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

Gary Paul Nabhan
Chelsea Green
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Paper, 256 pp., $29.95.

Recent weather changes have caused public concern over record heat in much of the United States and around the world. Drought conditions have led to the loss of crops and reportedly caused the death of half a million trees in the United States. Such conditions are not unknown to the author of this work, who has lived in deserts and the driest lands worldwide. Considered an expert on the agricultural traditions of these regions, Nabhan shares his knowledge of farming strategies when moisture is limited. He describes how to recognize impending climate uncertainty and provides detailed information on how to be prepared for changing conditions; how to reduce stress on crops; how to make the most of available moisture; and other techniques farmers in drought areas employ to create a productive oasis. This comprehensive guide provides clear instructions to those interested water conservation and agriculture.
- Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden.