April flowers

Happy spring to all our readers. Thank you to those who wrote wishing us a Happy Passover season – we have so much to be grateful for.

A week’s break just flew by…. Zip-a-dee .

Time away from the computer was put to good use. Lots has happened while we took time off from posting. There’s never a dull moment.   I’ll do my best to catch you on highlights of the past week from the homestead – warning extremely long post coming!

[BTW – a most generous and appreciative thank to those whocontributed to our outreach fund while we were away on break (yourcontributtions will go towards bringing more exciting videos from the urban homestead!). Good news, now only $1,000 behind in our quarterly goal]

In the News

But first, before the week’s highlights, catching up with all the news that has caught our eye over this past week. You’ve may already read them in the blogsphere, but here they are anyway since they are important (especially for those of us in California, who need to take heed in these water warnings)


`Study says global warming threatens to create a Dust Bowl-like period. Water politics could also get heated. [LA Times]

The driest periods of the last century & the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and the droughts of the 1950s may become the norm in the Southwest United States within decades because of global warming, according to a study released Thursday.
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Los Angeles suffers longest dry spell in 130 years [LA Times]

Los Angeles is going through its longest dry spell in at least 130 years, the National Weather Service said Sunday, fueling fears of rampant wildfires which have plagued the US west coast in recent years.
“The rain season is currently the driest to date in downtown Los Angeles since records began in 1877,” the weather service said in a statement.
It said the southern California city had received just 2.47 inches (6.27 centimeters) of rain since July 1, 2006, far from the normal precipitation of 13.94 inches (35.4 centimeters) in the same period. “If downtown Los Angeles receives less than 1.95 inches of rain from now through June 30th this will become the driest rain season ever,” it said.
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Coping with water scarcity [CSMonitor]

Climate change will require human adaptation. Water harvesting can mitigate predicted water scarcity.
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Surviving a warmer world: Global forecast is ‘mostly dry’ [CSMonitor]

Climate change is already being blamed for altered rainfall patterns and shrinking glaciers that provide water for drinking and agriculture.
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‘Water police’ crack down in an ever-drier Australia [CSMonitor]

Profligate shower-takers may find their water supply cut to a trickle as country endures a long drought made worse by global warming.
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As bee colonies disappear across the nation, experts are wondering why

Charming Mother Nature’s pollinators for more than 40 years. Foy, who keeps bees at his home in Verona, makes honey from his tiny pets and knows everything about them — when they breed, what makes them angry, when they die. But for the past three weeks, Foy has been stumped. He can’t figure out what drove some 30 of his colonies away. “They just disappeared,” Foy said.
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100 Mile Suit [Wired]

When educator and designer Kelly Cobb decided to make a man’s suit only from materials produced within 100 miles of her home, she knew it would be a challenge. But Cobb’s locally made suit turned into a exhausting task. The suit took a team of 20 artisans several months to produce — 500 man-hours of work in total — and the finished product wears its rustic origins on its sleeve.
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Digging in: Britain’s green revolution on the home front [Guardian]

Huge rise in home-grown vegetables amid increasing distaste for factory food During the second world war the government famously urged every able man and woman in Britain to “dig for victory” – to grub up their flower beds and tear up their lawns to grow vegetables to avoid widespread hunger. Today, a new British land army of gardeners appears to be doing the same to avoid eating industrially-produced foods.
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