Amber waves of grain may soon be replaced by towering stalks of industrial hemp as farmers across America begin growing this newly legalized form of cannabis. As of May 10th, 2018, Arizona became the 36th state to take on the task of converting this formerly controlled substance into a commercial commodity.1 Will all the hubbub … Continue reading Could Farming Hemp Save Water?
Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized forms of marijuana and more states are likely to follow. Marijuana sales have been on fire. In 2017, sales were expected to reach $9.7 billion, and analysts are predicting sales of $24.5 billion by 2021, as new states enter the market. Yet, behind the “green … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Growing Weed
Wildlife guzzlers….have you heard of them? They sound like a two-can party hat worn by the frat boys in “Animal House” but they are not. They are simple devices that collect rainwater for use by animals in rural or remote areas. Guzzlers can range from homemade designs using 30 or 55-gallon plastic barrels to in-ground, networked … Continue reading What’s a Wildlife Guzzler?
As you head to the kitchen to make your first pot of morning brew, imagine turning on the faucet and no water comes out. How would you feel? What thoughts would go through your head? If you’re a rural homeowner, you may wonder if the circuit breaker got tripped for your water pump or worse, … Continue reading “Honey, go check the pump”
Here’s an engineering riddle: What has the texture of a Rice Krispie treat but is strong enough to support a fire truck? No, it’s not a snack for Superman. It’s permeable pavement. Permeable pavement, also commonly referred to as pervious or porous pavement, is often created using either asphalt or concrete. It can also include … Continue reading Paving the Way with Porous Pavement
Ah, the delectable taste of sushi. Depending upon on the type of sushi you choose, those tidbits of tastiness embraced in a dark green “nori” wrap are actually encased in seaweed. “Seaweed?” you say. Yes. Seaweed. Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed species of the algae genus Porphyra. While this algae has been … Continue reading Sushi, Seaweed, and Sewage
Living in the arid west, most of us are keenly aware of how precious water is. Just being outdoors in the sun for a bit is subtle incentive to drink water to quench our thirst. Most of us don’t leave home without a bottle of water in our car, purse or backpack. It’s just natural … Continue reading East Meets West
Homespun wisdom says “an apple-a-day keeps the Doctor away” but that traditional fall fruit may now have liquid competition – beer! A quick internet search on “beer and health” will reveal hundreds of articles on how drinking beer is good for your well-being. From colds to Alzheimer’s, beer seems to be the next wonder drug. … Continue reading Beer – Good for What Ales You and More!
“Eco-chic”, which the Urban Dictionary defines as “anything new and trendy that causes a 'green frenzy'”, is certainly a new phrase for brewers from Bisbee to Oregon as they opt to find ways to reuse water in both processes and products. Some of these water saving techniques are quite practical while others are certainly turning … Continue reading “Eco-chic” Brewing