Checkin’ In: Green Girl Wendy Tremayne

Energy & Sustainability Gardening
Checkin’ In: Green Girl Wendy Tremayne

Wendy Tremayne has graced the pages of CRAFT magazine since Volume 02 with her column Re: Fitted, exploring a different instance of creative reuse or green art in each installment. In Volume 03, she showed us how to use nature’s bounty to create natural boundaries, like this fence:
And in Volume 06, she introduced us to Andrew Martinez’ clever conversion of an old Coleman camp stove to a crafty medicine cabinet:
We caught up with Wendy, who is currently renovating an RV park into a 100% reuse, off-grid B&B in Truth or Consequences, N.M. When I asked her what she’s been creating lately, and this is what she wrote:
“It’s planting time in New Mexico and I grow a good percentage of my food so it’s really been a week of garden stuff. Here’s what I did this week:
Built 4 garden beds: approximately 4×10 made out of scrap wood:”
“Built a wind and shade fence out of found salt cedar and cattle guard to protect new incoming blueberry bushes.
Made gates for a fence out of found metal frames that I filled with chicken wire and then ran salt cedar through the wire.
Also made some fencing to keep my new dog in the yard. Regarding the dog: I adopted a dog who was born in a shelter and has been there for three years! Awwwww. [Sesame is in the picture at the top of the post with Wendy.]
Planted: 2 types of bamboo, 10 asparagus roots, 40 strawberries, 2 blueberry bushes, 2 olive trees, an evergreen, and started seedlings of corn, bean, peas, poppies, sunflowers, squash, pumpkin, and chard.”
“I re-plumbed my water spickets because they were all leaking.”
“I welded a bunch of supports, which will be the bathroom of a dome I’m building. The dome will be a guest house made of ferro-cement with a papercrete infill. It’ll be 350 square feet.”
“I learned how to use my new sling shot.”
“And I learned how to make homemade pasta from scratch. Yummmmm!
Though this may sound insane, this has been a pretty typical week. Whew, I’m so tired just thinking about it!”
Thanks, Wendy! Did we mention that Wendy is also the founder of the famous Swap-O-Rama-Rama?! Keep up with Wendy on her site,, and on the blog for Holy Scrap Hot Springs.
And pick up all the fabulous back issues of CRAFT at the Maker Shed!

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