With the limited availability of resources on our planet, and an increasing population to tax those resources, it is more important now than ever to create as little of an impact on the environment as possible. At Desert Bloom, we take every opportunity possible and take pride in being a sustainable farm.
Since our farm is completely off the grid, energy efficiency holds a special place in our hearts. For us, we don’t look for low energy usage products to save money on our electricity bill, we do so because we simply don’t have electricity to waste. Every bit of electricity we have is extremely valuable to us, and power management is a significant part of our daily lives.
Since we are in the desert, water conservation is an issue for us. For our outdoor gardens we use a special drip tape that emits water directly at ground level, sometimes just below, right at each plant. This greatly reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation.
We also use aquaponics, which is a closed system with very little water loss, read more about it here.
As you may be able to imagine, the soil here in the Mojave desert isn’t exactly the best for farming in, and with modern technology that isnt a problem! Unfortunately many of the important plant nutrients are mined and have limited supplies, to conserve the earths resources, we use animal manuer and compost for out fertilizing needs. These are nature designed ways of fertilizing that ultimately have a positive impact on the world.
We are working on a program to collect food scraps from restaurants for compost, with just a small number of restaurants we could produce enough compost for all of our gardens plus have extra to help others out.