A shout out to Many Mothers , an organization that helps new moms for three months, sending a matched volunteer to come and be available to hold and spend time with the babe, chat and visit with mom, fold laundry or do dishes, let you take a nap, or answer email, etc. It was AMAZING… and puts so many things into perspective. It’s hard to put into the words the shocking reality of becoming a mom, what you lose and what you gain… what you need. But, this organization gets it.

I have also, with a new babe in my world, am realizing to a new degree the importance, the depth, and the story of family. I want to return to prioritizing this aspect of my work – capturing moments that are forever life changing, deeply personal, and fleeting. I am available for family portrait sessions, photo play dates, documenting your life and love as it unfolds.

We took a birth class at The Birthing Tree in Santa Fe. It was great to talk about, share, laugh, and question what the experience of birth might be like and how to prepare for it. Shabd Simran Adeniji, co-owner of The Birthing Tree, is a nurse-midwife, Childbirth Educator, and Early Childhood Parent Educator. She is an inspiration and an amazing mama. It was awesome to get a chance to photograph her family recently.

I spent a few months on the Big Island of Hawaii, at Kalani, late November 2015 through early February 2016. I went with a little babe growing in my belly. And, it was the most amazing place to nurture and feel into new life. Camping with the sounds of mating whales echoing in the night, koki frogs singing, wild pigs rummaging, and the rain beating down. I can’t even begin to retell the tale of the senses. My baby girl swam in the ocean, danced in community, soaked up the sun and the juice of tropical fruits, cried and laughed and touched the sacred with me. An unforgettable lifetime experience close to nature, deep in the heart.

“I am from New Mexico, I was born and raised here, and it’s the only home I have. I want to see it thrive, I want to work for it. If we are not stewards of the land, who will be?” Nina Yozell-Epstein, Founder, Squash Blossom Local Food

Squash Blossom Local Food is a mission driven social enterprise, working to protect the interest of local farmers, preserve land in Northern New Mexico, lower the carbon footprint, and bring healthy, nutritious food to the community. Eating locally, also deeply connects people to the food they are eating; giving them a relationship to what’s in season, where their food comes from, and how it was grown.

Why the name Squash Blossom? Squash Blossoms are very delicate, once they are harvested they have to be delivered within three hours and eaten that day. Who else can do that? Who can work that closely with farmers, and deliver for use that day? The specialty is harvesting per order, food is delivered within 24 hours, and squash blossoms within 3 hours. The business is just as fragile, precarious, and needs effort and support.

“We’re all here [in New Mexico] against the odds. It’s a desert, it’s a short growing season, there is fire danger, there is drought. You don’t think of farming here, yet everything that grows here has that much more flavor, that much more spice, and that’s true for the people too. I want to protect us, I want to protect my community, and the land. Squash Blossom Local Food is about New Mexico, it’s about protecting the most delicate and vibrant aspect of our culture and community.”

Twenty farms, from 1 – 30 acres in size in Northern New Mexico, small-scale agriculture, are contributing to the Squash Blossoms local delivery.

Four farms are represented in this group of images:
Española Valley Farms, Salvador and , Española, New Mexico
Rancho la Jolla, Danny Farrar, Velarde, New Mexico
Red Mountain Farm, Jeff Nitz and Clare Price, Abiquiu, New Mexico
Malandro Farm, Jim Benson and Lisa Anderson and family, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Over twenty restaurants are participating. Click here to see the list.

A recent article about Squash Blossom in Edible Santa Fe

To learn more, visit: Squash Blossom Local Food online

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