I built three different types of cold frames from old windows and recycled scrap wood from other construction projects. They are currently being tested to see to what extent they influence the yield as well as which one is the best out of the three. Results such as daytime and nighttime temperatures, humidity will be posted here soon. All three are about 5-10 cm dug into the ground. The three cold frames are the following:
- Deep cold frame (49 cm wide /110 cm long, 42 cm tall)
- Shallow cold frame (50 cm wide/ 120 cm long, 26 cm tall)
- A-frame type cold frame with vent doors (own design)
Dear friends near and far away,
We have had a few months all to ourselves to enjoy the slow living and prepare for 2020, which has a lot of promises. As we started writing this letter of 2019, we were hoping for snow and even rain, we have had the driest year in the last 8 years and an unusually warm October and November. Now it looks like we are snowed in! Luckily we have enough homemade preserves from the garden, and whiskey and wine to keep us warm throughout the winter, thanks to dear friends who didn’t forget about us.
This video, made by Reinout Arents, a talented young artists from Belgium, beautifully captures some of the loveliest moments at the Organic Art Ranch in 2018. Happy moments, friendship, music, the many faces of Nature, and people united from many corners of the world sharing all this at our unique homestead. Enjoy and join us next year!
Dear Friends and Family,
This year we wish you Happy Holidays from the Arctic Circle! We are enjoying this time of year here while the ranch is quietly sleeping. We are both here because Zsuzsi spent most of 2018 carrying out research at the university of Oulu, and she will spend also a part of 2019 in this magical place. This meant a big change for the Organic Art Ranch during 2018, less time spent in Transylvania but the birth of new ideas for the future. For this reason the garden and certain activities were less in focus than in the previous years. Despite this there were several workshops, including the first Thai Yoga Massage Workshop in Romania. For the same reason the 2018 season was much shorter, as we ended most of our activities by October. Continue reading
Dear Family and Friends Near and Far,
Another exciting year is over, and it’s time to look back at the past twelve months again. Each year is successful in its own way, and even if certain aspects of homesteading are more difficult than in previous years, there is always plenty of space to learn. Each year we are getting deeper into modern homesteading practices, learning and teaching as we go, sharing the experiences and knowledge that we acquired and always being open to trying new ways. To see some of our past events and stories, please take a look at our updated website. New events and workshops will be added in the upcoming months. Continue reading
Last year we decided to offer a special opportunity to the real lovers of adventure: a cultural exchange program as a shepherds apprentice. We organized this program to help our local shepherd and the growth of the local economy, as well as to offer a chance to learn, a very unique experience that cannot be found elsewhere else at the moment.
We received a lot of applications; it seems like trying the shepherd life for a while is enticing for many. At the end we chose Guillhem, who seemed the most suitable for this unique exchange. You can read about his experiences in this journal written by him, Continue reading
Love of herbs
Using herbs have always been in the major focus of our homestead life, including wild herbs growing in the area as well as the ones that we grow in the garden. Each year we managed to grow something new, to learn something about wild herbs and to also try new ways of using them. We started experimenting with tinctures, salves and other herbal products many years ago, each time learning something new and improving our methods. Continue reading