I believe these three images are all insects in the Coreidae family. Leaf-footed nymphs and I'm not sure exactly what the two adults are. If there's any enthusiasts in the Fedi feel free to ID.

Not pictured are at least 5 spider webs large enough to catch me; I hear spiders enjoy a tasty Coreidae so they're in the right place.

So much action happens in the when we're not out there pretending we're in charge of it πŸ˜†

I was working on cleaning beds and pruning this morning when I was quickly reminded that I could be removing the home and habitat of numerous creatures. It's a careful balance between plant care and creature care. Here are two beautiful examples, a female praying mantis and a black and yellow garden spider.

Female Praying Mantis on the move. I'm betting she's probably looking for somewhere to lay some eggs. She jumped (!!) from the tip of this Iris frond into a neighboring boxwood.

In our growing zone we have to plant fall crops right at the hottest point in the season, otherwise there's just not enough growing time before the first frost. I'm always in awe that these cool- weather loving plants just push onward (and upward, as it were). Despite the persistent heat, I can feel the edges of autumn pushing closer and closer and I'm grateful for the coming change in culinary delights.

The new demo worm bin is heading to a local corn festival tomorrow! I hope its smol cuteness enchants a few people into giving vermicomposting a try.

🌽 πŸ› ✨

We're seeding cover crop - a blend of Buckwheat, Ladino clover, and Red clover. The clover fixes Nitrogen and the Buckwheat will make Phosphorous more available for future crops. Buckwheat grows quickly and winter-kills. I'm hoping the buckwheat flowers in time to give the bees one last feast before seasons end. When the crop gets killed over winter it will then mulch the beds and provide winter habitat for other insects.

Also - smol modern farmdog hard at work πŸ’•

Bolita Azul Oaxaca, a landrace heirloom corn given to us by a kind soul looking to share and spread its beauty. The first few ears we'll save for seed and sharing; the rest we hope to make into homemade tortillas. I've been research nixtamalization - if anyone has experience with the process, I'm all ears 🌽 😜

(it's not obvious in the photo but this corn is easily 12' tall!)

A delicious cantaloupe modeling closed-loop/zero waste growing...
1. Harvest πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
2. Slice to eat 🀀
3. Rind and soft flesh to compost/vermicompost πŸ›
4. Seeds saved 🌱

I want to create an Agroecology online education platform that would help people connect to nature through the lens of food production. I believe food sovereignty and natural habitat regeneration are deeply intertwined and paramount to a resilient future.

Read my more specific details in the comments and then:

1. Like if you'd be interested in this program.

2. Give me ideas for funding this in a way that does not involve a pay-wall.

August feels like a legit hustle to preserve as much as possible. We got a batch of crushed tomatoes processed, dehydrated slices for 'sundried' (so nice to have on a gray winter day), and about 1.5 lbs of fresh basil made into pesto for freezing.

Here's the crushed tomato recipe we use if you're looking to do the same.

We're harvesting around 10-15 lbs of produce every other day at the moment. Growing enough to feed ourselves, store for winter, and share with others. We're doing it all organically on about 1772 ftΒ² (0.04 acre) in an urban area. We're not just feeding humans, but also a large population of insects and wildlife that have moved in as well. I share all of this because I want others to know how very possible it is to cultivate abundance for yourself and everything around you. πŸ’š 🌿

Last weekend I had the joy of helping a friend tend to her Langstroth beehives. We inspected and replaced frames, checked queens and brood, and even harvested some delicious honey and comb. 🐝 🍯


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