Sunday, May 10, 2009
This weekend I went with a few friends to tour the Santuario Sisterfarm in Boerne, Texas. It is a working model for sustainable living run by women and was a really wonderful experience. I was so busy chasing the dirtiest kid around that I forgot to take photos. She was busy chasing after their dogs and pretending to drive their tractor.
They open the farm and give tours once a month. It is less what I would call a farm and more a diverse collection of gardens and ponds. They also use rain water harvesting, solar panels, raise chickens, use natural bug deterrents,grow food, cool their home with geothermal methods, clean their gray water, have a yurt and use composting toilets. It was great to see permaculture practices in actions. At the plant sale afterwards, I picked up a spearmint plant and my daughter spent a great deal of time taste testing the chocolate mint.
An added bonus was that I met my gardening neighbors on the tour! We have neighbors a few doors down with an amazing outdoor garden that I have been mildly stalking trying to meet but have never come across. They were also on the tour and offered to share some fig cuttings with us. I love gardening neighbors.
If you are in the area- I recommend making the day trip out to see the farm sometime. The next tour is June 13th and the tours are at 10 and noon. For more information: http://www.sisterfarm.org/