Sunday, July 20, 2008

Irrigation day

We live in a river valley in a desert. For centuries there has been agriculture here, but it is very different from most agricultural areas. During dry periods from late March through late October we irrigate our pastures, orchards, and some field crops by flooding with river water. The water is delivered to us through a system of ditches, or acequias.

On irrigation day most of the animals get locked up. The hoofstock must be corralled and fed hay so they don't damage the soaked fields, and most of the poultry get locked into pens and moved onto dry ground. But there are some farm residents for whom irrigation day is the best day ever!!!!

Oh yes, it's good to be a goose or a duck on a special day every two weeks.

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