Pecha Kucha presentation 2018 

 Creating and sharing stories (Johnny speaking)  Myself and Leia, along with the help of friends and family collectively are / Shed project. We often struggle to define all that our project encompasses without relinquishing the mystery and for fear of talking too long. We are however excited to delve a little deeper into what we do with you all tonight. We hope to convey the essence while still maintaining the mystery.

Creating and sharing stories (Johnny speaking)

Myself and Leia, along with the help of friends and family collectively are / Shed project. We often struggle to define all that our project encompasses without relinquishing the mystery and for fear of talking too long. We are however excited to delve a little deeper into what we do with you all tonight. We hope to convey the essence while still maintaining the mystery.

 Dinner Ceremony (Leia speaking)  The nucleus of the project revolves around a dinner table, a beautiful single slap old growth redwood we made while spending time in California, where I spent most my life and where Johnny and I met. This table is where the magic happens, where everything we do comes together. Where everyone sits down for dinner together to share and receive stories.

Dinner Ceremony (Leia speaking)

The nucleus of the project revolves around a dinner table, a beautiful single slap old growth redwood we made while spending time in California, where I spent most my life and where Johnny and I met. This table is where the magic happens, where everything we do comes together. Where everyone sits down for dinner together to share and receive stories.

 Living closer to nature (Johnny speaking)  I was born and raised in Taos, half on Taos Pueblo and half in town. My family on both sides go back countless generations. Eager to leave, I travelled the US and worked in some amazing restaurants for close to 7 years. We learned what we needed to the from the cities we lived in, however the calm of NM was apparent to living the life we wanted.  We packed our things and moved here together about 2 years ago, with the goal of living closer to nature.

Living closer to nature (Johnny speaking)

I was born and raised in Taos, half on Taos Pueblo and half in town. My family on both sides go back countless generations. Eager to leave, I travelled the US and worked in some amazing restaurants for close to 7 years. We learned what we needed to the from the cities we lived in, however the calm of NM was apparent to living the life we wanted.  We packed our things and moved here together about 2 years ago, with the goal of living closer to nature.

 Honoring the fleeting nature of time (Leia speaking)  While living in big cities we didn’t get the same sense of time or seasons like we do here in New Mexico. We had an overabundance of everything, at all times. We wanted to make a shift toward a more limited, yet realistic connection to resources. Though a daunting endeavor, we found that instead of fearing the “death of a cycle” by surrounding ourselves with overabundance…we were now able to celebrate each season as they came and went. With / Shed, we honor the fleeting nature of time through food and our process.

Honoring the fleeting nature of time (Leia speaking)

While living in big cities we didn’t get the same sense of time or seasons like we do here in New Mexico. We had an overabundance of everything, at all times. We wanted to make a shift toward a more limited, yet realistic connection to resources. Though a daunting endeavor, we found that instead of fearing the “death of a cycle” by surrounding ourselves with overabundance…we were now able to celebrate each season as they came and went. With / Shed, we honor the fleeting nature of time through food and our process.

 Blue corn and its husks | cedar ash | native plum (Johnny speaking)  Here is a dish that is inspired by my childhood growing up at the pueblo. I would go to my friend’s home and his mom would always make us blue corn atole with cedar ash and honey- sometimes bear fat is include. The wild plums from the surrounding area are picked and dried for use in the winter. In this case we cooked these dried plums with honey and a piece of native licorice root, wrapped inside of blue corn masa ground by us on a stone grinder from Acoma pueblo, with cedar ash, steamed inside of it's corns husks.

Blue corn and its husks | cedar ash | native plum (Johnny speaking)

Here is a dish that is inspired by my childhood growing up at the pueblo. I would go to my friend’s home and his mom would always make us blue corn atole with cedar ash and honey- sometimes bear fat is include. The wild plums from the surrounding area are picked and dried for use in the winter. In this case we cooked these dried plums with honey and a piece of native licorice root, wrapped inside of blue corn masa ground by us on a stone grinder from Acoma pueblo, with cedar ash, steamed inside of it's corns husks.

 Wild berries | flowers | white corn meal (Johnny speaking)  This dish is a great example of the fleeting nature of time. 7 or so wild berries, mountain strawberries, mountain raspberries, bear berries, chokecherries, wax currant, wild plum, gooseberry. With flowers from the land we live on and a sauce made of white corn and three leaf sumac berry. (Due to the brief peak season of these ingredients) we were only able to serve this dish to two or three dinners. 

Wild berries | flowers | white corn meal (Johnny speaking)

This dish is a great example of the fleeting nature of time. 7 or so wild berries, mountain strawberries, mountain raspberries, bear berries, chokecherries, wax currant, wild plum, gooseberry. With flowers from the land we live on and a sauce made of white corn and three leaf sumac berry. (Due to the brief peak season of these ingredients) we were only able to serve this dish to two or three dinners. 

 Local / Natural wines (Leia)  Wine is an integral part of our dinner ceremony. I worked in restaurants in California for nearly a decade and almost went the route of exploring the wine world as a Sommelier. Although I realized that the lifestyle was not for me, I still love and appreciate wine. We serve a pairing of beverages for each dinner, influenced by the time of year, the menu, and what mood we are in. We do our best to choose wines that are either grown here, bottled here, or made through natural methods. (Oh! And of course taste great!) If any of our guests prefer non-alcoholic drinks, we always provide a naturally fermented soda we’ve made, using honey, water, and various plants. 

Local / Natural wines (Leia)

Wine is an integral part of our dinner ceremony. I worked in restaurants in California for nearly a decade and almost went the route of exploring the wine world as a Sommelier. Although I realized that the lifestyle was not for me, I still love and appreciate wine. We serve a pairing of beverages for each dinner, influenced by the time of year, the menu, and what mood we are in. We do our best to choose wines that are either grown here, bottled here, or made through natural methods. (Oh! And of course taste great!) If any of our guests prefer non-alcoholic drinks, we always provide a naturally fermented soda we’ve made, using honey, water, and various plants. 

 Exploring our landscapes (Johnny speaking)  In it’s most condensed form, / Shed is an exploration and expression of our landscapes we inhabit. We are continuously in awe of where we live and it’s rich landscapes. The more we can get out to explore, the more creative and in tune we become. And through the dinners share that with you.

Exploring our landscapes (Johnny speaking)

In it’s most condensed form, / Shed is an exploration and expression of our landscapes we inhabit. We are continuously in awe of where we live and it’s rich landscapes. The more we can get out to explore, the more creative and in tune we become. And through the dinners share that with you.

 The process (Leia speaking)  The process involved in getting one dinner together is immense. Warranting not only days or weeks to prepare but months and sometimes years. Which is interesting because once you are seated at the dinner table that all is second thought. However the process is arguably the most important part, because of this we try and share as much as we can through our website and Instagram page. 

The process (Leia speaking)

The process involved in getting one dinner together is immense. Warranting not only days or weeks to prepare but months and sometimes years. Which is interesting because once you are seated at the dinner table that all is second thought. However the process is arguably the most important part, because of this we try and share as much as we can through our website and Instagram page. 

 Digging and processing our own clay (Johnny speaking)  We try to get involved with everything that goes into a dinner. One of which is the plates our food is served on. We dig and process all of our own clay and make our own vessels to serve our food on.  

Digging and processing our own clay (Johnny speaking)

We try to get involved with everything that goes into a dinner. One of which is the plates our food is served on. We dig and process all of our own clay and make our own vessels to serve our food on.  

 Shaping earth (Johnny speaking)  We use primarily the magical micaceous clay found in most native cultures around  New Mexico. The particular clay we use is from a pit that has been used by Taos Pueblo for a long time.

Shaping earth (Johnny speaking)

We use primarily the magical micaceous clay found in most native cultures around  New Mexico. The particular clay we use is from a pit that has been used by Taos Pueblo for a long time.

 Carrying on traditions (Johnny speaking)  There is this magic of doing things the way your ancestors did them. A way of connecting to these people and times that are slipping from our lives. All of the vessels are fired in a pit, with cedar from the woods near by, done in the old ways.

Carrying on traditions (Johnny speaking)

There is this magic of doing things the way your ancestors did them. A way of connecting to these people and times that are slipping from our lives. All of the vessels are fired in a pit, with cedar from the woods near by, done in the old ways.

 Primitive tools (Johnny speaking)  Another magic is the transference of energy between what we make and how its made. Using primitive tools is often times more difficult, with a higher probability of damage but an incomparable satisfaction. We use old stone grinders from various pueblos, my great grandmothers mixing trawl, my fathers old shovels, sandstone rocks to sand the vessels. We are by no means perfect in this. But we are always trying, and still learning. As time goes on our plans are to get more in touch with these primitive tools.

Primitive tools (Johnny speaking)

Another magic is the transference of energy between what we make and how its made. Using primitive tools is often times more difficult, with a higher probability of damage but an incomparable satisfaction. We use old stone grinders from various pueblos, my great grandmothers mixing trawl, my fathers old shovels, sandstone rocks to sand the vessels. We are by no means perfect in this. But we are always trying, and still learning. As time goes on our plans are to get more in touch with these primitive tools.

 Foraging (Leia speaking)  It wasn’t too long ago that humans survived by means of their own ability to hunt and gather food. Now we easily can stop by the store for anything you could want. From this stemmed challenging issues affecting environment, diet, disconnect from nature. By foraging our our own food we are able to honor the plants in their most pure state, full of life. 

Foraging (Leia speaking)

It wasn’t too long ago that humans survived by means of their own ability to hunt and gather food. Now we easily can stop by the store for anything you could want. From this stemmed challenging issues affecting environment, diet, disconnect from nature. By foraging our our own food we are able to honor the plants in their most pure state, full of life. 

 Plants as medicine (Leia speaking)  Because plants are continuously growing they are exerting and receiving energy. We pick the plants at specific stages to honor that. Our food, like many things, is medicine. Imagine Plants as Medicine, that have been used for generations,  and then paired with smiles & laughter over a dinner table of good friends and community.

Plants as medicine (Leia speaking)

Because plants are continuously growing they are exerting and receiving energy. We pick the plants at specific stages to honor that. Our food, like many things, is medicine. Imagine Plants as Medicine, that have been used for generations,  and then paired with smiles & laughter over a dinner table of good friends and community.

 Endemic plants (Johnny speaks)  New Mexico has the most diverse array of edible food plants in the country. We have mountains, valleys, the desert, canyons, rivers, lakes, just to mention a few. We are able to harvest and cook with plants that tell a story about where we live, but they are unfortunately they being slowly forgotten. What a beautiful task to keep them going. 

Endemic plants (Johnny speaks)

New Mexico has the most diverse array of edible food plants in the country. We have mountains, valleys, the desert, canyons, rivers, lakes, just to mention a few. We are able to harvest and cook with plants that tell a story about where we live, but they are unfortunately they being slowly forgotten. What a beautiful task to keep them going. 

 Working more naturally (Leia speaking)  Nature is at time unruly, unforgiving and intense, but always at the same time balanced and abundant. A goal with everything we do is how do we do this more naturally. It isn’t always easy, but we’ve been learning so much from it.

Working more naturally (Leia speaking)

Nature is at time unruly, unforgiving and intense, but always at the same time balanced and abundant. A goal with everything we do is how do we do this more naturally. It isn’t always easy, but we’ve been learning so much from it.

 Living with animals (Johnny speaking )  Animals are essential to the balance of things. Without them the land we inhabit would be unbalanced. We live with landrace churro sheep, chickens, guinea hen, cats and dogs. Not to mention our visitors of elk, deer, duck, geese, turkey,  beavers, gophers, coyotes, lynx, eagles and crows. All these animals have their own purpose and distinct contribution to our environment. They all also have a lot to teach us.

Living with animals (Johnny speaking )

Animals are essential to the balance of things. Without them the land we inhabit would be unbalanced. We live with landrace churro sheep, chickens, guinea hen, cats and dogs. Not to mention our visitors of elk, deer, duck, geese, turkey,  beavers, gophers, coyotes, lynx, eagles and crows. All these animals have their own purpose and distinct contribution to our environment. They all also have a lot to teach us.

 Growing our own food (Johnny speaking)  Growing our own food is so important to us, so is supporting growers around us, but by cooking food for people we have a duty to have the food that will nurture the most. By having that right at our doorstep we are able to cook the best food we can. Transferring the love and passion for these things through the food in every way possible.

Growing our own food (Johnny speaking)

Growing our own food is so important to us, so is supporting growers around us, but by cooking food for people we have a duty to have the food that will nurture the most. By having that right at our doorstep we are able to cook the best food we can. Transferring the love and passion for these things through the food in every way possible.

 Our own quiet revolution (Leia and Johnny speaking)  We all have different things that light us up. Goals and ideals. / Shed is the practice in that we, you, anyone can start a quiet revolution, to actively vote not with our words but with our actions in shaping the world in a way that we would like to see it.  Thank you all for being here to listen to and to support all these amazing people in our community, who are in their own way also starting quiet revolutions. We are so grateful to be included in it. Thank you!

Our own quiet revolution (Leia and Johnny speaking)

We all have different things that light us up. Goals and ideals. / Shed is the practice in that we, you, anyone can start a quiet revolution, to actively vote not with our words but with our actions in shaping the world in a way that we would like to see it.

Thank you all for being here to listen to and to support all these amazing people in our community, who are in their own way also starting quiet revolutions. We are so grateful to be included in it. Thank you!