Category Archives: Homestead

blog posts related to our Peace of Earth homestead adventures

Potato Harvest

Check it out! This is just part of our 77 pound first potato harvest of the season!

Since our ground is still hard and rocky in the Ozarks, we are using the Ruth Stout mulch method for potatoes this year… this will actually help improve our soil as we grow food!

And we are thrilled with the success of our first potato harvest! We are planting some of the potatoes right back in the ground to see if we can get a second harvest before our first freeze this fall. Fingers crossed!

Birth of a Placenta Orchard

The elephant circle of women held sacred ceremony today in honor of the First Mother, the placenta or ‘iewe….  one of our mamababys decided to gift their placenta to this land, and upon that gift a vision was born…

Women’s Garden and Placenta Orchard for our community to gather herbs, sit, meditate, and TalkStory~  Today we planted the first tree in the placenta orchard- a bronze loquat- in the East. I envision a placenta tree in each direction to anchor the space, with a bounty and plants and herbs that support women’s cycles, pregnancy and birth filling in the circle, and space for us to gather in the center! Please hold this vision with me….

Vision:
To support gentle, peaceful, and natural pregnancy and birth in our community, by guiding women back home to their instinctual natures, to the earth and to the plants.

To create an herbal garden filled with plants useful during pregnancy and birth, anchored by fruit trees, and in the center a circular gathering area for our women’s circle to sit and ground on the earth. Our community of hapai women and new mothers will have access to gather herbs, meditate, as well as help tend the gardens. I see circles of women and babies sipping tea, sharing stories, breastfeeding, singing songs and nourishing ourselves on the ‘aina!

We now have 3 fruit trees each with a beautiful placenta buried underneath! The next steps are to create a concrete or paving stone circular sitting area in the center, and herbs around the perimeter filled with herbs such as mamaki (endemic Hawaiian nettles), comfrey, calendula, yarrow, lavender, motherwort, moringa, sage, passionflower, and many others!