvest the largest leaves, every few days by snapping at the base, but leave enough of the plant to continue to grow.

Here we transplanted a few to the garden bed and they seem to be doing well.

When you are tired of eating kale – ha, ha yeah right! 馃槈 聽– you can let the plant complete its cycle by letting it “go to seed”, and then harvest the seed to start the process again!

Happy Planting!

-Kale Mam谩

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Revamping the Home Garden聽

How are you spending time this Sunday? Happy to have chosen to revamp the home garden. It was tough pulling out the cherry tomatoes as they were so productive, but loving the new change and the opportunity to grow a variety of plants.

#kalemam谩 #homegarden #urbangarden #huertourbano #pollinators #beewatching #abejas #bees #cosmos #insectosbeneficiosos #beneficialinsects

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Haz La Pausa


Hermosa ma帽ana en el huerto entre flores, frutas y abejas.聽Este s谩bado, te invito a sacar un momento para sembrar, observar, escuchar,oler,………..

En familia 贸 solo, haz la pausa.

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Comparte con los tuyos, la dulce sensaci贸n que trae un estilo de vida mas pausado. Entre la naturaleza, la comida y la buena #compa帽铆a.

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Anda!! An铆mate y haz tu parte!!!!

#aquihagomiparte #vandanashiva #resurgentlife #peque帽ostesoros #curranttomatoes #imagination #naturaleza #comida #bqncommunity #rinconpr #urbangardening #ecochic #greenmama #urbanfarming #inspiration

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Theme Gardens



School gardens can have various themes for garden beds, which could also be applied to home gardens :

馃尡 color garden (various colors-leaves, fruit or flowers-pictured here)

馃尡 sensorial garden  (taste, smell, touch – pictured here)

馃尡 herb garden (basil, thyme, mint…)

馃尡 salsa garden (tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onions)

馃尡 pizza garden (tomatoes, basil)

馃尡 salad garden (kale, other greens, tomatoes)

馃尡 pollinator garden (to attract pollinators-bees) 

And many more!  

The whole process from picking the theme to eating the salsa or drawing the various flower colors in their garden journals can involve the kids at school or your family at home!

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La Mujer Maravilla y el Huerto II

Entonces, 驴d贸nde 聽debo hacer 聽el huerto?

驴D贸nde?聽

  • 聽馃尶Debe ser un espacio de f谩cil acceso para todos.
  • 聽馃尶Con suficiente luz (un promedio 6 a 8 horas de luz)
  • 馃尶Acceso al agua (si es de lluvia mejor).

驴Cu谩ndo empiezo?

  • 聽馃尶 Cualquier momento es bueno, lo importante es comenzar.

驴Qu茅 debo tener para comenzar?聽

  • 馃尶Todo huerto debe comenzar con un dise帽o y un plan.
  • 馃尶Debes tener alguna composta 贸 alguna fuente de composta. West Knight Worms, est谩 en el Mercado Agroecologico de Rincon / Aguadilla Farmers’ Market y provee una excelente vermicomposta.

    Berenice, West Knight Worms

  • 聽馃尶Herramientas b谩sicas, como; Pico, asada, pala, paila, regadera,…)
  • 馃尶 Recuerda, que al comenzar un proyecto como este. Sentimos mucha emoci贸n (green bug bite) y queremos a帽adir mas y mas huertos. Resiste la tentaci贸n y conc茅ntrate en desarrollar el huerto en proceso.

En fin, desarrollar un huerto promueve:

  1. Vida
  2. Salud
  3. Bienestar

Los ni帽os que participan en las tareas y el desarrollo del huerto aprenden valiosas destrezas de vida. 聽Cuidadar y respetar a otro ser viviente (planta 贸 animal) ayuda a desarrollar la empat铆a.

Saber que otra vida depende de tu amor y lealtad es una lecci贸n de humildad para todos y son las experiencias vividas en el huerto, las que nos rendir谩n una buena cosecha en el futuro.