John Polk wrote:
the brown, barren line that runs from the center of the bottom of that Google map, NW to the left edge of the map is the San Andreas fault!
John Polk wrote:Soils and water in the region are highly alkaline (it all drains to Soda Lake!). Trees are scarce, but it is one of the largest reserves of native grasses in California. And yes, it is one of the best places in the western US to observe spring wild flowers (if the weather is dry enough to allow passage on the Soda Lake Road).
John Polk wrote:The area is also home to a dozen endangered species. Development is highly restricted in the region...which makes it ideal for a permaculture establishment.
Rainfall less than 10 inches per year - that puts you in the desert zone. You can grow other things if your plan includes water harvesting (and probably lots of Earthwork initially). But the mainstay should be modeled on a desert ecosystem.
Jonathan_Byron wrote:Ordinary filters cannot remove salt from water - you will need to do reverse osmosis, distillation, or some heavy duty chemical processes (like ion exchange resins) ... might be practical for drinking water, but for irrigation, it would be very expensive.
jacque g wrote:
These folks are not real far from you - http://www.quailsprings.org/ - and Santa Barbara has a very active permie network. Since you have special soils and special plants, it would be good to get in touch with people who have specific local knowledge.