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New Spanish Language Instructor: Mayo

Friday, June 4th, 2010 by Marie

Mayo from a nearby village has been a friend of ours for a few years.  Over some beers at a recent town party, we noticed his natural talent for correcting our Spanish in an understandable way.  Pair that with his basic English, he’s a great candidate for Spanish language practice.

Friendly, very outgoing (though he claims to be shy), good humored and quite intelligent, Mayo spends some of his afternoons chatting with Bosque visitors in Spanish.  He charges for his time, but barely - Mayo is doing this because of his social nature and his curiosity about foreigners and other cultures.  We’re happy to welcome him to the growing team of teachers and Bosque partners.

Mayo with Marta during language exchange

Brian’s Experiment of Rotting Foodness

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 by Marie

The Bosque needs a root cellar!

We don’t use refrigeration, so our menu is planned carefully to use fresh veggies early in the week and save potato soups, beet salads, and long-lasting vegetables for later on.

With a root cellar, we’ll be able to buy vegetables and fruits in season, and store them for a very long period of time.  Carrots that normally last 2 weeks could extend their life-span to 2 months.  Same for potatoes, onions, apples, and most of our other veggies that we buy locally.  We will also be able to store what we grow here at the Bosque.

In preparation for the Great Root Cellar Dig, Brian has done two things:

1.  He bought a book called Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables.  A very comprehensive book, well recommended for those interested in building their own root cellar.

2.  He put fruits and vegetables into three different locations throughout the Bosque to see how well they do in different temperatures.

Location 1: The Black Rock Lodge library.  Currently all of our food storage is in the Lodge.

Location 2: The Bliss Point.  Our best potential location for food storage, cheese aging, beer and wine aging, and mushroom growing.  Cool, dark setting.

Location 3: The Studio.  Our expected worse location for food storage - a test case for rapid spoilage.  Transparent roof means sunlight hits the veggies, and the studio gets quite warm during the day.

Let the experiment begin!  The results will be obvious.  Cooler conditions will slow the rotting of vegetables and fruits.  But, it is always interesting to see it for yourself.

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