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JAY INTERVIEWED BY ERIK DAVIS ON PRN’S ‘EXPANDING MIND’ RADIO SHOW

60-minute internet radio show archived here, stream or download: http://prn.fm/expanding-mind-desert-homesteading-03-23-17/

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VERNAL EQUINOX UPDATE

We’ve had at least six inches of rain here in the last year, and now the desert is by far the greenest and life-full we’ve seen it in our seven-plus years living here. Exciting, energizing! Says Stephanie: “We’ve had so … Continue reading

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JUNIOR

First snake of the season. Very small, maybe 15 inches…? The animal was in creosote shade, just outside a burrow, near a water pipe here in “our” yard. Very still, barely moved when I tossed a leaf near her. I … Continue reading

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ROGER IN HIS GARDEN

Instagram by Rohini Walker. Local legend Roger Smith leading last Sunday’s desert homestead garden/farm workshop for our Stewards of the Coyote Valley group. Seasoned desert dweller, Roger Smith (what a dude), in his abundant kitchen garden…thank you @cvstewards for organising … Continue reading

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BIG BUDS AND BLOSSOMS

First bloom on this Joshua tree since we moved into this house in January, 2012… First bloom on this Joshua tree since we moved into this house in January 2012! #desertlife #joshuatree @jthomesteader A post shared by Jay Babcock (@jaywbabcock) … Continue reading

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FURTHER PROOF OF CONCEPT

Red winter wheat garden, grown in composted soil under some leftover Agribon floating row cover, no watering. Grew in very thick and strong, photo doesn’t quite do it justice. The cover kept birds from eating the wheat seed, mice and … Continue reading

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SUNEVER FARMS’ FOOD OASIS-IN-PROGRESS

Here is Stephanie’s plan for the in-progress ‘food oasis’ at our ‘Sunever Farms’ property. Read more at: suneverfarms.com/foodoasis/

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YOU SEE THE SMOKE FROM ITS BREATH AS IT COMES ALIVE

From noahpurifoy.com/donate/ … “Become a Preservation Partner by donating $100 or more. As a special thanks, we will send you a Steidl reproduction copy of NOAH PURIFOY: HIGH DESERT, a three-volume catalog Noah Purifoy himself fabricated with photographs and writings … Continue reading

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TODAY IS THE DAY

To protect the desert we love, we gave to the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s #Protect62 Campaign today. Matching funds will double your donation — today only. Help keep the native Joshua Tree forests intact along Hwy 62! Join us by … Continue reading

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What’s happening here is foolish and heartbreaking

What the San Bernardino County government is doing to Joshua Tree is a disgrace — foolishly marring what should be the County’s crown jewel. The National Park’s attendance has soared in the last two years, and our area’s profile continues … Continue reading

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