Category Archives: socioecological intelligence

an irrigation tower for drylands gardening

One of the new farm day participants (but someone who has been following our work for a long time) has initiated a new project. We began construction on Saturday. At Rainshadow Farm, we have hand-watered from the get-go. We do … Continue reading

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storm watch

It’s raining here. That’s good news, at least for the time being. California is experiencing a serious drought. Our reservoirs are appallingly low. Our population is high. We are certainly overpopulated for the amount of water we have available, even … Continue reading

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backyards are the beginning…

Backyards are the beginning of a bioregion for a child. My backyard (and my front yard too, for that matter) in a rust belt city held all the wonders that helped make me the person I am today. Nature helped … Continue reading

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ripple effect for developing a sense of belonging

More to follow….

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official, unofficial, whatever

I took the “Institute” out of my blog’s name. A while back, a year or two, maybe, I put it in there, probably unnoticed. That’s what this place where I live is officially called. Rainshadow Farm Institute. On my unfinished … Continue reading

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Beta professionals

I’m a beta professional, lumped in with teaching assistants and administrative assistants (certainly not for my department; we have no administrative assistant and never  had one). I’m not a “full-fledged professor,” whatever that means. Obviously, it means I’m not tenured, but … Continue reading

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What Rainshadow Farm Has Done for Members

100% say the program at Rainshadow Farm changed or enhanced their attitudes about food, sustainable drylands agriculture, and sustainable food systems. 100% say they care more about where their food comes from now. 80% either are now or plan to … Continue reading

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