A corn field is shrouded in a foot of snow on the high plains of the Four Corners area near Dove Creek, Colorado. The snow-capped Abajo Mountains of southwestern Utah rise majestically in the distance.
Charles Hendrix showed me around his Aquaponics greenhouse the other day. Aquaponics is a growing process in which Tilapia (and, less so, goldfish and koi) provide nutrients for the plants (which are primarily lettuces and others which thrive with constantly wet roots) and the plant beds help filter the water. It has a lot of potential to feed hunger stricken communities near rivers and could help lessen agricultural water waste in drought-stricken areas like California.
Occasionally the ranch auctions off dinners for guests to buy, and I find myself wearing an apron and grilling chicken and pouring Rose instead of walking amuck in jeans and boots. All part of the hospitality.