Tag Archives: sustainable agriculture

figs and other warm weather plants in the high desert

I realized recently that I’m finally thinking like a desert gardener/farmer. Maybe I should say thinking more like one. You can’t grow any kind of garden out here without altering your thinking about gardens somewhat and rapidly. I began to … Continue reading

Posted in agroecology, ethnobotany, Nature, sustainable agriculture | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in agroecology, climate change, community, dryland restoration, Nature, resilience, socioecological intelligence, sustainability education, sustainable agriculture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in agroecology, community, dryland restoration, resilience, socioecological intelligence, sustainability education, sustainable agriculture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in agroecology, climate change, education, fire season, Nature, resilience, socioecological intelligence, sustainability education, sustainable agriculture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Back home tonight

I missed this place when I was on the way back home. Sometimes when I was married and I had to go away, or even if I went away with the ex or with part of the family, I actually … Continue reading

Posted in agroecology, ethnobotany, family, Life changes, Nature | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weeds and more (much more, in fact, really long)

Erodium cicutarium, usually known as red-stemmed filaree or common stork’s-bill, is native to the Mediterranean region and was introduced to California in the eighteenth century. There is archaeological evidence for the presence of red-stemmed filaree in adobe bricks from the … Continue reading

Posted in agroecology, Anthropology, climate change, ethnobotany, family, Nature, resilience, sustainable agriculture, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

On Fukuoka

  “I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people … Continue reading

Posted in agroecology, family, Nature, resilience, spiritual ecologies, sustainable agriculture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment