Sunday, August 02, 2015

Valley Dry

A tinder dry nut farm west of Wasco where our business is roses and prisons

Heading west toward Paso Robles on Highway 46 the California drought grabs you by the throat. California’s San Joaquin Valley, the fruit basket of the nation, is described in textbooks as “semi-arid” but right now it looks like the westward migration of the Mojave Desert. At least that’s the case without irrigation.

More and more plots are lying fallow as precious water is preserved and signs offer sprawling parcels of farmland but attract with few buyers.

Prime farmland or soon to be beachfront property near Blackwell's Crossing where James Dean met his maker.

What do you call an irrigation ditch without water? Desert.
At Blackwell's Crossing with the Coast Range in the distance



3 comments:

Daryl Black said...

This is a tough subject, punctuated by the massive wildfires that burn throughout the state. Your photographs look more like images of the Mojave desert than farmland, which as you said, is what you have when there is no water running through it. The trailers in the fourth shot look like cotton (or some other agricultural product) trailers. After all the political maneuvering and wrangling is done, what will be left? These photographs point to the water issues that have always plagued the West and I thank you for calling attention to them through creativity.

John Farnsworth said...

Maybe desalination trumps light rail in times like these?

Steve Immel said...

That's likely though the cost of electricity to operate the plants is prohibitive. Still having enough water does trump light rail for sure.

Then there's the fact that agriculture uses something like 80% of Cal's water to produce more than we use and 40% of the total goes in the garbage. That's tragic unto itself.