Meylie, who just turned 8, and her little sister, Ashley, age 3, live in a typical Nicaraguan village home in Laguna Francisco, northwest of the capital city, Managua. Their father, Nacho, is a highly skilled woodcraftsman who has made beautiful hard word furniture, doors, and window frames for Casa del Sur. During our last trip to Nicaragua, I had the pleasure of getting to know … Continue reading Pastelitos: The Meylie & Ashley Special
The Story: It all starts with The Abuelas. Socorro, my social, fun-loving Mexican grandmother was always fond of God, nature, family, dancing, music, traditional home cooking, and surprisingly, Denny’s and Dairy Queen. She was a rancher’s daughter, raised on the back of a horse, most likely wielding a Smith and Wesson revolver- at least that’s how I imagine her youth. I can still hear her … Continue reading Mexi-Rican Chiles Rellenos
It’s Ali Baba watermelon time here at Lomita Farm! With lips smacking and mouth watering, R proudly did the honor of harvesting the first watermelon whopper of the season. The Ali Baba variety was such a huge hit last year, we planted more seeds in every extra nook and cranny we could find in our garden beds. It is an heirloom gem originating in Iraq and … Continue reading Watermelon Time!
A helpful diary of our 2016 Spring/Summer Urban Micro Farm Planner. It’s a great reference to us for years to come, and perhaps a tool to help you with your own future garden planning. The following illustrates our raised garden bed plans located in two sections on Lomita Farm. Main Stage Garden Lay Out Close Up Views of Garden Beds or a game called: Name Those … Continue reading Lomita Farm 2016 Spring/Summer Urban Micro Farm Planner
We’ve come a long way since we moved here to Lomita Farm in the Spring of 2015. Our garden has more than tripled in size and will continue to expand into the next year. We are dedicated to growing all natural, organic produce from only a few specifically researched nurseries and non-GMO, heirloom seed companies. We commit ourselves daily to ensure all plants and trees thrive through constant … Continue reading 2016 Lomita Farm Spring/Summer Garden List
This is what happens when you leave your tomato plants for a month…. They explode into bushy raised bed forests resembling a congregation of Sigmund and his sea monster friends. In order to find out what treasures lied beneath, I braved the coral-like vines and seaweed leaves armed with mask and snorkel. Continue reading Under Vine Tomato Snorkeling
On average, temperatures range from hot to hotter, the rainy season lasts from May to October, chill hours do not exist, and Zone 12 is where it falls on the plant hardiness scale- this means buttery leafy greens and crisp apples are not going to grow well here. And what does grow naturally is not necessarily organic. I’m talking about Nicaragua of course, mainly the municipality … Continue reading Nicaraguan Paradise Lost? An Organic Gardener’s Dilemma