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New release! Growing Food in Hotter, Drier Land

In his newest book, Growing Food in Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty, Gary Nabhan shares how to harvest water and nutrients, select drought-tolerant plants, and create natural diversity in an ever-changing climate. He draws from the knowledge of traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America to offer time-tried strategies, including:

  • Building greater moisture-holding capacity and nutrients in soils;
  • Protecting fields from damaging winds, drought, and floods;
  • Reducing heat stress on crops and livestock;
  • Harvesting water from uplands to use in rain gardens and terraces filled with perennial crops;
  • Selecting fruits, nuts, succulents, and herbaceous perennials that are best suited to warmer, drier climates; and,
  • Keeping pollinators in pace and in place with arid-adapted crop plants.

This practical book is replete with detailed descriptions and diagrams showing how to implement desert-adapted practices in your own backyard, orchard, or farm to mitigate the impact of these rapid changes. Its techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and Southwest and adjacent regions of Mexico.

If interested in learning more, the book can be purchased here.