Out on the LAND

Outdoor Kitchen
Our outdoor kitchen is made of pine from the land, pine from the local sawyers and wood found in the shipping container. It sits on metal augered supports on land just above the yurt.  Its location is such that it will collect sun for the solar panels that will power the refrigerating cooler, lighting and soon a convection stove top. The metal roof tilts to the west to collect rainwater run off into a rain barrel and to provide shade during the hot months. The collected rainwater will be used for cooking, cleaning and provide for a small herb garden.  From the hilltop you will be able to see a large patch of land that has been cleared of scotch broom, dead trees and shrubs, seeded with wildflowers and will overlook a seating and dining area. It will also be near a compost heap for kitchen waste to serve as fertilizer for the herb garden.  Beside the kitchen, an area will contain a solar oven and, for now, a gas powered stove. Counter tops and cabinets still are in the designing stages and will be built with pine from the land and a small sink found in one of the abandoned trailers. Steps and pathways will be built of pine, stones and mulch. (Lauri)

Ollas
Traditional ollas are made of unglazed porous red clay that are buried in soil to seep water.  Roots of neighboring plants wrap around the buried olla for irrigation during dry months. The clay used in these ollas is soldate and is vitreous when fired. Small holes have been carved into the coiled pots to allow water to seep out into the garden.  The ollas are filled with water from nearby cistern water collected by the metal rooftop of garden shade structure. (Lauri)

Logs to Lumber
In May of 2022 we took down some dead Ponderosa pines on the land. In one of the biggest (+/-150 years) and most compromised we found incredible colors and patterns of fungus and bark beetle activity that probably aided in its demise. We had it cut down and milled on site into some amazing lumber–enough to build a new kitchen area, plus, plus…

Yurt sited and raised
During the summer of 2017 we chose a site for our yurt on a flattish area at the top of a hill to get a good view of the land, good drainage and also get the feeling we were in the trees. To make the smallest footprint we first put in augured spikes to act as the foundation. Using wood found on site and cedar that we got from the nearby lumber mill, we constructed the platform. Our neighbors helped us erect the pre-made frame and the put on the canvas cover complete with three screened windows and a skylight.