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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.

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Good News from Taos Waldorf School | April 2013

Good News from Taos Waldorf School | April 2013


Newsletters….we are wanting to reach out to our extended community.  Please send any emails or mailing addresses of folks who may be interested in receiving our monthly newsletter.   Are there grandparents who would like to see what is happening in your child’s class?  Friends who are interested in what is happening in our community?  Please let us know of anyone we may share our newsletter.
Our Gnomies, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade students will be participating in the All Schools Childrens’ Art Show, April 4th -6th.  The show will open on April 4th, 10-5 and on April 6th (Saturday) there will be a reception for all students (pizza, balloons, etc) from 3-5pm at Stables.
Summer time fun at Taos Waldorf School with Silke.  Weekly water play, gardening, puppetry, outdoor theatre, music, storytelling and more.  Monday -Thursday, 8:30-1:30pm, ages 3-7 years old.  Cost: $150/week or $40/ day — includes snack and materials.   June 10 thru Aug. 1st.  Enrollment packages available from Silke:
At Taos Waldorf School in the Gnomes Kindergarten
Everyone Welcome…tell a friend and introduce them to our school!  On the 12th: Baking bread, puppet show. On the 19th: plant a seed, songs and stories.
An Evening Lecture
Monday, April 15th, 6-7:30pm
The child of today.  The Adult of tomorrow.
Why music and a connection to nature are essential to the well-being of humans throughout the lifecycle. 


                             One of the beautiful eggs made by our 8th grade that was on a spring egg
                             tree that Taos Waldorf School brought as gifts to our larger community.
                             This one was on a tree for the Plaza de Retiro community.

With Melinda Bateman
of Morningstar Farm 
All of the Gardening Workshops will be held at Taos Waldorf School.
1. April 6th Gardening Basics
2. April 13th What to plant and when to plant it, here in the Taos Valley.   This is a popular topic based on my 20 years of gardening experience in Taos.
3. April 20th Season extension techniques. Get stared earlier in the season and grow crops late into the fall with these ideas and suggestions.

These classes will start at 2:00 pm and finish at 4:30 pm. Cost is $75.00 for all three or $30.00 per individual class.  There will be lots of time for questions anddiscussion as well as an opportunity to create a garden plan for your plot.

4. Biodynamic gardening weekend workshop. April 27th and April 28th.  Saturday we will meet at 1:30 for an introductory lecture. Followed by stirring and applying BD 500. We will finish at 5:00 pm. Sunday we will start at 10:00 am. We will make compost and use the Biodynamic preps. Lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00. Afternoon lecture and discussion. Finishing by 4:00.
Cost is $75.00.

Questions before March 18th by e-mail at mstarfarm@gmail.com

After March 18th call Melinda at 575-779-6056.


                           The Trojan Horse (4th/5th grades)
If you had any spring bulb sales they are in!  We will have
each student’s order organized in paper bags and in their classroom this week.  Thank you for participating in this
fun fundraiser.
Enrollment /Re-enrollment
Beginning March 12th it is sign up time for next year!  We are excited about kicking off our re-enrollment drive!
Visitor Mornings Every Tuesday
Are you a Gnomie Parent?  Do you have a child in one of the younger grades?  Come visit the upper grades and see the what happens with this amazing curriculum.
Come visit Taos Waldorf School. There are Visitor Mornings on Tuesdays from 9am -10am. See the curriculum unfold, witness the students actively engaged, experience the joy of learning at Taos Waldorf School. We are now enrolling for all classes for the 2013 school year. Please ask about our Accessible to All Tuition Program. For more information or to pre-register for a visitor morning tour call 575-751-7750.  The tour will start at 9am in the school office with a brief overview of the Waldorf curriculum and classes that will be visited that morning.

We have an art show April 26th and 27th in conjunction with the TAO!
It will be held at 1021EE Salazar Rd (in the TCEDC complex) across from the Eco Park soccer field. Each class is working on a different form of art to be sold and 90% of the proceeds will go back to Taos Waldorf School. Are you an artist? We are also looking for donations of art valuing $500 or less. The art will be sold at the art show to help benefit the school. If you would like to donate a piece please contact Estevan at 575-613-3997. We need all art donations before April 25th 2013. There will be an art opening with snacks, wine and music provided by a DJ. Friday and Saturday from 5pm-8pm. ALL STUDENTS WILL HAVE ARTWORK IN THE SHOW!
 Community Work Days!
We are planning a work day in April 20th for spring cleaning! Please note, that there was an incorrect date given for the April Work Party in the March, April and May Calendar sent out last week.  The correct day is April 20th, 10-2pm.   All Welcome!

Yard Sale
Sat. April 27th
Spring is in the air and it is time to clean out our closets. Out with the old so there is room for the new to enter. There is a garage sale/work party scheduled for the end of April, SAT. APRIL 27TH. That gives us almost two months to start sorting through our belongings and collecting items for the sale. All the proceeds will go to fund projects at the school.
So please only bring things that you are willing to donate.  If anyone is interested in lending a helping hand  that would be awesome. Also, if anyone wants to bake goods to sell that could be a delicious way to bring in some moo-lah too. There will be reminders as we get closer.
If anyone feels compelled to help in any way call me, Gaia @ 505-920-8018
Yearbooks are still available!  Order forms are in the office.  They are amazing treasures with pictures of everyone!  $45 to buy your yearbook now.
THANK YOU MINDY GUMLAW!  Mindy has not only joined our Parent Council for the 1/2nd grade, but she and Estevan are also organizing the TAO Art Event for Taos Waldorf School on the 26th and 27th of April!  Plus, Mindy makes really yummy vegan muffins for our lectures!  YAY Mindy!
A Peek into our 1st and 2nd grade 

first grade

 We have spent the month of March learning about saints and noble deeds.  Right now we are learning about St. Francis of Asisis.  As we have learned about St. Frances and his gift of speaking with animals and how he shared all that he had with others, caring for the sick and poor, we have been surrounded with reminders of how to follow his example.  We have encountered coyotes, a bald eagle and elk in our garden area.  And today we befriended a mother horse and colt.
Other projects have included knitting bunnies and self portraits.  We looked deep inside ourselves when on a visit at the Harwood and created beautiful self-portraits.  The staff at the Harwood were so impressed with our students!
A Peek into the Gnomies          


Busy gnomes.
Bring to birth.
Little seeds,
In the earth.
Water, fire,
Earth and air.
In this work,
Have a share
That the earth,
seeds may bear.
…..and in New Mexico strong winds do blow that make strong the roots and help the plants to grow.  The children have been nibbling on the wheat grass in class, serving it in their pretend restaurants.   Wool has been felted into surprise eggs and bunnies are hoping about during circle time and suddenly
disappear just like the song suggests:
“Lippety Lop, here comes a bunny with a hippety hop,
with ears so tall and a tail so small.
It sits up straight and wiggle’s its ears
…..and suddenly disappears.”
Little seeds are being planted outside and we will soon start to dig in the garden and make a keyhole garden with the help of Margarita.
If you are cleaning out ditches and have access to willows we could use them to reweave the walls of the tree house which was built by the current 8th grade as a kindergaprten/1st grade readiness project.
We will encourage the children who seek to show their super powers by digging and working together.

March, April and May Events at the Taos Waldorf School

April 1st-4th Spring Break
April 12th, Day of Play Early Childhood Open House 10-12:30 (tell your friends)
April 13th, Saturday Work Party, 10-2pm (2nd of 3 work days this spring, we hope every family will make one).
April 15th, Evening Lecture with Silke, 6-7:30pm, The Child of Today, The Adult of Tomorrow: How the Waldorf Kindergarten Creates the Foundation of Lifelong Learning
April 18th, Coffee Lecture with Sarah, 9am, Middle School Curriculum  
April 19th, Day of Play Early Childhood Open House, 10-12:30
April 26th and 27th TAO + Waldorf Art Event 5pm – 8pm
April 26th, Yard Sale! 7:30am-1pm, Plus Work Day
May 6th, 8th Grade Project Presentations
May 7th, The Proof is in the Pudding, 9am-10am, Our 8th graders show off!  
All Welcome!
May 9th and 10th, Pentathlon, 4/5th grade in Boulder, CO
May 11th, May Faire
May 18th, Work Day Party, 10-2
May 18th, Taos Mesa Celebration Party Fundraiser with Big Swing Theory
May 23rd, End of Year Ceremonies (early dismissal at 12:30)
May 23rd 8th Grade Graduation, evening (tbd)

“A healthy social life is found only when in the mirror of  
each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and  
when in the whole community the virtue of each one  
is living.”
-Rudolf Steiner


Visit the Taos Waldorf School

Visitor Mornings on Tuesdays from 9am -10am. 

See the curriculum unfold, witness the students actively engaged, experience the joy of learning at Taos Waldorf School. 

We are now enrolling for all classes for the 2013 school year.  Please ask about our Accessible to All Tuition Program.  

For more information or to pre-register for a visitor morning tour call 575-751-7750
Please plan on meeting at the school office by 9am for the tour. 


As I listened to the school community share ideas on how we could offer help for the school, I noticed there were some shared ideas and visions, and I had the feeling that some of these ideas may easily be woven together into a few “work parties”, where families or individuals who are available and willing to help on the designated dates may come together and share in beautifying our school and grounds in fantastic company, and generally great food, in true waldorf fashion. I know from our past experience it has always been such a delight and one usually gains as much as they give, if not more, from such community building events.

Based on folks interests and needs, three “work parties” have been created. They are scheduled for one half-day a month and you can come for any or all of it to pitch in. The work parties will be held on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

* March 16th will focus on GROUNDS: the playground was specifically mentioned in regard to cleaning, repairing, and possibly building another fixture for the children.

* April 20th will focus on GARDENING: preparing garden beds, planting bulbs, and perhaps food.

* May 18th will focus on SPRUCING UP THE SCHOOL: painting rooms and areas of the school was brought up, perhaps fixing necessary furniture and fixtures, and so forth.

We invite you to be present on these days, but also, if you have ideas or materials to contribute, we gladly welcome them as well. Feel free to contact me via email, phone, or in person with any questions, ideas, or contributions.

A spreadsheet has been created which will allow people to sign-up easily and effortlessly online. Simply click on the link to add yourself or your family to the fun!

Click and SIGN UP HERE.

If you are able to bring food, it will allow the worker men, women, and children energy to refuel with…and it’s just fun to socialize over delicious munchies! Please consider including your child(ren) when you sign up, as they thoroughly en-JOY helping!

Many Blessings,
Chrystie Eileen Richardson

NonViolence Works – Taos Waldorf School Presents an Evening with Vishu Magee

NonViolence Works – Taos Waldorf School Presents an Evening with Vishu Magee

Vishu Magee is the FOunder/chairman of NonviolenceWorks and will be talking about ‘Why nonviolence works’. There will be a short talk, followed by a question / answer period. An event for our entire Taos Community!

Friday, March 15. 5 – 6:30pm. Taos Waldorf School.
9 Don Ben Romero Road, El Prado, NM 87529.

Suggested Donation: $5.
(nobody will be turned away for lack of funds!)
All proceeds benefit teachers at Taos Waldorf School.

For questions, please call Taos Waldorf School at (575)-751-7750.

vishu talk tws

March News – Important Dates

March 4th -11th Yearbook Orders due to receive the $35 price  
March 11TH (EXTENDED)Bulb Sale due in Office WITH MONEY  
March 8th, Friday,6:30-8pm: workshop with Bob Monsen  
March 9th, Saturday, 11-4pm: workshop with Bob Monsen
March 9th, Saturday 9am-11am Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast to support our 8th graders
March 15th  Evening Lecture:Why Nonviolence Works with Vishu Magee. Friday, 5:00-6:30