No water means no food. Drought-adapted agriculture maximizes every drop of water, helps farms survive and thrive in an uncertain climate future, and creates mouthwatering flavor, too.
With drought becoming the new normal in many parts of the world, farmers must make every drop count. They can use a variety of techniques to conserve water, from irrigation management to planting drought-tolerant crops.
Change Maker: Joe Schirmer, Dirty Girl Produce
Joe Schirmer studied organic farming at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. In 1997 he began working at Dirty Girl Produce and later assumed operations of the farm. Dirty Girl grows a variety of organic produce, but it is best known for its dry-farmed tomatoes. Dry farming is a method of growing crops with minimal water, relying on soil moisture from seasonal rainfall or one deep watering. This results in smaller but more flavorful fruits and vegetables. Joe is also developing a particularly delicious tomato variety that is well-suited to this method.
As climate change continues to impact all areas of our lives, we need to support water-wise farmers like Joe, who are adapting and innovating for a drought-resilient food future.
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