It’s been CRAZY here in the Joshua Tree desert. Farmers are clearing entire square miles of Joshua Tree forest for almonds and other fruit and nut trees. They’re using the water in our aquifers without any well monitoring, they clear-cut without any environmental review and they destroy one of the most beautiful Joshua Tree forests anywhere.
So I’ve attended water meetings and I’m working with groups to stop not only the Joshua Tree massacre, but also the exploitation of our very limited water resources. Incredibly, they are growing alfalfa in the middle of the desert!
I’ve been struggling to recover from many rain and wind storms, fixing washouts and fences. Lived here since 2000 and have never experienced a winter with so much rain and clouds.
Finally we’re getting ready for some serious planting and transplanting. Today we started with planting a rescue Joshua Tree. We hope it will live!
My neighbor Patty just harvested their sweet potatoes:
This picture was taken on 10/10 when a red racer was racing through their garden. They have been harvesting lots of tomatoes and Patty has been canning. I’ve been enjoying their extra eggplant and peppers.
It’s incredible that it’s mid November and their tomatoes are STILL loaded!
Pete and Patty are currently building a little greenhouse and an aquaponics system. They also planted fruit trees and I just love to see retirees do more than watch TV.
I realize that secession is unlikely, but if the West Coast was to secede, I think I’d be moving! As much as I love Arizona and especially the Joshua Tree desert, the many tourist and Muslim hating right wingers and the absence of any appreciation of “good” food in Mohave County is starting to frustrate me. All our supervisors are Republicans, do-nothing corporate shills, supporting idiotic ideas like uranium mining and ruthless corporate farmers plundering our water and clearing the desert of established Joshua Tree forests with trees literally hundreds of years old.
No place is perfect, but it sure is good to see that there are still people who care in other parts of the country:
… Sonoma joins five other California counties that have already passed bans on transgenic crops: Mendocino, Marin, Trinity, Humboldt and Santa Cruz.
Proponents say the ban is necessary to protect the county’s organic fields from cross-pollination. …
(Law360, Los Angeles (November 2, 2016, 10:45 PM EDT) — A Washington state judge slapped the Grocery Manufacturers Association with a record $18 million fine Wednesday for violating campaign finance laws while fighting a GMO labeling ballot initiative, levying what state prosecutors say is the highest campaign finance penalty in U.S. history.
The court previously found that the Grocery Manufacturers Association unlawfully hid the names of contributors to its account funding opposition to Initiative 522, a 2013 ballot measure requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, and that the group failed to file required disclosure forms….
They got a slap on the wrist.
The Organic Trade Organization also sold out to the biotech industry and SUPPORTED the DARK Act.
Right now I’m getting the light green Armenian Cucumbers. I had ordered seeds for the DARK green striped variety this year, but apparently also planted some of last year’s seeds. I prefer the dark green variety because it looks more like a cucumber and it is smooth — easier to clean and/or peel. I think they taste the same and it’s just a visual thing.
Armenian cucumbers are actually MELONS, so people who can’t eat cukes might well be able to eat these guys.
I don’t grow “real” cucumbers anymore because they’d get bitter and I got so tired of tasting, spitting, peeling, … repeat …
I haven’t had many tomatoes yet. Some plants died from sudden death syndrome and one actually died after a tomato worm attack. That’s never happened before, but I’ve been so busy, missed a day of checking for worms and the plant was so leafless, it died.
I still have 3 or 4 peace vine tomato plants going and I’ve eaten a few tomatoes as they got ripe while watering. Am hoping for a lot more tomatoes in fall when it cools off.
Southern Giant Curled Mustard
I just started eating it and it is HOT! Let me know if you’d like some.
LIMITED supply for sale.
If you’re local and you’d like to buy squash or Armenian cucumbers, please contact me. I’m in Meadview at the Collectors Corner Sundays 1 – 4 pm and if you’re in LMC or Unit 6 or 7 we could meet up out here or you could come by.
We do not use any herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Everything is organically grown in OMRI listed / native soil.
Zucchini / squash are $1.50 ea or 4 for $5 Armenian cucumbers are $2.50 each. Southern Giant Curled Mustard is free with purchase, just let me know if you want some.
Please call me at 564-2642 or email email@example.com.