Finca Morpho Contribution Energy Flow
On Finca Morpho we have split all necessary responsibilities into 7 main Pillars and everyone works under one of the pillars to accomplish Finca Morpho’s ToDos, goals, and aspirations. We work biodynamically with the cycles of the moon and in the flow. What is "The Flow"? Flow is defined in the dictionary as "to move with a continually shifting of component particles." Working with the flow can be challenging at times, due to people and coming at different times and the fact that we are still growing as a farm and learning as we go. We are an experimental farm and being an experimental farm sometimes our flow diverts to different unexpected areas due to different energies showing up on the farm. We have a basic flow goal we strive to work off of but sometimes we fail to meet that goal. We ask anyone coming to help fill in the gaps they can, offer as much as themselves as they are able, and keep the flow going as one big community. Why do we work "In The Flow"? Emotions, feelings, and circumstances arise in which we are just pushing ourselves through an experience rather than enjoying the moment at hand. We have noticed that people that are inspired, have an output of energy 10 fold than normally. By allowing people to work in their natural flow of themselves, the possibility of wonderful things to arise is increased. Working in the flow can be described as "the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does and loses sense of space and time."
- Keep the farm Moop Free(organized)
- Pack it in, Pack it out
- Respect the soil
- Observe, Plan, Act
- Follow and Communicate your ABCs (Awareness, Boundaries, and Consent)
- Follow Farm Agreements and Guidelines
Weekly and Daily Intended Schedule:
Daily(Monday - Saturday):
- 6:00 - Yoga at beach
- 7:00 - Communal Farm roles time and active period with limited talking
- 8:00 - Circling for Breakfast and announcements leading into group activity
- 9:00 to 11:30 - Group activity, assigned tasks, or approved personal projects
- 11:30 to 12:00 - Clean up projects for the day, return tools, and help prepare for lunch
- 12:00 - Circling for Lunch
- 12:30 to 3:00 - Clean up of MOOP in your area and communal areas, and work on approved personal projects, research for projects, and helping out where it could be used.
- 3:00 - The bodega shuts down for the day
- 1:30 to 5:00 - Workshop, Activity, Educational talks
- 6:00 - Circling for Dinner
- 8:00 - Quiet Time
- Monday - Meetings/Maintenance Day
- All Farm Meetings (meetings are not required, but highly recommended)
- Maintenance and Moop Day
- Town Run and always could use assistance when the truck returns from town
- Trash Tuesday working in the trash temple
- Open time slots for members to put on an educational demonstration, workshops, lectures, or fun activities for the community.
- Optimal day for One on One Mentor sessions from farm members
- Thursday - Men and Women Circles
- 4:00 Men and Women Circles
- 4:20 Artisan market at Martina’s with an option to sell food from the farm
- Saturday - Farm Activity and Tour Day
- Farm Tour Day
- Farm activity planned during the week
- Puerto Jimenez community garden day
- Talking stick circle at 7pm or when otherwise posted with the location will be announced at morning sync meeting
Working with the Moon:
- No plant work should be done on the days of full moon or new moon
- The morning is good for planting seeds and applying leaf fertilizer
- The afternoon is good for working with roots and transplanting
- Best to plant during a water sign. Do no plant during a fire sign
- Website to check http://www.astrologie-info.com/mocal.cgi
New Moon (Luna Nueva) 12 hours after Dark Moon to First Quarter
Every living thing feels an upsurge of energy - the sap is rising. A great time to plant or to start any projects, although some believe that it is better to wait until you can actually see the crescent of the New Moon. Plant, graft and transplant annuals that produce above ground, especially those of a leafy kind that produce seeds outside the fruit, also cereals and grains. Refrain from picking anything as it rots too easily at this time. Mow lawns to increase growth. Plants could use more oxygen at this time.
- Chop road and trails
- Make compost
- Don’t harvest anything unless to use for the day
- Construction and infrastructure repairs
- Liquid fertilizer
First quarter moon (Cuarto Creciente) First Quarter to 12 hours before Full Moon
The energy (and the sap) is still fresh rising - this is a good phase for starting anything. Plant, graft and transplant annuals that produce above ground, especially of a vine-type with seeds produced inside (like beans, peas, peppers, squash and tomatoes). Plant cereals and grains. All activities listed for the New Moon phase are just as successful if done now. The last two days of this phase, just before the Full Moon are considered optimum for planting, and grafts take best if done at this time. Know as best time to plant, graft and transplant annuals that produce above ground, especially of a vine-type with seeds produced inside (like beans, peas, peppers, squash and tomatoes). Great for grafting
- Fill pots with dirt and prepare dirt for next month
- Apply Liquid fertilizer
- Plant Seeds for growth
- Pruning young plants for formation of growth
Full moon (Luna llena) 12 hours after Full Moon to Last quarter.
There is a peaking of the electromagnetic energy of all living things at the exact time of the Full Moon, and then a slow withdrawal of energy for the next two weeks, as the Moon wanes. Plant perennials, biennials, bulb and root crops and anything that produces below ground. The sap flow is downwards into the roots. Pruning is most successful now, and it is an excellent time to harvest all crops. Medicinal herbs and plants are most potent when picked now. This is a great time for sprouting seeds to eat, but not so good for sprouting seeds for planting, as there is a good initial growth spurt with only spindly follow through.
- Plant cuttings and roots
- Prune trees
- Cut down trees
- Take harvests
- Save seeds
- Apply solid fertilizer
Last quarter (Cuarto Menguante) Last Quarter to 12 hours before Dark Moon
This is a barren phase, where it is most appropriate to rest or to prepare for the next New Moon. It is great for cultivation - pulling weeds, turning the earth, pruning, spraying. Apply organic fertilizers any time during the Waning Moon, from Full Moon onward. Mow lawns to decrease growth. This is the best phase for harvesting crops that you want to store for a period of time without rotting or losing flavour. Transplant close to the end of this period for an easy recovery with little trauma. Set fence posts, spread manure. Weeds pulled now have no strength to sprout again.
- Apply soil amendments to areas to be planted next month
- Apply spray bio-fertilizers to month old plants in field (urine especially to leafy greens, grains and palms.
- Roughly chop established plants and fruit trees.
- Chop completely areas to plant next month etc.
- Chop areas to clear new land for future planting
- Construction and infrastructure repairs
- Prune to reduce height
Astrological Time to plant
The astrological sign assigned to the moon during the day has a lot to do when is good to plant as well. Planting in a fire sign has been shown to not have good success rate whereas water is the best. The Moon spends approximately two and a half days in each sign. Once you’ve chosen the correct phase of the Moon for planting a particular kind of seed, you can refine the method further by picking days to plant when the Moon is in a fertile sign.
- Aries– A fire/fruit sign. Barren and dry. Plant vines, stalks, and fruit trees. Harvest root and fruit for storage. Cultivate, prune fruit trees, destroy weeds and pests.
- Taurus– An earth/root sign. Productive and moist. Second best for planting and transplanting. Good for root crops and potatoes, especially when hardiness is important. Also a good sign for transplanting leafy green vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage.
- Gemini– An air/flower sign. Barren and dry. Harvest root and fruit for storage. Cultivate, destroy weeds and pests. Melon seeds respond well in this sign.
- Cancer– A water/leaf sign. Very fruitful and moist. The best sign for all planting and transplanting of above ground bearing crops. Also good for grafting, and irrigation. Prune, water and fertilize in the fourth quarter.
- Leo– A fire/fruit sign. Very barren and dry. Cultivate, prune fruit trees and harvest for storage. An excellent time to destroy weeds and pests in the fourth quarter.
- Virgo– An earth/root sign. Barren and moist. Flowers and vines are favored by it, especially medicinal plants. Divide and transplant perennial flowers in the third quarter. Cultivate and destroy weeds and pests in the fourth quarter.
- Libra– An air/flower sign. Semi-fruitful and moist. Best sign for planting beautiful and fragrant flowers, vines and herbs. Good for transplanting, and root crops with pulpy stems like kohlrabi in the third quarter
- Scorpio– A water/leaf sign. Very fruitful and moist. Best for sturdy plants and vines, good for transplanting. Tomatoes, corn and squash like Scorpio. Graft or prune in the third and fourth quarter to retard growth and promote better fruit. Prune, water and fertilize in the fourth quarter.
- Sagittarius– A fire/fruit-seed sign. Barren and dry. Plant potatoes, onion sets and fruit trees. Harvest roots and onions for storage. A good sign in which to cultivate the soil.
- Capricorn– An earth/root sign. Productive and dry. Good for planting potatoes and other root crops, and for encouraging strong hardy growth. Good for grafting, pruning to promote healing, and applying organic fertilizer.
- Aquarius– An air/flower sign. Barren and dry. Good for planting onion sets. Harvest root and fruit for storage. Cultivate, destroy weeds and pests.
- Pisces– A water/leaf sign. Very productive and moist. Second best sign for planting and transplanting. Especially good for root growth and transplanting in the third quarter. Prune, water and fertilize in the fourth quarter.
- Water Signs -The best planting days for planting all plants is when the Moon is in the water/leaf signs of Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio. Water signs are fertile times for planting above ground bearing, leafy annuals, such as lettuce, spinach, chard, and brassicas, in the first or second quarter. Water lawns, shrubs and trees deeply.
- Earth Signs - The earth/root signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, are also very fertile and good for planting. Earth signs are associated with roots, so it is especially good for underground crops and for transplanting to encourage root development. Use the third quarter phase.
- Air Signs - Air/flower signs are generally barren and dry. Libra is an exception to that rule, and is semi-fertile and good for blooming flowers and herbs, vines, tubers and roots. Melons like Gemini, and onions respond well in Aquarius. Air signs are a good time to harvest and cultivate the soil.
- Fire Signs - The fire/fruit-seed signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are considered barren and dry. Use these signs for fruit and crops grown for their seed. Prune fruit trees during a fire sign. Weed in Leo so seeds won’t sprout. Harvest in a fourth quarter fire sign to preserve fruit and vegetables for storage.