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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land


Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

By Gary Paul Nabhan
Chelsea Green

Excerpt from publisher:

With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door.

In Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of 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 offer time-tried strategies, including:

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February 5, 2015   Comments Off on Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

31 Days of Urban Agriculture

Hand cut Linoleum Block Print Set and Chapbook of Essays telling the story of the vibrant opportunities in urban agriculture.

By Lindsay Curren
Kickstarter campaign
August 2014


Combining my lifelong love of poster design — or to use the old school word, broadsides — with typography and images, I’m designing, cutting, and printing 31 original art pieces to tell the story of urban agriculture in a simple, accessible way. Really, it’s a story of beauty and the beast. First, there are the beauties — from bees and apple trees on Main Streets to farmers markets right downtown, and even DIY screens made of hops vines on the balconies of home brewers. And then there are the beasts, especially the danger of neighborhood food deserts and food insecurity that so many urban families face in today’s economy.

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August 14, 2014   Comments Off on 31 Days of Urban Agriculture

How To Find A Food Desert Near You


Food deserts mapped from coast to coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

By Nancy Shute
March 13, 2013


Want to know where you can’t buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you.

The feds’ new Food Access Research Atlas lets you find out just where it’s difficult to buy broccoli or bananas in counties across the U.S. Forget walking to the store in St. Louis, Minn., where most people live more than a mile from a grocery store. Ditto for Hyde, N.C., and Pushmataha, Okla.

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March 14, 2013   Comments Off on How To Find A Food Desert Near You

In Arabic and English – Web Site for Urban Agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa


“Agriculture activities have been receding for many years now in most of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) cities thus its main functions are being hindered. Despite the negative pressures, crop cultivation and animal husbandry remain common throughout the region’s cities. Fertile agricultural areas are still considerable and are expected to remain productive for years to come. Urban agriculture in the MENA countries is at present a highly diverse and widespread activity, yet it still suffers from lack of recognition form the planners, agriculturists, policy-makers, researchers and even by its practitioners.”

Link to ‘Urban Agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa’ Web Site here.

August 11, 2008   Comments Off on In Arabic and English – Web Site for Urban Agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa

A Keyhole Garden for Households in Africa

Photo from ‘Cowfiles African Gardens’.

From: ‘Ideas that will catch on here.’
July 12, 2008, BBC

“Another fantastic idea I picked up – which could make its way onto my allotment before long – is the keyhole veg bed. This is a raised bed with bells on: it’s about 1m (3’6”) high, and the outer bed, where the vegetables are growing, slopes down from a central hollow column. There’s an access path to the column (giving the bed a “keyhole” shape viewed from above) and inside it is what amounts to a compost bin, held in with hessian: you fill it with kitchen waste, stable manure, grass clippings – whatever you’d put on your compost heap.

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August 6, 2008   3 Comments

Your Seeds for Small Family Gardens in Desertified Area


Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem, Honorary Professor University of Ghent (Belgium), has set up a wonderful program to help people in desertified regions.

“In every village of the developing countries where we have constructed family gardens and school gardens in the past, there is now less risk of famine. Indeed, we have shown the people and the children how to produce their own vegetables and fruit trees with a combination of traditional methods and modern technologies, e.g. soil conditioning to keep a garden soil moistened with a minimum of irrigation water. Such things are never forgotten, even if these people move to urban areas, where they will try to set up a tiny little garden.”

“That is the reason why I make this appeal upon you : please help us to collect seeds of vegetables and tropical fruits that can be grown in family gardens and school gardens in desertified regions.”

Read more here.

January 21, 2008   Comments Off on Your Seeds for Small Family Gardens in Desertified Area