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massive floods in the US, deaths of livestock, farmers going bankrupt--what to do? Grow more food

 
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I hear that a great deal of acreage in Iowa was wiped out because of a recent storm (10 million acres, according to a friend in the Midwest). My aunt was there and saw the devastation. I suppose that would also lead to the US importing more soybeans from Brazil
 
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Paul made a thread all about this movie, but I think it needs to be featured here, too. Especially as we live these events.



The man you see pictured in the preview of the movie, is an 82 year old mountain tour guide. He's been leading tours up to the glacier since 1956. When he started, you could step right out on to the glacier. Now you have to climb down 150 meters (~450 feet) of ladders to get down to it. It's melted that much.
 
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James Landreth wrote:

Nicole Alderman wrote:

I have! My husband planted a black walnut seed a few years back and last year I planted 3 chestnuts and 3 hazelnuts, and I planted another chestnut this year. With my 5 acres being north-facing, it's hard to plant a lot of canopy trees, because they mean no sun in the winter, as they shade everything down hill. But, I planted the chestnuts along the forest edge, and the hazelnuts should do well any where. I was hesitant about investing in nut trees because the squirrels ate every single hazelnut from my mom's three trees, but I don't have nearly as many squirrels, so hopefully we'll get some nuts eventually! Nest year I hope to get some more hazelnuts and plant them in my hedges. The more diversity, the better!

As for other trees, I've got 8 apple, 2 peach, 2 pear, 3 cherry, 3 pawpaw, 1 cultivated plum and at least 5 that suckered of of my mom's tree, and 1 persimmon (pretty sure it died) tree.



That's a great start! I worry about squirrels down the line, but I figure that it's good to have the nut trees in place so that if things ever fall apart, we can just get serious about squirrel hunting and have those nut trees in place

I wonder how commercial agriculture in California is faring. I haven't read much in this regard. I imagine that the fires and drought have to have had some sort of negative effect, though this winter has seen more rain. That might lead to new growth and renewed fire tornadoes this summer. We've already had brush fires this month in the Pacific Northwest, which is unusual. The snow pack is good I hear, but we haven't had as much rain as usual I feel



I live in the desert....rats, mice, squirrels abound.  In times of drought, they will eat the tree itself.  I was spending a lot of money and time trying to combat the problem.  I tried humane traps, essential oils, netting.  Nothing worked 100% and trees are starting to become really expensive.  About 4 years ago I just said to heck with it and I dug up what I could out of the ground and cut the main leader back to 18".  I then espaliered them and put them in a greenhouse structure that is 1/4" hardware cloth.  With them being small and espaliered, I can get a lot of trees in there.  This is the first year now, that I am getting nuts.  I also have nut bushes that are native to the desert.  I am glad I did this....I don't have to spend all this time wondering if I will get a harvest, or even have a tree left.  It also cut my water bill in half.  I have them all in self-made air prune pots so with proper fertilization, and keeping them small, will not have to transplant them to bigger pots.  
 
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