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

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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; and
  • selecting 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.

Review:

"Nabhan, an ethnobotanist, cofounder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, and prolific author, draws on his longtime relationships with the land and people of the Southwest U.S., together with wisdom from farmers and gardeners in Egypt, Mexico, and other dry places, to suggest solutions for growing food and developing agricultural resiliency as climate change affects wider swaths of the planet. He discusses using hedge fences (he calls them 'fredges') to minimize flood damage; choosing ancient and traditional methods for water management; soil building using local materials; terracing for fertility and erosion control; creating polycultures with perennials and drought-hardy plants; and attracting and supporting native pollinators. 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. Their spirits may lift as well with the book's somber but hopeful poetic tone, exemplified by Moroccan Sufi mystic and farmer Aziz Bousfiha, who is working to transform deserts into living oases: 'It's not just activism I am talking about... I am talking about something larger, deeper: participating in the creation — for that is the... expression of our love.' (June 20)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Gary Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona, as well as the permaculture designer and orchard-keeper of Almuniya de los Zopilotes Experimental Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the local-food movement and grassroots seed conservation, Nabhan was honored by Utne Reader in 2011 as one of twelve people making the world a better place to live. A recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, his twenty-four books have been translated into six languages.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part One: Seeking Solutions by Building on Time-Tested Knowledge

Ch. 1: The Wisdom of the Desert

Ch. 2: The Wisdom of Native Farming Cultures

Part Two: Designing Agro-Habitats That Are Climate-Friendly and Resilient

Ch. 3: Designing Water Harvesting Systems for Food Production

Ch. 4: Designing Desert-Adapted Polycultures

Ch. 5: The Best Perennials to Grow

Ch. 6: The Best Annuals to Grow

Ch. 7: Succulents and Geophytes

Part Three: Diversity Reduces Uncertainty in Food Production

Ch. 8: Integrating Stress-Tolerant Microbes into the Design

Ch. 9: Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Ch. 10: Heat-Tolerant Farm Animals

Part Four: Reducing Post-Harvest Greenhouse Emissions

Ch. 11: Direct Marketing, Food Hubs, and Green Energy

Ch. 12: On-Farm Processing and Recycling

Afterword: Visions for the Future (Desert Fruitopias)

Appendices

A. List of Low Winter Chill Fruits

B. List of Short-Cycle Annuals

C. List of Succulents and Geophytes

D. Other Bio-Resources for Desert Climes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781603584531
Author:
Nabhan, Gary Paul
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Subject:
Agriculture-Sustainable Living
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Nabhan, an ethnobotanist, cofounder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, and prolific author, draws on his longtime relationships with the land and people of the Southwest U.S., together with wisdom from farmers and gardeners in Egypt, Mexico, and other dry places, to suggest solutions for growing food and developing agricultural resiliency as climate change affects wider swaths of the planet. He discusses using hedge fences (he calls them 'fredges') to minimize flood damage; choosing ancient and traditional methods for water management; soil building using local materials; terracing for fertility and erosion control; creating polycultures with perennials and drought-hardy plants; and attracting and supporting native pollinators. 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. Their spirits may lift as well with the book's somber but hopeful poetic tone, exemplified by Moroccan Sufi mystic and farmer Aziz Bousfiha, who is working to transform deserts into living oases: 'It's not just activism I am talking about... I am talking about something larger, deeper: participating in the creation — for that is the... expression of our love.' (June 20)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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