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Hey there, fellow drylanders and those interested in dryland permaculture!

Abundant Desert is dedicated to the experimentation, observation and sharing of dryland permaculture practices. The goal is to capture the “best of the best” methodologies that work in hot drylands – both here in Phoenix, Arizona and around the world.  And the truth is we’ll only know what the “best” is by creating our own experiments, documenting our progress and sharing our knowledge.

So if you’re interested in greening the desert, and doing so in a way that saves water, lowers your electricity bills, cleans the air, water and soil, builds community and is FUN – well, you’ve come to the right place.  Relax, and enjoy the many foibles and follies as we create an Abundant Desert.

And now here's a silly video of Ryan Wood, Phoenix Program Coordinator of Watershed Management Group, using a laser level in my yard.

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  1. Jen,
    I wanted to connect to see how we might help each other progress Permaculture Design.

    It looks like you nay have taken Geoff Lawtons PDC this summer. I was also enrolled in the program but got a late start due to some travel, and I still have some work to do there.
    We just live out here in Queen Creek. I hope things are going great. Nice job on your website
    Thanks,
    John White

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  2. Clark

    Jennifer,

    Thank you for allowing me to have a private tour of your garden a couple weeks ago with Donna. I was very impressed. My wife and I homeschool our four children and are part of a homeschool group here in South Phoenix. We'd love for the children to see all the work you've done and experience permaculture first hand. If you're feeling up to the challenge, please email me so we can discuss details and perhaps come up with a way for the kids to contribute to your garden. I think that it would be a wonderful educational experience for them, and perhaps we can inspire a few parents in the process.

    Sincerely,
    Clark

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  3. Becky Willis

    Hi, Jen. Just left the PDC drylands thread and thought I'd have a look here. Looks good! I think I'll be sticking to the PDC thread hoping our classmates in Europe and the Mideast chime in on what works for them.

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  4. Billy

    I'll be checking back in. I just left the Drylands PDC myself to check your link. I'm currently in El Paso, TX.

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  5. Wendy

    Hello Jen I'm same as the above comments - checking out the website. I live in North Central Victoria Australia. Drylands bordering on Mediterranean style climate but live on a river flood plain with gravity irrigation laid out. 1 in 100 year flood 3 years ago with water to fence height after a 7 year drought. I want to retrofit some irrigation drains into mulch gardens and include chickens. In other drains I want to grow more reeds / water plants as fodder crops. The region's water management agency is having a workshop on aquatic plants - identifying weeds and natives next week. Don't know if the reeds I already have are weeds but one of my cows thinks she's a water buffalo and hoes into them. She was also the first to start eating spear thistles during my last year's training the cows sessions. Anyway thanks for your initiative - I look forward to learning from others and eventually contributing.

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