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THE VALUE OF MICRO-CLIMATES: Purple-Plum-Sauce Tree

Japanese Plum Blossoms. Careful Siting Against a Thermal Mass Wall Makes Fruit Possible.

If it wasn’t for the old West-facing stone retaining wall, and the 10 foot drop to the street, fruit from this Japanese Santa Rosa plum would never grace our breakfast table. It was a deliberate choice to site the tree […]

KPUP Sustainability

KPUP: Sustainability with Carolyn Shafer, May 6, 2009

August Workshop in N. San Diego County

A NEW ENERGY FRONTIER coming soon

News Flash:

Biomimicry at its best! Inspired by plant processes, scientists are working toward creating home scale power generating systems.

Learning How Plants Split Water to Utilize Solar Energy Inspires Scientists in the Generation of Power

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RATTLESNAKE ENCOUNTER

It is that time of day when the last bright pinpoint of the setting sun suddenly pops below the mountain’s wide black edge. l track its movement, […]

DUCKS IN MY GARDEN

It was the grasshopper invasion of 1999 that sent me hurrying up the road to Sonoita where I had located a family who had an excess of ducks: Indian Runners. Physically appealing with their tan and white patches and distinctive upright posture, I was instantly interested. What fully captivated me was their obvious delight in […]

WHY A COMMUNITY GARDEN?

The idea for the garden began in 1998 when I returned to the community of Patagonia, Arizona. For more than ten years I had been learning about our industrial agricultural system: its dependence on fossil fuels […]

TESSERA/ TESSERAE

This morning’s air is fresh at 79 degrees and breezes stir the branches, indicating stronger than normal air movement. Where I write I am protected by a four foot arc-of-a- wall that is about thirty feet long. The wall is akin to an arm draped over shoulders […]

LOCAL AUDUBON PUBLICATION

file:///Users/kate/Desktop/img405.jpg A New Tool for Understanding Where we Live

THE EVOLUTION OF A COMMUNITY GARDEN

PATAGONIA COMMUNITY GARDEN

Where Good Things Grow

Located at 4th and Duquesne in the Town of Patagonia.

Soil Ripped and Rough Shaped by Equipment before Hand Working Paths and Growing Beds

The rich soils of this former cienega are an excellent foundation for the […]