Photographs: Three Rivers when they flowed in California, Year three of a five year drought, Year four of the five year drought (yes there is still water but independent farmers (and dairymen) cant get it unless you are lining the pockets of …)
The prompt at Poet’s United Midweek Motif is Watershed Moments. We all have them what are yours?
days of drought
catch the rain in a jar
each drop precious
price of admission
turn fresh produce into weeds
I continue to read ridiculous reports of fights for water in California. I drive through the Central Valley and see new vineyards cropping up and the dairy industry, walnut, almond, pistachio orchards along with fresh produce (that supply a nation) are being killed. A nation’s stupidity cannot feed her people.
The prompt for Carpe Diem “Harvest Dusk” brought a tear to my eye. The harvest season is upon us but there are only weeds to harvest. If you haven’t heard, California has not only had a drought but the government has mismanaged water allocations so agriculture was allowed to return to weeds and sagebrush aka DESERT. Friends in Porterville have no water out of the tap.
The good news – your grocery bills will be higher this fall!!!
The prompt for the daily post photo challenge is Relic.
I used to look upon rusty, dilapidated farms as romantic. I anticipated the change of new metal barns and air-conditioned John Deere tractors. While I lived in the agricultural center of California, I never anticipated the return of the land to desert where nothing grows and a lye/ salt makes it impossible to grow anything but sage brush. There is an abundance of uncultivated sagebrush land. The United States has been reliant for up to 90 percent produce (from California) including cotton, citrus, dairy, fruit, vegetables, nuts, grapes…). The land (even with water) cannot be cultivated in a season (or a year.)
Have you noticed where your produce is coming from???
I have no qualms about buying produce from other countries except for the lack of FDA regulation on amount and type of pesticides being utilized.
This is a rant that I wrote after eating pesticide laden veggies from Mexico. The Central Valley in California is more than capable of growing the crops for the nation and yet it is often short-changed by big business and politics in Northern and Southern California. I loved reading this morning (on the box) that my clementines are sprayed with wax or better yet resin. Well they have to be they are shipped from Morocco.
This article California’s Central Valley is about the volume of fresh produce, dairy and meat coming from the under represented but productive area in California..