"There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace."
Simply put, the time is now.
I'm not for the "doom and gloom" of being a prepper, but I am all about empowering those I love with the tools they need to thrive when "it all goes down."
Our farm is in Southern Nevada, in a super rural area. We are about an hour from the entrance to Death Valley, and last week temperatures reached 135F. Ladies and gentlemen, when you pair that with the steady decline of the water levels at Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and a "megadrought" around most of the Western US- you have a recipe for disaster where food grows. The water restrictions that will follow the anticipated Federal Water Shortage will impact millions of Americans. The Western US will feel it- starting at the grocery store.
You've undoubtedly seen it when looking at the ever-rising prices at the grocery store, and when you're filling up your car. Now, with a looming rubber shortage, the world is starting to wake up to the fact that those who prepare will prevail. So what can you do to prepare those you love for such things? Get back to the dirt! It's time to roll up your sleeves, and get some dirt under your fingernails! At RW Bait Co. and Poof Dirt Farms, our Ethos is "Each One Teach One. Planting Seeds For A Better Tomorrow." Now more than ever- we are here for you! As we develop our plan for the Winter season, (yes- right now) I am talking with "The Boss" about filming content that will help first-time farmers feel more comfortable with the basics. We will discuss everything from choosing where your plots should fall in your yard, to identifying pests, and issues in your rows! We are developing content to get you and your family prepared. Right now. For the road ahead.
We are in year 3.5 of a 5 year Research and Development period on our homestead, where we evaluate which crops produce best in our climate, and what it took to make it happen. A lot of that information is available at www.poofdirtfarming.com if you'd like to check it out. Bookmark the page, because you can also order microgreens, farm-fresh veggies, and baked goods on the site! This Spring/Summer crop was by far the harshest reminder that we must strive to do our part. Crops like our peppers which produce well in heat, are barren. We re-seeded our plots "direct sow" after losing all of the plants (over 250) that we started over the winter. Our corn was fried. A few of our R&D crops are doing well, but we have experienced enough inconsistency to write this year off, and begin to plan for next year. If that is happening on my 2.5 acre farm, imagine what's happening in meetings across millions of acres of farmland in these areas. There are already acres of fallow ground across the region, and as that becomes the "new normal" I urge you to take this journey with us! Empower your family for the road ahead. Get chickens! Build raised beds! Thank a farmer!
Stay tuned for the video series, and if you'd like to learn more about how you can get back to the dirt, contact us at: www.poofdirtfarming.com
Stay true! In a world full of fake- DO YOU! No one does you like YOU!
- Captain Wiggler aka Captain Planet
Check out this article from NPR on the subject:
" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
June 26th, 2021.
Our day began at 1AM at our homestead in Pahrump, NV. Gathering supplies, loading the "Fish Getter" with a canopy, tackle, and the day's supplies for the trip ahead. Boulder Beach, Lake Mead. Stop #2 in our "Reclaim the Spot" series in partnership with the National Park Service Volunteers. We teamed with Tiny Boat Universe Nevada (a local group dedicated to small boats, modifications, and their community) to get out to Governement Wash in our first outing, and we were very happy to see a few new faces from the fishing community come out and put in work at Boulder Beach. But first- let's fish!
I already had an understanding of the conditions due to our site visit a week ahead of the event, and I knew that the fishing pier was not the play for me. In the photo from the site visit, you can see why. Lake Mead has been on the decline as far as water levels go, which is rapidly changing the dynamic of how anglers can access their favorite spots- if they are accessible at all. Here's hoping it also encourages them to do their part to conserve! In an effort to help spread the word, we have links to all of the current water levels, and launch ramp access information on our site. They can be found on our page called "Angler's Edge" along with the (5) day weather forecast, barometer readings, wind forecasts, and more!
Here, I knew that my only chances from the shore would involve my waders, and a trip out toward deeper water. At the beginning of the video you can see my rods in their rod holders, after wading out into chest deep water to cast. I do this when I'm fishing in public, mainly because it's fun to see the look on people's faces, and because in spots I've never been to, I can get a read for the conditions. It's been quite productive for me in my recent trips to new areas. Added bonus of fishing this way in the summer is that it can cool you off! The only down side is kind of funny- because I fish in sock-foot waders, I get boots full of water, but that's fun for kids! In the video, when I lean down to pick up the bag of trash in the intro, you can see it splash out!
There are plenty of places that I'd like to fish around this area with my boat after fishing here from shore. I'd also want to do some night fishing here, as the bite picks up. Natural bait fish are back, bringing "boils" to waters near here- and when you have an aresenal of Striper snacks at your disposal, you want to be right on top of them when it happens- that means I have to add this spot to the "Fish Tank Playlist." Fishing spots that I want to attack and film while battle-testing our upcoming release, "The Fish Tank LTE." That playlist is ever-evolving, so if you have a spot you'd like me to check out, fish, and report on, leave a comment! A few bites, two snags, and one break-off in my recon mission- time to pack it up, and get ready to clean.
I was fired up heading into this event! Our first event at Government Wash made a huge impact, and let the Las Vegas fishing community know that we are here, and we are looking for help. Many hands make light work, as the saying goes- and today was no different.
From the start, I knew that the clean up would be epic. There were new faces with us, and all of them played a huge part in the success of the event. There were two key differences though between this event, and our first outing at Government Wash. The number of young children cleaning was one, and the intense heat was another. God bless those parents for teaching those kids the right way! If you look at the photos, they are IN the brush, picking up trash, while their parents are grabbing big items, and keeping an eye on them. It was beautiful to see these families working as a unit, to achieve a common goal. The highlight of the day was the woman you see in the photos holding her baby while picking up trash, and watching her kids! I was awestruck! Aiza N.- you are the real MVP! As the temps rose, our focus shifted to the children, and the families packed it in, knowing that they had made a huge impact. I thank you all, and hope to see you out there in September, when we resume the series.
As the temps rose, we were down to three people. My wife, aka "The Boss" , Chris "C Lo" Logan- one of the most dedicated members of the Wiggler Army- and myself. Thanks Chris, for hanging in there! I feel like that was when we dug in, and really pushed to finish strong. We wrestled a buried baby crib out of the sand, (see photo) as well as the two dumpsters full of trash at the end of the day. The National Park Service staff was amazing, and they helped us throw everything in the dumpsters after collecting it from various staging points along the beach.
All things considered, it was a great day, and we all left knowing that we left Boulder Beach better than we found it. We'll see you in September, when the "Reclaim the Spot" series continues. Until then, bring an extra trash bag with you, and clean between the fish bites. Always seems to help me pass the time!
Stay True, and remember. In a world full of fake, do YOU. No one does you like YOU!
See you on the water!
- Captain Wiggler