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In this podcast, I go for a walk around our property where I explain where we get the water we need to irrigate our fruit and vegetables. 

I also go on a bit of a water infrastructure rant about the own goal we scored by allowing the current drought to be worse than it should be because our politicians and public bureaucrats have sat on their hands for decades instead of building the dams or diverting the water where we need it most. 

I finish (as usual) with a chat about "what's growing now" in our vegetable garden and orchard.  

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Hi Mark!
My wife and I just discovered your videos from a YouTube suggestion and we enjoy them very much, not only because of their usefulness but because of the good-spirited nature that you bring to them. We live in California so we’re quite...

Hi Mark!
My wife and I just discovered your videos from a YouTube suggestion and we enjoy them very much, not only because of their usefulness but because of the good-spirited nature that you bring to them. We live in California so we’re quite familiar with droughts and water rationing and your podcast could just have well done by somebody here. We’re lucky enough to have a natural spring on our property, but we lost that sense of security a few years ago when the spring stopped flowing for the first time in its recorded history (several hundred years) after a record drought. We had one great year of rain since then, but now it looks like we could be going back into drought. Since we can no longer count out our natural spring, we’ve had to change the way we use our water, mainly by replacing many water-thirsty ornamentals with drought-tolerant natives and using targeted drip irrigation for the garden.

While the politics of water usage and infrastructure is a bit different here compared to you guys, blaming politicians is a universal, although in all fairness it is we the people that put them there. It is my personal belief that the breakdown in communication between people of differing views is most responsible for the paralysis of elected governments all over the world. It’s not possible to discuss solutions to problems when both sides view the other as an enemy, either an elitist, lefty, Marxist, or a dim-witted, racist, fascist, and assumes to know the motivations of the other without truly trying to understand them. It might be pollyannish of me, with politicians stoking divisions between people to win elections and cognitive biases (that all humans have) making it extremely difficult to understand an opposing view, but I think you have a great opportunity with your special talents and the SSM platform to create an environment that can help people of differing views to try to understand the other side. I think that is the first step to finding lasting solutions.

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