“When in drought: the California farmers who don’t water their crops”

“Dry farming is a method that bypasses artificial irrigation, relying instead on seasonal rainfall and working the soil in such a way that it holds on to water for the drier months. Is it possible to grow healthy grapes without watering them? Actually, if conditions are right, he says, it’s possible to grow even better ones. Less water means smaller, more intensely flavoured grapes with a higher skin-to-fruit ratio. Other crops — tomatoes, potatoes, squash, corn, apples, even marijuana — can be dry-farmed too, with similarly intensified results…
Californians in urban areas have been required to greatly reduce their water use. The mandate to cut back by 25% has largely been met, and at times exceeded, by a population that prides itself on eco-consciousness. Strict restraints on personal water consumption, and drought shaming of those who continue to waste, have attracted headlines. Yet for agriculture, which accounts for 80% of the state’s human water use, there is no parallel mandate. It’s a reality that has raised eyebrows.”

Dry farmed tomatoes change lives. Ridiculously delicious.

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