Growing food in a hotter drier land

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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty by Gary Paul Nabhan

How to harvest water and nutrients, select drought-tolerant plants, and create natural diversity

Because climatic uncertainty has now become the new normal, many farmers, gardeners and orchard-keepers in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt their food production to become more resilient in the face of such global weirding. This book draws upon the wisdom and technical knowledge from desert farming traditions all around the world to offer time-tried strategies for:





Building greater moisture-holding capacity and nutrients in soils

Protecting fields from damaging winds, drought, and floods

Harvesting water from uplands to use in rain gardens and terraces filled with perennial crops

Delecting fruits, nuts, succulents, and herbaceous perennials that are best suited to warmer, drier climates

Gary Paul Nabhan is one of the worlds experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands. For this book he has visited indigenous and traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America, to learn firsthand their techniques and designs aimed at reducing heat and drought stress on orchards, fields, and dooryard gardens. This practical book also includes colorful parables from the field that exemplify how desert farmers think about increasing the carrying capacity and resilience of the lands and waters they steward. It is replete with detailed descriptions and diagrams of how to implement these desert-adapted practices in your own backyard, orchard, or farm.

This unique book is useful not only for farmers and permaculturists in the arid reaches of the Southwest or other desert regions. Its techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and the U.S. Southwest and adjacent regions of Mexico.
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Growing Food in Hotter, Drier Land

How to harvest water and nutrients, select drought-tolerant plants, and create natural diversity. For this book he has visited indigenous and traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America, to learn firsthand their techniques and designs aimed at reducing heat and drought stress on orchards, fields, and dooryard gardens. It is replete with detailed descriptions and diagrams of how to implement these desert-adapted practices in your own backyard, orchard, or farm. This unique book is useful not only for farmers and permaculturists in the arid reaches of the Southwest or other desert regions. Its techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and the U. Southwest and adjacent regions of Mexico. This information, which includes detailed instructions and lists of plants and pollinators, will undoubtedly be useful to farmers and gardeners facing more volatile weather patterns.

Jump to navigation. Whilst the title may not immediately grab the attention of a UK-based reader, the subtitle Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty should. If I am honest I was hooked on reading this book from the very beginning. However the book is about more than just a vision. The author stresses early on the need to take right action, rather than just acquiring appropriate knowledge, and that is perhaps the best way to approach reading the book.

Getting free books once in a while is one of the perks of blogging. This book, though, I would lay down cash for in a heartbeat. At the time I made the request, I merely though it would be an interesting read. In the wake of the Age of Limits Conference, and my subsequent reading about climate change—and the depression that resulted from that—its fortuitous arrival this week has given me much to think about, as well as a much needed infusion of hope. This is a doomer term for any practice or philosophy that would give us false hope, or perhaps any hope at all. This hot, dry future is not limited to already hot dry places, like Los Angeles. He points to recent droughts in places which usually receive generous rainfall.

Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

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