El Dia de San Isidro

El dia de San Isidro

Please click on El Dia de San Isidro link above to find out more about our whole day of celebration, and events, on May 15th, in Mora County. You may read the story of St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers, below this post.

Some of the topics will cover beekeeping, intro to Keyline Design: restoring soil health in broad scale farms by increasing your soil’s natural absorptive abilities, while deepening root growth, and slowing down water flow. Olla irrigation, including a live demonstration of olla-making, and possibly ollas for sale. If you are not familiar with ollas, read this blurb and watch the video below:

An OLLA is an unglazed clay pot fired at a low temperature. This allows the pot to remain porous. The OLLA is buried in the ground with neck exposed and periodically filled with water. The water seeps into the soil at a rate that provides adjacent plants with a constant water source at the roots.

The olla method is an ancient technique of low tech, low cost irrigation used in various environments around the world. Clay pot or OLLA irrigation has been the subject of university research documenting the highly efficient use of water and increased plant yields.

OLLAS can be utilized for vegetable, landscape, and container gardening. OLLAS are especially useful in arid climates but can be used any time a steady and efficient water source is needed. Once in place, the OLLAS will typically require refilling a couple times per week depending on soil and weather. Using OLLAS, leaves the soil surface dry resulting in fewer weeds and no soil compaction, a significant drawback of surface watering.

 Chicken fertility, value added products, intro to small scale vineyards, the importance of a healthy watershed, and much more will make for a day of learning and fun.

Contact Roger, the master mind behind the event, at: rogeragonzales@yahoo.com

We hope to see you there!

 

St. Isidore
(the patron saint of farmers)   
Saint Isidore (San Isidro)

Saint Isidore (San Isidro)

 

St. Isidore was a simple man of the earth, who attended daily Mass and demonstrated love of people and animals by his many acts of kindness and mercy. Below is a short history of St. Isidore and his wife, St. Maria. His story has been provided by several sources cited at the bottom of the page.

St. Isidore was born around 1070 near Madrid, Spain, into a peasant family. He was baptized Isidore in honor of the famous archbishop of Seville. His biography was written about 150 years after his death. Much of it deals with miracles associated with his name. He made God and practicing virtue a part of his workday. St. Isidore the farmer, as he is sometimes called, is remembered to this day.

He was a day laborer in the service of Juan de Vargas on a farm in the vicinity of Madrid. Every morning before going to work he used to attend Mass at one of the churches in Madrid. Everything was going fine for Isidore until one day his fellow-laborers complained to their boss that he was always late for work in the morning because he attended early morning Mass each day. When charged with his offense, he did not deny it and explained to his employer: “Sir, it may be true that I am later at my work than some of the other laborers, but I do my utmost to make up for the few minutes snatched for prayer; I pray you compare my work with theirs, and if you find I have defrauded you in the least, gladly will I make amends by paying you out of my private store.” His employer said nothing, but remained suspicious, and, being determined to find out the truth, rose one morning at daybreak and concealed himself outside the church. In due course, Isidore appeared and entered the building, and afterwards, when the service was over, went to his work. Still following him, his employer saw him take the plough into a field, and was about to confront him when, in the pale, misty light of dawn, he saw, as he thought, a second plough drawn by white oxen moving up and down the furrows. Greatly astonished, he ran towards it, but even as he ran it disappeared and he saw only Isidore and his single-plow. When he spoke to Isidore and enquired about the second plough he had seen, Isidore replied in surprise: “Sir, I work alone and know of none save God to whom I look for strength.” Thus the story grew that so great was his sanctity that the angels helped him even in his plowing. It was characteristic of Isidore’s entire life. Isidore is also said to have brought back to life the deceased daughter of his master and to have caused a fountain of fresh water to burst from the dry earth in order to quench the thirst of his master.

In such simple tales we find reflected the spirit of Saint Isidore, who never ruled a diocese or was martyred for his faith, but who truly served God in the fields. He was a simple plowman. His speech was clear and direct. His conduct was honest, and his faith pure and steadfast. He shared what he had, even his meals, with the poor. He often gave them more than he had for himself, with a good and generous heart, and with such sympathy and good will that his gifts seemed doubly blessed. He could not neglect doing a kindness to man or beast. One snowy day, when going to the mill with corn to be ground, he passed a flock of wood-pigeons scratching vainly for food on the hard surface of the frosty ground. Taking pity on the poor animals, he poured half of his sack of precious corn upon the ground for the birds, despite the mocking of witnesses. When he reached the mill, however, the bag was full, and the corn, when it was ground, produced double the expected amount of flour.

Isidore married Maria Torribia, who is also a canonized saint and is venerated in Spain as Maria de la Cabeza. This veneration stems from the fact that her head (Spanish, cabeza) is often carried in procession especially in time of drought. She was a devout person. She helped the poor and sometimes shared her meals with them. The couple had one child, a son. One must not get the impression that Isidore and his wife had no sufferings. They knew tragedy. On one occasion their son fell into a deep well. The parents, having no way of reaching him, prayed and the water of the well rose miraculously to the level of the ground, bringing the boy up alive and well. In thanksgiving for this intervention of God on their son’s behalf both husband and wife made a vow of continence and to serve God. They lived in separate houses. Later in their life their only son died in his youth.

Isidore died in 1130. Forty years after Isidore’s death, his body was transferred from the cemetery to the church of St. Andrew. He is said to have appeared to Alfonso of Castile, and to have shown him the hidden path by which he surprised the Moors and gained the victory of Las Nevas de Tolosa, in 1212. When King Philip III of Spain was cured of a deadly disease by touching the relics of the saint, the king replaced the old reliquary by a costly silver one. He was canonized by Gregory XV, along with Sts. Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Teresa, and Philip Neri, on 12 March, 1622. St. Isidore is widely venerated as the patron of peasants and day-labourers. The cities of Madrid, Leon, Saragossa, and Seville also, honour him as their patron. His feast is celebrated on 15 May. His saintly wife survived Isidore for several years.

Saint Isidore’s feast is celebrated in Madrid, Spain, with ringing church bells and streets decorated for a procession in his honor. In art, Saint Isidore is portrayed as a peasant holding a sickle and a sheaf of corn. He might also be shown (1) with a sickle and staff, (2) as an angel plows for him, (3) giving a rosary to children by a well, mattock on his feet, water springing from the well, (4) striking water from dry earth with an angel plowing in the background, (5) before a cross, or (6) with an angel and white oxen near him. In Spanish art his emblems are a spade or a plough (Tabor). He is the patron of Madrid, Spain, farmers and farm laborers, and the U.S. National Catholic Rural Life Conference.

St. Isidore and his wife are examples for us today of a married couple that sanctified their daily duties. May they intercede for us to do likewise.
San Isidro and wife, Maria

San Isidro and wife, Maria

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Mora Grows Seed Library Kickoff

Mora Grows Seed Library Kickoff

Mora Grows Seed Library Kickoff

“Everything – but everything – on Earth, every blade of grass,
every insect, has been created for Man*”

– Anastasia.

Could this be true? If it is, what does it mean to become true stewards of the precious gift that is the Earth? Come and let us explore these questions together!

Come one, come all! March 23rd looks really promising! Your are cordially invited to the Mora Grows Seed Library opening: bring your favorite organic, heirloom, and native seeds to share. Don’t forget to include information with your seed envelopes: where did you obtain the initial seed stock, was it grown organically, dates, and all the other fun facts that make a seed’s life interesting. Tell us your seed story!

Where: Tapetes de Lana is located on the corner of HWY 518 & HWY 434, in Mora, NM. Tapetes is the local wool mill, and co-op for artists, weavers, potters, and much more. Teas and coffee are served in their recently born Coffee Barn. Their phone number: (575) 387-2247. Visit their website:http://moravalleyspinningmill.com/tapetes_de_lana/ for more information. Tapetes’ gallery features local weavings, rugs, paintings, photographs, post cards, soaps, salves, body butter, crocheted items, knitted items, scarves, hats, bini’s, purses, pottery, jewelry, retablos, butos, crosses, candles, New Mexican salsa, local jellies, and much more! They offer a 40% factory discount on all in-stock fiber, yarn, warp, and roving.

The folks from seedbroadcast.org will be at the library kickoff, filming, and interviewing. Come see their retrofitted bread van: a mobile seed library!

Ancient seed planting techniques will be shared: ancient civilizations knew how to transfer their DNA to a seed, sharing their bodily makeup with it, the seed in turn would alter its own genetic makeup in order to produce the chemicals and nutrients needed by the person who planted it. Scientist Barbara McClintock, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1983, discovered transposable elements in plants, commonly known as “jumping genes”: a plant’s ability to alter itself, a response to surrounding information. Come and learn how to do it at home: your plants will develop the medicine that is right for you, healing your body!

We will have a potluck for those who wish to stay after the seed exchange, to share and learn from each other. Some food and drinks will be provided by the organizers of the event. We are urging any artists, artisans, or small business owners to bring their wares – let us know who you are and what you do in the world! Bring your business cards, catalogs, and fliers – come prepared to talk about your intentions and dreams.

Enjoy a brief introduction to GMO (genetically modified organisms) and the ravages associated with this pervasive technology. Learn what you can do to protect yourself, your seeds, and your neighborhood.

9 – 11 am: Orientation and seed exchange.
11 – 11:30: Showing of wares, sharing of information.
11:30 – 12:30: Potluck – bring a dish if you feel inspired to do so.
12:30 – Showing Genetic Roulette movie, by Jeffrey Smith. Learn more about his work at:http://www.seedsofdeception.com/

Watch the movie trailer:

“In exposing the bullying and deceit of the biotech industry, Jeffrey Smith’s mesmerizing film shines a bright light of hope that we can reclaim our health and our food systems. Meticulously documented, thoroughly comprehensive, and rivetingly presented, this is more than an adventure story with intense drama and high stakes. It is in fact one of the most important stories ever told. Watch it and be galvanized, inspired, and engaged. Then tell everyone you know.”

– John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International
http://http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

*The word “Man” is translated from the Russian, where “Man” is the same as “human being” Find out more about these revealing, and deeply healing books at: http://ringingcedars.com/

Watch this super-short video put out by California actors, addressing Proposition 37: an attempt to label GMO foods.