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Tuesday, March 21 View Page
New adventures in farming! I just moved into a tiny apartment in Delta, Utah. Big enough to house my seeds and start a few trays of seedlings, but no place for gardening. But I will be working with a local grower who has 120 acres of land about 30 miles away out in the middle of the desert near Baker Hot Springs. We're calling the project "Fumarole Farm" after the adjacent Fumarole Butte. It's a harsh place to grow, with extremely alkaline clay soil (bottom of old Lake Bonneville - think something close to Bonneville Salt Flats) and the spring water with total dissolved solids of >5,000 ppm (that's as high as the meter would read), with salt crystals forming all along the banks of the springs. So this means: Growing in containers Evaporating, collecting and pumping water. No electricity or other infrastructure at this point, so 2017 is shaping up to be quite a challenging year!

 

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