Tag Archives: collaborative research

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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skateboard learning

Check this out. Everything you need to know, you can learn from skateboarding. I have worked on my farm with skateboarders. My son-in-law and some of his friends are skateboarders.  Skateboarders are amazing, creative, and bright people. I once interviewed two … Continue reading

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an irrigation tower for drylands gardening, part 2, and some drought thoughts

Here’s the latest. Saturday, March 22, we met and continued work on our gravity-fed irrigation “tower.” The frame for our prototype tower was built. We repurposed some wood that was here at the farm and we bought a few 2x4s … Continue reading

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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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Different field. Same old thing.

The author, who has been an adjunct art professor at the college level for 22 years says: “The College Art Association and others like it should be worried. With 75% of the college and university teaching force in the US … Continue reading

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Margaret Mary Vojtko and me

Recently, a longtime adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University died after suffering a heart attack. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, Margaret Mary Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits. She was not even earning $25,000 … Continue reading

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What led me to the life academic…

Long list.  Long. 1. A natural love of research (just curiosity, enacted, really), stretching back to childhood. “Dad, will you drive me to the library?” Eventually, the librarians began to know me, my father would leave me there, setting a … 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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Ag Refrain Part III

I’ve learned that first of all, that being present in the field (the field in this case being the land around me), becoming aware of what is really happening, being quiet and listening, watching, and engaging all of my senses … Continue reading

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Ag Refrain Part I

This land is marginal for growing and somewhat less marginal for raising a few stock animals. A gardener/farmer can be somewhat more productive in the short run by employing chemical tactics. A very mindful intensive gardener/farmer or rancher may be … Continue reading

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