THIS WEEK AT TWS. Reminders and Updates for May 15, 2013

TWS Clayday!

This Saturday,May 18th
10am to 2pm

Yes once again it is time to get a bit of work done around the beautiful 11 acre site of the Taos Waldorf School.  Thanks again to Chrystie for being the initiator of these site spruce-ups.

This time around I thought a little change in theme would be called for.  After all what is the deal with all this work theme all the time?  Rather than a work day let’s have a clay day and still make progress on our beautification goals.  That’s right, come on down between 10am and 2pm and help me make some clay ollas to get water (in a very efficient way) to our front garden beds.  All will be explained on Saturday.  All you need are some clothes you can get clay on (don’t worry it washes out) and a good sense of humor (tends to stick with you once you have one).  There are also other tasks to be worked on too for those so inclined.  I’m personally excited about moving some of our chicken fencing to open up the opportunity of gardening some new areas and giving our chickens a cleaner space.  We also are scheduled to get a load of mulch and there may be some blunt shoveling/moving of material needed.  We’ll see how it goes.  Bring a shovel if you can and as always some good work gloves, sun protection, and a potluck dish to share if you are so inclined.  Though one thing that is not allowed is wearing yourself out.  After all we need all our energy resources to go party at the Taos Waldorf School fundraising party at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company Saturday the 18th from 7pm on to listen to Big Swing Theory in all their glory.  So the theme of the day would seem to be support Taos Waldorf School by playing in clay and dancing with good company.  Sounds good to me, see you all there.

Great Thanks,

Barry Doucette
Grounds and Garden
Taos Waldorf School     

Coffee is available in the school kitchen at dropoff.  Come check out the exotic varieties, have a cup, and take home a pound!


“Turn in your Accessible to All tuition adjustment paperwork.  Hurry!  You’ll get a doughnut.”
-somebody important

Flashmob Coffee

You never know when a mob might form to do something interesting.  Around here it’s fundraising!

Check out our “Flashmob Cafe”, springing up where you least expect it – to offer espresso beverages to benefit TWS!  Every day this week at dropoff, and most days at pickup, too.  Don’t be surprised if the occasional baked good is available as well.

Just follow the signs, have some fun, and enjoy that end-of-year whiff of freedom!

TWS Garden Wish List

Manure: Right now I’m in a soil creating frenzy. Soil is currently being lost on site from a number of different factors. Compaction, high winds, soil exposure, are all variables that create soil loss. Bringing manure on site and composting it is presently the best way to get immediate needed nutrients into our soil ecology. If you have a source that can be brought onto sight, especially if you have a way to move it here please let me know.

Molasses Unsulphured (preferably blackstrap): The Taos Waldorf microorganisms will sing your praise. A great ingredient for compost tea, storing homemade bio fertilizers, has many agricultural uses. Cheers!

Brown Sugar Organic: An integral part for fermenting bio fertilizers. Many techniques I’ll be using in first years come from the discipline of Korean Natural Farming and really compliment Biodynamic practices. These techniques will help jump start our soil ecology and produce high quality food, plants, and flowers. Can give all the power of conventional fertilizers without the unsustainable repercussions.

Wooden Barrels: Not a necessity though is the best thing for mixing up Biodynamic Preparations. Since we are a Waldorf school I figured we should have the optimum setup for this type of growing. So if anyone has some wood barrels around and are not using them, donate them and watch us make Biodynamic Vortex “Magic”. Anyone who has made Biodynamic Preparations knows what I’m talking about.

Food Grade 55 gallon Barrels: Well, maybe not a direct gift from nature though are sure handy for bio fertilizers, compost tea, grey water systems, and a number of other important functions.

Garden hose washers: I love our beautiful Taos County Water. Help me preserve it. Too many of our hoses have leaky connections. We need more washers.

Clay source: Do you know someone digging a foundation, maybe a well, or some other structure and has a large pile of natural clay as a repercussion they need to get rid of. Please contact me. Clay has great potential here at Taos Waldorf. We can use it on site for natural building projects, paints/plasters, as an agricultural aide, cover for compost piles, or for other art projects. Just a good resource to have on site for many applications. Light colored high alumina natural clays are preferred for agricultural uses though am interested in any natural clay that is readily available.

Potting soil: Good potting soil is very welcome right now. Please no miracle grow or fox farm brand, even though they do say “organic”. My preferred commercial potting soil of choice is “Happy Frog” brand from Taos Hydroponic (may also be available elsewhere though don’t know). Also the components of potting soil are welcome. That is perlite, sand, peat moss (although is very unsustainable), coconut coir. In the future we’ll be able to move away from bought potting soil or components for potting soil, we’re just trying to jump start a slow seasonal start this year.

55 gallon metal drum: Well there is some talk about me giving workshops on making rocket mass heaters. These are super efficient wood stoves that can give the same amount of heating with only about one tenth of the wood used and are virtually smokeless. To do this I’ll need a couple 55 gallon metal drums. Not a huge rush and would prefer just a resource for them as it would be best for me to not have to store them on site for long periods of time. Thanks.

Bee Swarms: If you ever spot a swarm of bees by all means contact me as I would love to collect this pest problem from you. If you already keep bees and need to split a hive and care to share, I would love to be on the receiving end.

Flower Bulbs and Seeds: Well some people have mentioned the love Waldorf has for plenty of beauty and color, I knew you all were my kind of people :) Some flower bulbs would be helpful to get it all started I and our future bees thank you. Day Lilly, Gladiolas, Dahlias all welcome. Morning Glories, Mini Carnations, Holly Hocks, all great. Any information from you green thumbed folks is welcome. If you have other flower varieties you know about that would do well at the school please come talk to me.

Transplants: I’m hoping to bring as much biodiversity to the school as is possible. Many of you might have local herbs or perennials I don’t know about. I’m always interested in learning what you might know. Come flag me down whenever you are on site. If you are out shopping for your own garden and want to pick up an extra start or flower basket I know we can find an appropriate place here for it. Specifically looking for herb and perennial transplants, everything from oregano and tarragon, to sorrel, lovage, horseradish, walking onion, and jerusaleum artichokes, or anything else you might think of. If you have any currant, mulberry, goji, gooseberry bushes you would be willing to share, any cuttings from the branches can be sprouted if it is put in water. Simply cut, place in water, and bring it on by. I’ll take good care of it. Also raspberry, comfrey, and rhubarb transplants are especially welcome as we have plenty of clay soil for them to break up (something these plants do quite well). Black Locust trees also are handy as they fix nitrogen and can provide good shade for all these other transplants.

Showing Off Our 8th Grade – Tomorrow!!!

Other reminders:

RAFFLE TICKETS!!!  Please sell as many as you can.  It’s an easy, no-brainer fundraiser and if each family sold their whole packets, we’d raise about 5,000 for the school.

FREE DOUGHNUTS in the office for those who turn in their Accessible to All Tuition Adjustment paperwork this week!

Taos Summer Camp

Taos Summer Camp


1st week – June 10th – 13th. “Inch by Inch, Row by Row”
- Garden Activities and Puppetry.

2nd week – June 17th – 20th. “Splish, Splash”
- Water Play & Modeling.

summer camp23rd week – June 24th – 28th. “Over in the Meadow”
- Recycled animal crafts, making butter & cheese.

4th week – July 1st – 4th. “De Colores”
- Spanish songs & tortilla making, grain grinding.

5th week – July 8th – 11th. “Baa, baa white sheep”
- Carding, felting, fingerknitting.

6th week – July 15th – 18th. “Mother Earth to you we’re singing”
- Native stories & crafts.

7th week – July 22nd – 25th. “Once upon a time”
- Fairy tale play with costume making & Performance.

8th week – July 29th – August 1st. “Circus Time”
- Clowns & parade.