Streams

Preserving a Family Farm and the Environment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Julene Bair talks about inheriting part of a farming empire in Kansas's beautiful Smoky Valley and her hopes to preserve it for the next generation. She also has to come to terms with the ecological harm the Bair Farm has done: each growing season her family—like other irrigators—pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the rapidly depleting Ogallala aquifer. Her new memoir is The Ogallala Road.

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Julene Bair

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jf from the future

Please get this message to your guest. You don't till the soil, you cover it with mulch, compost, and wood chips. this saves 90% of the water and feeds the plants as it decomposes over time. You can also put clay pots that collect and slowly sweat the moisture into the ground in the perfect amount. Tilling the soil dries it out and kills the microbiome.

Apr. 23 2014 03:03 PM

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