When in drought: dry-farming in California, no water needed

guardian:

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Will Bucklin doesn’t water his crops. It’s that simple. 

Instead, Old Hill Ranch bypasses artificial irrigation, and relies on seasonal rainfall and working the soil in such a way that it holds on to water for the drier months. 

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“The hardest part about dry farming is actually convincing people it works,” Bucklin says. “But in places like Spain, France and Italy, pretty much everybody dry-farms.”

Irrigation has even been banned in parts of Europe to preserve the quality of certain grape varieties. But in California, where irrigation is now the norm, dry farming has become a forgotten art.

Photos: Charlotte Simmonds for the Guardian (1), Michelle Davidoff/Handout (2)

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