Category Archives: agroecology

saga of the water leak, part 1

We’ve got a drought-time water leak saga happening here at Rainshadow Farm. Life was going on as usual around here a week ago, with a lot of my own angsting about whether or not to sell RSF and when and … Continue reading

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edge of transformation

Climate change is rearranging our seasons here in the high desert. Maybe our autumns are lasting longer. Spring and summer are merging into a short spring and a longer summer. I can’t say that summer is hotter, but it’s longer … Continue reading

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thoughts on gardening in a desert in drought

Today I gathered and spread pine needle mulch for some of my plants that are surviving drought-in-the-desert. Pine needle mulch helps the soil in some places in my yard retain moisture, protects plants and their roots from the intense sunlight, … Continue reading

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farming the desert?

No. Not really. Yesterday I received a couple of messages on Facebook about “farming the desert.” I think it may have been because I have been posting internet links concerning California’s current and long-lasting drought. More than one inquiry that … Continue reading

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observe and interact

Nearly a year ago, I said I was going to write about permaculture design principles on the farm and in my life. It’s taken me a while because life can eat us up. I’ve been continuing to think about it, … Continue reading

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emergency…

I’ve been dealing with my own food issues lately, along with body/mind stuff. I seem to be heading into a perfect storm of autoimmune issues along with the usual health-related matters I sometimes discuss here. More on that another time. … Continue reading

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drought in the desert

The very dry summer of 2014 has turned into the dry fall of 2014. It’s the desert, it’s supposed to be dry, they say. When you’ve lived in the high desert for decades, you begin to think in terms of … Continue reading

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of wild grapes

Trying a new grape in the back. It’s called Roger’s Red. It’s a hybrid between California wild grape (Vitis californica) and our everyday grape of commerce (Vitis vinifera). I have already planted the wonderful Mojave wild grape (Vitis girdiana). It … Continue reading

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“composing a life”

I’ve begun to write about applying permaculture design principles not only to gardenspaces, but also to the lives we lead outside of our gardens. The first thing that occurred to me was that people do this all of the time. … Continue reading

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leaning toward permaculture ideals

Modern permaculture was inspired by Chinese-derived wet-rice and tree-crop systems employed in Southeast Asia, which remain reasonable models of sustainability. Southern China, on the whole, has done less ecological damage in 8,000 years of agricultural history than Western practices have … Continue reading

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