On Monday, January 24, 2011, Nants debuted at the culinary arts classroom at Anzar High School in San Juan Bautista as a chef! Buzzing with sights, sounds and smells, the state-of-the-art cooking facility has more than 20 people attending the first Healthy Cooking Class as part of the San Benito Food Revolution put on by…


Quite by accident, I discovered wool dryer balls. Dryer balls are a wonderful addition to a green lifestyle for a variety of reasons. First of all, they replace dryer sheets which are slow to break down in the landfill, add chemicals to clothes, are expensive and can harm the sensors in your dryer. Second, they…


TOMATOES 2011

The first of my saved seeds are in the dark, moist soil of a planting pack, warming gently on a heated pad bought last year for just this purpose. In each tiny cell, four seeds of a wonderful heirloom tomato variety lay waiting to germinate. I am very excited about this. Each seed was lovingly…


The End of 2010

The year 2010 was spent learning so much about Quicksilver Farm. The first of our children’s tours began, offering a glimpse of rural life to preschool, school and afterschool program groups. We shared the bounty of our endeavor without cost to these groups. It was definitely the Year of the Tomato, with a bumper crop…


Walnuts 2010

A beautiful fall day greeted us for our annual Nuts about You party. Can you believe temperatures in the balmy 70s and lush, ripe heirloom tomatoes still plump and colorful on the vine in mid-November? Friends and family gathered merrily at oilcloth-covered tables out on the back patio to crack walnuts, eat great food and…


I’ve learned a lot from my dachshund Al, who doesn’t realize he’s such a good teacher. In fact, he doesn’t realize much, which is why he’s such a treasure trove of object lessons. Every once in a while you’ll see those chain emails that your mom, or that one friend, always forwards you, detailing how…


Today is a beautiful fall day at Quicksilver Farm. The air is warm but with a hint of crispness. Our friend, Leon Bray, came out to help us harvest our hives. Leon sells incredible local honey under the name San Benito Gold, and you can find him plying his wares at the Farmers’ Market when…


Apples Abound

Though we don’t grow apples at Quicksilver Farm (we have one tree we planted last year and it isn’t giving us fruit yet) we love it when the season begins.  What a great fruit!  Lasts on the counter for a long time, easy to transport and eat and if it gets mushy the Lipizzan horses…


Rain!

Today was the first rain of the season. Actually, it was more like a soft mist but it downed the dust, darkened the soil and sent that fabulous scent – petrichor – throughout the Quicksilver Farm air. Tim and I spent the day harvesting more of our wonderful heirloom tomatoes. We took them around to…


Today we are saving our tomato seeds. After our cold spring, the tomatoes are so late I began to despair of ever having them…but here they are! We are loving the varieties we chose this year, and want to have them again so I am in the process of saving some seeds. My seed saving…