Hello! my name is Uvee. What a wonderful season it has been here in New Mexico with the Pollination Project. For the past few years I have been exploring different parts of the country learning about farming and gardening in different climates. Originally from Maryland, I have participated in Earth work in Washington D.C., Bellingham Washington, southern Colorado, Portland Oregon and now Santa Fe. All the while looking for the right teacher and mentor to guide me through a full season of community oriented traditional and experimental farming. And I couldn't be luckier or more grateful to have found Sol and this beautiful radical project. This year we cultivated several varieties of lettuce and carrots, corn, tomatoes, beans, squash, chard, kale, bok choi, cucumbers, basil, flowers, and other herbs all from seed! All of our germination and sprouting occurred in a beautiful greenhouse which has a sprinkler system that uses collected rainwater in a large basin outside the house to water the plants. Once the root systems were just the right density, we planted the starts in the field. This entire season I have not used any machines. All of my work has been with simple tools like the shovel, spade fork, and rake. To me, this method of working the land by hand creates an environment and lifestyle of deep connection and relationship not only with the soil and the cultivated plants themselves, but also the birds and bugs and wind and clouds. I have felt for the first time in my life in harmony with my environment which has brought immense healing to my spirit and strength to my body.