Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty
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." More...
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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; andselecting fruits, nuts, succulents, and herbaceous perennials that are best suited to warmer, drier climates.Gary Paul Nabhan is one of the world's 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.
He is a prize-winning author & naturalist, lives in Tucson, where he is director of conservation biology at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & cofounder of Native Seeds/Search.
Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030
|Introduction: Wasteland or Food-Producing Oasis? A Time to Choose|
|Getting a Grip on Climate Change: Crossing the Threshold into Chronic Climatic Disruption of Food Security|
|Seeking Inspiration and Solutions from the Time-Tried Strategies Found in the World's Deserts|
|Will Harvest Rain and Organic Matter for Food: Catching Runoff as Conventionally Irrigated Agriculture Collapses|
|Bringing Water Home to the Root Zone: Getting More Efficient at Irrigation Delivery|
|Breaking the Fever: Reducing Heat Stress in Crops and Livestock|
|Increasing the Moisture-Holding Capacity and Microbial Diversity of Food-Producing Soils|
|Forming a Fruit and Nut Guild That Can Take the Heat|
|When Terraces Are Edged with Succulents and Herbaceous Perennials|
|Getting Out of the Drought: Intercropping Quick-Maturing Vegetables and Grains in Placed-Based Polycultures|
|Getting in Sync: Keeping Pollinators in Pace and in Place with Arid-Adapted Crop Plants|
|Afterword: Creating Your Own Sowing Circle: A Resilient Food System Takes More than a Farm|