The Learning Collaborative

The Rainshadow Farm Collaborative Group began forming around the farm in November, 2010, as a collaborative curriculum planning group for local farm pedagogy. Within less than a year, the group became a support for the farm and a community group for learning about drylands farming and other socioecological intelligences. Many of the Group consisted of students from the community college where I teach; however, students from other California colleges and universities and non-student community members were also frequently present. The Group was ethnically diverse, intergenerational, and varied in gender, backgrounds, and socioeconomic status. These are people who have presented themselves to me with an inherent interest in the desert landscape, gardening and otherwise raising food in the desert; interests in food justice; and interest in the state of contemporary education in the United States. We all ended by working together to find ways to create community workshops (which we sometimes called “learning ecologies”) and, maybe more importantly, ways to forge sustainable friendships and reach out for sustainable lifeways and social justice across our larger community, the Victor Valley. What is locally called the Victor Valley, after Victorville the largest city in the region, is actually the watershed of the Mojave River. The Mojave River is one of those rare rivers that flows from the south to the north as it makes its way from the San Bernardino Mountains through the southwestern Mojave Desert, to finally sink into desert sands nearly 120 miles from its headwaters.

 

Lower Arrastre Creek, Marianas

Lower Arrastre Creek, Marianas

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About rainshadowfarm

I teach anthropology, am an archaeologist, a drylands agroecologist, community educator, and a mother of eight. I currently own and operate an educational and research farm in the southern Mojave Desert, Rainshadow Farm. I'm 100% West Virginia hillbilly. Not necessarily in that order.
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