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Life on Songo Mnara: Kilimo, Bustani and the Ukame - Farming, Gardening and the Drought

We stand, the hot sun beating down on us, surveying a field of Sorghum (Mtama). The harvest is late this year, M tells us that the crop is short and stunted because of the drought (Ukame) and as a result, very little has been harvested, even this late in the season. 1,721 more words


The Buzz about Bees

Walking around my neighborhood I can’t help but stop and smell all the amazing flowers in full bloom. From tulips to lilac to cherry blossoms, Reno is exploding in color. 534 more words


Visit a Volunteer: Cahfi in the mawnin'

Livin’ in Jamaica #4 – Visit a Volunteer: Cahfi in the mawnin’

Peace Corps Jamaica arranges a “Visit a Volunteer Experience” adventure for their trainees where they travel to a currently serving volunteer for a three-day visit. 834 more words


They call me Tom Pig.

The eighth in an occasional series excerpting testimony from the transcript of the trial in J.F. Coley v. Tom Artis, Wayne County Superior Court, November 1908. 797 more words

North Carolina

California Almonds Roasted In Drought Debate Over Irrigation

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California almonds are becoming one of the world’s favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California’s 39 million people. 884 more words


Why cities need a new way of handling waste

Alan Berger from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) talks about the holistic city. He says we need to start thinking differently about urban growth, and design innovative cities that use ecological processes to clean and reuse waste water, so we can grow more food for the future.


Water Security

Dry start?

It’s looking as if there will be a dry start to this planting season.  We went through winter with little snow and have had insufficient rain to really make a difference yet this spring.   197 more words