I guess I should formally introduce myself before I do anymore posting.
**stands up, clears throat**
Hi, my name is Candes, and I'm a second generation permaculturist. I live in Chino Valley, Arizona, on the same 5-acre patch of land my mother managed for 40 years. I'm currently growing a crop of 3rd generation permies who are almost ready to harvest. Wait...no...a few have already been harvested and sent off to tend their own patches of land. But, I still have two of the teenage variety at home, and a young adult that grew roots here and will never leave.
I inherited management of the family farm a few years ago after my mother suffered some strokes. I dragged my husband and younger children up here from Phoenix (kicking and screaming at first). My farm was a service farm back in the day, when I was little... we won't talk about how many decades ago that was. We grew most of our own food, and rented services to other farms in the area through our many workshops (carpentry, mechanical, metal, etc) and warehouse. I'm turning it into a school of adaptive gardening, and hopefully, eventually a PRI. I'm currently running a growing work/resources cooperative using my farm as a main base.
Our area is a temperate dryland. We don't have "soil" here; we have clay and rocks with pockets of silt that allow certain kinds of prairie grasses to grow natively. My place sticks out a bit, lol. Our summers are 100f + and our winters can get down to below zero on occasion. A normal year sees about 14 inches of rain here, usually all at once over a 3-day period in July. What other people call "drought" we call "June", and what other people call "prepping for the End Times" we call "getting ready for winter." Despite that, I now grow enough to feed 100 families via annual and perennial crops. I grow food year-round, though most of it still comes in during the summer and fall. I'm the only person in my area that has green things growing in my outdoor gardens when there's snow on the ground.
This year we're expanding our operations significantly as we put in the first acre of a time-stack system to grow food for our local food securities charity partners.
I don't know what else to say. I will probably post and reply to posts in spurts, as I have time. Most of the time I'm out working, even in the winter.
Welcome Candes! I spent some time in your neck of the woods a few years ago while working on my book. Growing anything out there is impressive. Photos please! And do check out the forums on greening the desert, I'm sure we'll all look forward to some of your experience and wisdom.