Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty
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Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
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 More...
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 More...
|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|
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