gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

Water is a huge issue in India, whether it’s the melting of the Himalayan glaciers or the devastating impact of many consecutive years of drought on farming communities. The most hotly debated solutions have tended to be the large-scale ones, like the building of large hydroelectric dams along many of India’s sacred rivers. Many of …

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It is late July in Laporiya village in Rajasthan — an arid region in India’s most arid state. When I arrived in this village of about 2,000 people, 85 km southwest of Jaipur, the monsoon rains had not yet come. Yet, you’d never guess it approaching the village: green grass, lush healthy trees, flourishing vegetable gardens …

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There’s nothing like the first really hot day of spring to make one thankful for having installed a rainwater catchment system! I watered our garden generously today, and there’s still enough left for several weeks at least, even if it doesn’t rain. Since I happened to also give a presentation on the topic of home-scale …

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