4 Replies to “PICTURES: A stunning high desert permaculture garden and orchard”

  1. Hi Christine,
    I’m a Permie and a Founding member of Transition Joshua Tree. Also a professor at UC Riverside. I’m on sabbatical for the next 9 months and plan on connecting with and visiting drylands permaculture sites in the Southwest. Wondering if you have an recommendations for places to go and people to talk with. Thanks.!

  2. Hi Jill,
    Wish I had a list of places around here, but we’re pretty much the only permaculture people withing 200 miles that I know of, other than Jan’s garden and she isn’t even a permie.
    Of course I’d love to have you visit here and I don’t know whether you are aware that we have a denser Joshua Tree forest than the National Monument in California.
    Depending on how much rain we get, we might get some flowering Joshies as in the logo (my driveway) at http://highdesertdirt.com/ as well as lots of wild flowers.
    Mid April to mid May is usually the best time to visit, although you never know what the weather will be like. We could go boating on Lake Mead, go up to the mesa (Grand Canyon West) and I’ll be happy to show you what I’ve got going here, off the grid, building with adobe, hoophouse, greenhouse, mini swales and we’ll see how many trees survived the recent cold spell.
    Just spent some time at Transition Joshua Tree (again!) and I wish I wasn’t so busy, haven’t done much posting here lately and need to update this site with links.
    Today we finally moved our farmstand:
    Being in a retirement community, I decided that it’s time to bring in some GOOD food and I’d LOVE to get some organic fresh produce and fruit from California or southern Arizona to sell here. If you have any sources, please let me know!
    Of course we also hope to be selling lots of food grown by our gardening club members.
    Please feel free to send me an email to christine @ highdesertpermaculture.org and I hope you consider visiting!

  3. Reno, Nevada has some real great little permaculture food forests. All still young, but great none the less. Loping Coyote, Steppe One Farm and River School off the top of my head.

    1. Reno is much colder than our area and gets a lot more rain and snow. We’re looking for cuttings and I wonder if they have some berries and trees that would do well here.
      Checked out http://www.rtpermaculture.org/?page_id=17 and they do have a lot of the same plants, but somewhat pricy. We don’t get $5 for herbs a 3″ or 4″ pot. And we are starting a plant / cutting exchange to make permaculture a lot more affordable.
      Still have to check out the other farms, always enjoy seeing what others are doing!

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