Soil

Photo: Ron Mader, Rio Muchacho (Ecuador) Soil = the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles Cryptobiotic Soils – Otherwise known as “desert glue,” this layer of biotic organisms “hidden” (crypto-) in the surface of park …

World Soil Day

Photo: Huaje Planting, Oaxaca December 5 is World Soil Day (Día Mundial del Suelo). Hashtag: #WorldSoilDay Soil is more than inert dirt. Much of the world’s biodiversity lies beneath our feet, in the soils which are home to more than a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity. 2020’s theme: Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity (Mantener …

Desert Notebook

Photo It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms.– John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago in …

Agriculture

Photo: Fidel’s farm Agriculture = the practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products WikipediaAgricultureRight to farm Planeta.com