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    the autonomist, 417els

    We live in Northern San Diego County.  While I am retired from a long career in Silicon Valley, I now find myself as an Avocado Rancher.
    It wasn't on purpose.  We were looking to return to Southern California.  I was born in what is now called Watts.  And I love warm weather and am very uncomfortable (whiny) when the temperature goes below 70 degrees.
    The house we found in Bonsall sits on top of a small mountain and is surrounded by about 350 of our Avocado trees.  As I knew nothing about raising avocados, I figured we would just let the trees go fallow and maybe plant a vineyard later.
    Then my grove manager, who is a naturalist, educated me on the benefits of growing avocados.  First, it is not a profitable occupation.  Most years we barely break even or have a small surplus.
    So why keep on doing it?  Here is where my bleeding heart Liberalism comes in.  The trees clean the air.

    Avocado trees and roots provide numerous benefits to the environment such as reduction of soil erosion and storm run off and also the improvement of water quality. The biggest benefit, however, is the improvement of our air quality. Avocado trees and orchards absorb carbon dioxide and air pollutants as well as produce a tremendous amount of oxygen per year. One avocado tree can produce around 260 pounds of oxygen per year. Two developed/mature avocado trees can provide the amount of oxygen required by a family of four to breathe for one year's time or remove the amount of carbon dioxide a single car produces in over four years time. That's over 50,000 miles of driving!

    That did it for me.  We will continue to spend money to water and tend the trees.  And we will do it pesticide free and using only natural solutions to our pest problems.

    This summer after seeing an email notice from our Organic Nursery supplier, we planted 4 Milkweed plants.  This is in addition to our 8 Mexican Red Bird of Paradise plants.  We have saved about 100 seed from the Bird of Paradise and will try to grow them this spring from seed.  Both of those plants are beneficial to the Monarch butterfly which we see back here every year.

    I found out something when I looked up the link for the Bird of Paradise.  The word "Mexican" is not part of its name. a Mexican BOP is a different plant all together from the ones I have.  That explains why my Yellow Mexican BOP doesn't look at all like my "Red".

    "If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve; if impeached, I will not leave" -Anon

    by Graebeard on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:47:40 AM PST

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