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ARTIST Morgan Cameron


TRAILER Working Kitchen


7280 Auburn Folsom Rd. Granite Bay, CA 95746 T. 916 690 2010 E. W.

ALL THINGS JANUARY ARTIST ARTICLES • Arena • Case Study • Lavender • Temperature • Training • Water CALENDAR GARDEN RECIPES • Drink • Food • Home

Lavender Fields’ goal is to create a farm that works for the environment and the welfare of the creatures that inhabit it. By working with the land, climate, and animals, we are able to create an atmosphere that is comfortable, thriving, and supports long term ecological balance. Located in The Sierra Nevada region of California, the area is critical to the environment and economy of the state and provides essential natural resources including fresh water, clean power, working lands, and famous wilderness. By embracing the Northern California lifestyle, and working with nature, we are able to create our own little slice of paradise.


Lavender Fields offers a stand alone equestrian safety fencing, that places the safety of the horse at the forefront of its design. Our #1 goal is a healthy horse and a healthy environment. So, aside from being the most advanced fencing option on the market, we also try to be very affordable. Our fencing is strong, durable, aesthetically beautiful, easy to clean, stain resistant and virtually maintenance free for years. The rails and posts are manufactured out of recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and combined with a patented bio composite that offers superior strength and longevity. The fence will not shatter or split in extremely cold weather. It will not sag in extremely hot weather. It will not split, crack, or fail like vinyl and PVC fencing. It is also impermeable to acids found in animal wastes, and is therefore, able to be installed in lieu of wood for stall walls.

Our durable bio-fencing is safe for containing all types of livestock and pets. It will not splinter or cause injuries. You will feel the difference in your hands, and hear the difference when it is struck - it sounds like metal and gives like plastic. It can handle the abuse of your horse - safely. Contact Lavender Fields for your personal fence quote and layout options.

Solectrac Electric Tractors are the clean, quiet, zero-emission alternative to diesel tractors. Our tractors can be charged by renewable energy, like wind and solar, and provide all the power of a comparable diesel tractor.

STEEL THE IDEA Lavender Fields is an authorized Versatube dealer. VersaTube manufactures pre-engineered DIY steel building kits. Contact us for ideas, a free design, and a quote for a new steel - arena, barn, shelter, carport, name it, we can help. EMAIL:

WATER: Mud Free The winter rain is here, bringing with it the bane of too many barns—muddy arenas. If you find yourself going across the diagonal to avoid your own cloud of dust, it’s time to solve the problem—it’s time to get Arpolith. What is Arpolith? Made from volcanic ash, Arpolith is a truly green product—organic and environmentally friendly. Because it is chemically inert, it can be used in conjunction with magnesium chloride, as well as, with any footing. Of course, organic and versatile doesn’t mean much if the product isn’t effective. Fortunately, Arpolith can absorb 30% of its own weight in water, creating superior moisture control. The benefits of Arpolith just keep going. Arpolith not only controls dust, it also stabilizes soggy arenas after heavy rain. It offers true moisture control, balancing your footing in all kinds of weather. Some products on the market only last one year. Why have the hassle of yearly application? Instead, use Arpolith—easy to install, long lasting, effective and safe for the environment, your horses, and you. GGT-Footing™ is the equine footing division of Polysols, Inc. located in Spartanburg S.C. Originally based out of Germany, but due to demand in the USA, a plant was opened ten years ago to accommodate the growing needs. We also have accomplished arena builders around the world, ready to serve your every need for arena footing. Email Cynthia Keating at for more details.

ARENA: Living Jump To build a “Living Jump”, source plants from a local nursery and use native species that support pollinators and create habitats for beneficial insects, such as lady bugs. To add to sustainability, the plants in your “Living Jump” can be replanted for use the following years. If you do not jump, this practice can be applied to other areas around your farm, dressage court or horse show. The purpose of the “Living Jump” is to promote biodiversity and support species that enhance ecosystem resilience. Biodiversity describes the overall variety of living things in the ecosystem -- from microorganisms to plants to horses and their riders -- and is important because it provides vital resources such as food, water, shelter, medicine, and fuel. A biodiverse environment is also more resilient in the face of disaster. When equestrians source native plants within the course design and farm landscaping processes, they help to sustain the local environments that, in turn, sustain human life. Green Is the New Blue is a non-profit dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of horse shows and other equine practices. We are persistently working to ensure a more sustainable sport and support a healthy relationship with our planet and all species, including our horses.

TRAINING: Leg Up Assuming horses that are now at a zero fitness level were fit for competition prior to the COVID-19 restrictions, the reconditioning program should start slowly to allow all parts of the body to improve fitness and strength; this includes the back beneath the saddle, the hooves and all musculoskeletal tissues. Gradual progression is important to avoid discomfort, injury and any subsequent behaviour issues. Be conservative for the first couple of weeks. Week 1: • 15 minutes of walking per day including transitions to halt, rein back and leg yield. Week 2: • 30 minutes of walking per day; • Up to two (2) minutes trotting divided into periods of about 20 seconds; and, • Large (20 metre) circles and easy lateral exercises. Week 3: • 30 minutes walking per day; • Up to four (4) minutes trotting; • Two (2) minutes cantering divided into periods of about 20 seconds; • Decrease circle diameter to 15 metres as the horse develops the strength and coordination needed to bend correctly; and, • Increase the number of transitions. Week 4: • 30 minutes walking per day; • Up to a total of 10 minutes trotting; • Cantering split into shorter segments; • Increase the number of transitions between consecutive gaits (e.g. halt-walk, walk-trot, trotcanter) and changes of speed within the gaits to develop strength and balance; and, • Decrease circle size and use spiral exercises according to the horse’s ability.

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TRAINING: Eat Show season is here! With it begins the process of legging up our equine athletes! Over the slow winter months horses can lose muscle strength, tone, and experience tightening of tendons and decrease in blood flow. Equine athletes, and their human counterpart, take time to get in shape for the season. Ramp up slowly and stay consistent. It is a challenging time and takes much more energy to get in shape, than stay in shape. As you focus on conditioning, don’t lose sight of the nutrition required by your horse. Sore muscles, exhausted lungs, and mental fatigue all need rejuvenation. The age-old saying of “junk in, junk out” is absolutely true! The proper blend of quality ingredients should balance both the diet and the amino acid profile of the horse. This aids in various processes, including building and repairing muscle, hoof health, regulating immune function, and nutrient absorption. A ration that slows hindgut digestion allows roughage (hay or pasture) to be fully processed and much needed calorie extraction boosted! As you look at your nutrition program, pay special attention to the feed bag ingredient label. The first three to four ingredients listed typically account for sixty to eighty percent, or more, of the total ration. Look for high-quality sources of carbohydrates, proteins, oils/fats, vitamins, and minerals. Organic ingredients like alfalfa meal, flax seed, coconut, stabilized rice bran, peas, and sesame, to name a few; provide excellent all-around nutrition. For example, alfalfa meal has highly digestible fiber, higher calories compared to grass hay, and a good source of calcium. Whole flax seed, high in omega-3 fatty acids, enhances overall animal health and reduces inflammation. Coconut, which is low in non-structural carbohydrates, provides cool energy and high-quality protein. All of these are critical for legging up your athletes! Jen McFall of Dragonfire Farm in Wilton, CA says it best, “Nutrition plays a starring role in achieving peak physical fitness in your horse, by providing the necessary fuel for them to build and maintain muscle. As competition demands more energy and strength from our athletes, so must we demand a high-quality feed that will allow them to perform and maintain optimal body condition throughout the entire season.”

JEN MCFALL & HALLELUJAH DF A high-quality nutrient diet is always important and becomes imperative during the legging up process and long season to maintain, repair, and build muscle. Keep them strong; keep them healthy; and keep positive, cool energy flowing through your equine athletes! Pink Rose Organix Equine Boost & Balance is a USDA Certified Organic feed for an optimized digestive system and healthy hindgut. A delicious, prescriptive blend of organic proteins, oils, and fiber that works with your pasture or hay to boost digestive efficiency and balance the diet. Boost & Balance focuses on hindgut function; driving animal health, attitude, and positive, cool energy!

TEMPERATURE: Scratches Scratches is a mixed bacterial, often fungal, and sometimes parasitic skin condition found on the back of the pastern and above heel bulbs. The bacteria and fungi find their way into breaks in the horse’s skin. The conditions for its development are excessively moist or dirty environment and repeated wetting and drying of the skin (damp, muddy pastures or wet stalls). Scratches isn’t a fussy disease, as any horse can get it; but the condition is widely prevalent in horses with feathers or long fetlock hair that retain moisture. Horses with white legs are also at risk because un-pigmented skin is more susceptible to sun damage, chaffing and abrasions making it more at risk for infection. Carefully clip the hair away from the infected area, taking care not to scrape or break the skin. Once the area is clipped, gently and thoroughly wash the affected areas with Ivory Bar Soap. Rough scrubbing and harsh chemicals should be avoided. Scabs can be massaged off carefully, but don’t pull or pick them. Using a clean towel, carefully pat the area dry and apply Lavender Essential Oil - which has been clinically shown to be antifungal and antibacterial. Limit washing sessions to only once a day for 7-10 days. Then cut back the frequency to 2-3 times per week until resolved. The primary defense to allow healing is a dry, clean environment. This means you may need to find an alternative living situation for your horse if he/she is fighting a case of scratches. Horses should be kept off wet pastures and housed in a clean, dry stall. Straw bedding or shavings should be of the large, fluffy variety. Milled shavings should be avoided as they contain more moisture. Applying a layer of zinc-oxide based cream (ie. Desitin®) to DRY affected areas may also help soften scabs and provide a moisture barrier to allow healing to occur. If you’ve been treating scratches unsuccessfully, you should call your veterinarian out to have a look. PREVENTION TIPS: • Keep the footing dry inside the stall and turnout area; use dry bedding and fill in muddy areas around gates • Dry your horse’s legs before putting him up in a stall. • Avoid early morning turnout when there is heavy dew or frost on the ground. • Do not use wraps or boots that will retain moisture around the infected areas. Do not share boots between horses. • Horses with long leg hair or feathers may benefit from hair removal/clipping so that moisture and contaminants are not trapped against the skin.

FIRE: Log It Repurposing is the process by which an object with one use value is transformed or redeployed as an object with an alternative use value. When trees need to be cut down for fire or fall prevention, we can repurpose them into fun and reusable items. This simple action keeps pressure of the landfills and disposal areas, and makes for some very one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are some ideas for your own trees and stumps. Let your imagination be your guide.

TRAILER: Working Kitchen What’s the best way to set up a your trailer? By creating zones, 5 zones to be exact. The basic work zones to think about in your kitchen are as follows: 1. Consumables zone: The area used to store most of your food. This may actually be split into two zones: one for your refrigerator (fresh food) and one for your pantry or food cabinets (dry goods, oils, etc.). 2. Non-consumables zone: The area used to store everyday dishes, including plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware. 3. Cleaning zone: The area that contains the sink and dishwasher (if you have one). 4. Preparation zone: The area where most of your kitchen prep happens. This may be a stretch of countertop, or a kitchen island. 5. Cooking zone: The area that contains the stovetop, oven, or range, and possibly the microwave. Most trailer kitchens can be divvied up into these areas, regardless of size. You still probably have the essentials: a fridge (consumables zone), some cabinets (non-consumables zone), a sink (cleaning zone), a little countertop space (preparation zone), and a stove (cooking zone). Once you’ve mapped out your zones, you’re ready for the next step kitchen essentials.

1. CAST IRON SKILLETS are a one pan wonder. They can go from camp fire to stove top to oven and never skip a beat. They are naturally non-stick, they won’t break, and they sear meat like nobody’s business. And for clean-up? No soap, just a good scrub with steel wool. 2. WOOD CUTTING BOARD (as big as can comfortably fit) should be your workhorse. It should ideally be a well-constructed end-grain cutting board that’s at least 1.25 inches thick. Wooden cutting boards are durable, gentle on knives, and sanitary: trapping and killing bacteria within 10 minutes. 3. KNIVES are the basic building blocks of good cooking. Look at them as investments where quality is better than quantity. You basically need just three knives. The chef’s knife ranks at the top of this list, followed by a paring knife and a serrated bread knife. Mount under a top cabinet for easy storage. 4. UTENSILS will make your life easier by having the right tools for the job. A slotted spoon, can opener, cheese grater, wine opener, spatulas, etc. Be prepared. 5. MASON JARS serve double duty, come in all different sizes, and are about as efficient as you can get. Drinking glasses and food storage all in one. No brainer. 6. DISHES in a handy storage rack are a necessity. Dishes keep things classy, produce no garbage, and serve double duty as food storage, mixing containers, and the like. 7. DISH TOWELS dry dishes, hands, and act as hot pads for hot iron skillets. A good linen set will work as hard as you do. 8. FLATWARE will not break, melt, or fail you like plastic. Easy to store and lovely to use. 9. SEASONING elevates your food. Have the right basics on hand like olive oil, flaky sea salt, chili pepper flakes, and garlic to start. Magnetic storage on vertical surface makes for easy use and is travel safe.


CASE STUDY: Fire Resistant Trees Having had a fire on the property on Memorial Day 2020, I learned a few things. I learned how easy it is for land to catch fire. Three out of eight of the most fire resitant trees grow here in California - Italian Cypress, Live Oak, and Southern Magnolia. The only tree I had on the list is the Oaks. The Italian Cypress was discovered to be the most fire-resistant tree of all time as recently as 2012. That’s when a plot of land in Spain, which had originally been used to study a deadly tree pathogen, burned to the ground. The researchers were devastated. But then — astonishingly — among the ash emerged a promising patch of green. Where the oaks, pines, and junipers had all perished, the Italian Cypresses had endured. The researchers learned that the tree’s plump pine needles don’t dry out when the tree sheds them. Instead, they amass on the ground around the tree, trapping water. On the outside of our fence, roadside, I have planted fire resitant plants and trees to assist in the prevention of fire on the property. Italian Cypress and Lavender have been planted to be the first line of defense of unforseen circumstances that can lead to fire. And, it looks beautiful.





















































Lavender, an herb with many culinary uses, also makes a stunning addition to borders and perennial gardens, providing sweeping drifts of color from early summer into fall. With its silvery-green foliage, upright flower spikes and compact shrub-like form, lavender is ideal for creating informal hedges.

Pansy are cheerful, blooming flowers, among the first of the season to offer winter color in many areas. Growing pansies are commonly seen in late fall and early spring in more northern areas of the United States, while in subtropical areas, pansies bloom throughout the winter.

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Iris is a genus of 260–300 species of flowering plants with showy flowers. ... It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, which is also the name for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris.

Lilac are deciduous shrubs that bloom in late spring and is a member of the olive family. The best time to plant lilac bushes in fall, before the ground freezes. They have a moderate growth rate of 12 to 24 inches per year. The outstanding quality of many lilacs is the smell of their flowers.

FOOD: Pan-fried Feta with Peppered Honey INGREDIENTS:


Peppered Honey • 1/4 cup honey • 1/2-1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for serving • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for serving

1. To make the honey. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar.

Fried Feta • 1 (10-12 ounce) block feta cheese • 1 large egg, beaten • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced lemon zest (from about 1 lemon) • 1 cup cherry tomatoes • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped • pita chips or pita bread, for serving

3. Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the lemon zest and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute until fried. Remove from the skillet and set aside. To the same skillet add the feta and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Transfer the feta to a serving plate.

2. To make the feta. Whisk the egg in a shallow bowl. Add the Panko to a separate shallow bowl. Dip the feta through the egg, turning to coat, remove and allow any excess to drip off. Dredge the feta through the Panko, turning to coat and pressing gently to adhere.

4. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, basil, and a pinch of salt. 5. Serve the feta warm, drizzled with honey and topped with fried lemon, thyme, and tomatoes. Enjoy with pita chips or bread. Transfer to a plate, spoon tomatoes and olives over feta with some pieces of the roasted garlic and garnish with fresh oregano leaves. Serve with grilled bread and flaky salt.

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1 heaping Tbs. honey 2 to 3 lemon slices 5 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 cup smoked Earl Grey tea with Lavender (still hot) 2 fl. oz. bourbon 1/4 fl. oz. amaro, such as Averna (optional)

Warm a mug by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Pour out the water. To the bottom of the mug, add the honey, lemons, cloves, and cinnamon. Pour in the hot tea, stir until the honey is fully dissolved, then pour in the bourban and the amaro (if using). Continue stirring until it is the right temperature for you.

HOME: Herbes de Provence Ingredients 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 2 tablespoons dried rosemary 1/4 cup dried thyme 3 tablespoons dried marjoram 3 tablespoons dried summer savory 1 tablespoon dried tarragon 1 tablespoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried chervil 1 teaspoon dried mint 1 teaspoon Lavender Fields Lavender

Herbes de Provence should be added before or during cooking. The herb blend can flavor a vinaigrette, be part of a steak rub, and contribute an earthy note to a tomato-based sauce for chicken, fish, or meat. It can also be used to coat a skinless chicken breast along with olive oil and kosher salt. Marinate for an hour or so, then grill. Or season skin-on chicken thighs the same way, then braise with white wine, tomatoes, and halved shallots.

LAVENDER FIELDS SACHET $14 100% cotton sachets are filled with super grade Lavender flowers, or Lavandula angustifolia. Culinary Use: The lavender has a citrus-like taste, hints of sweetness and rosemary, and a stronger floral flavor. It is brighter and subtly peppery when raw. The color is rich and vibrant and contains the least amount of stems and leaves. With the abundance of flowers and buds, our lavender is perfect for loose teas, cooking, or that last minute touch on desserts. Home Use: Place sachets anywhere you want to smell the wonderful lavender scent - in your closets, drawers, and boxes of off-season clothes. Lavender smells great to us, but it’s highly repellent to moths and other insects. DIMENSIONS: 3”x4” MATERIALS: 100% Cotton Linen pouch with grosgrain ribbon closure filled with 100% super grade Lavandula angustifolia buds.

Dimensions: 13” wide, 18” high, 8” deep, 3.5” drop, with a 6” x 7” inside pocket. Leather straps with nickel rivets and 100% natural golden jute fiber with water resistant lining that can hold over 100lbs. All bag sales translate directly into jobs, healthcare, and security for a group of mothers working in Bangladesh co-ops.


ARTIST: Morgan Cameron

Life moves and thrives in unpredictable ways and takes on a rhythm of its own and so does my artwork. I aim to assist the subject with the appearance of movement and life and to meld the forms to create something that feels united throughout the painting as a whole. I use several different tools to achieve this combination of realistic and disrupted forms and I’m constantly trying to develop all their uses and possibilities, many of which are discovered during creation process itself.



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