Happy Weed Day!

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

I was deeply proud to sign this bill into law because I know it will open up so many opportunities for New Mexico. Opportunities for workers and entrepreneurs to build prosperous careers. Opportunities to generate more revenue for state and local governments. And opportunities to mend the harm done by the failed war on drugs – which has taken a disproportionate toll on communities of color.

This is the kind of change I’m dreaming of when I talk about building a brighter future for New Mexico – a win-win that allows both individuals and communities to thrive. Together, we’ll keep fighting to make our bold agenda a reality. This session, we’ve proven that it’s possible.

If you search around the Web, no doubt you’ll find the occasional nod to the new law here in New Mexico. We’re all proud of the law and the governor who got it through the Roundhouse. I’ve already rec’d happy notes from friends back East who are ready to visit at the drop of a joint.

Funny thing is … I haven’t smoked ANYTHING since about 1960. Decided it wasn’t a healthy habit and quit. Probably got a bit of a contact high now and then the years I was singing. I really haven’t yet researched quite how I might introduce some flavor or other of New Mexico Home Grown into my daily calorie intake.

Probably try a brownie recipe or something like that … some Friday, my bread-baking day. 🙂

Shrub predicts fire season terror!

Bryant Baker

…Chamise turns out to be a fascinating plant, one critical not only to the California landscape but to the safety of its human residents. When fire scientists want to know how flammable the state’s vegetation might be, they don’t rely on some newfangled gadget. They rely on chamise. “It’s a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch … “And I think because it’s so common, it’s often taken for granted.” …

…Because the plant is so abundant, it’s a sort of standardized species—they can sample it all over the state. Fire weather researchers like San Jose State University’s Craig Clements … use it to get an idea of how parched vegetation is overall.

And nothing scares a fire weather scientist quite like a year with dehydrated chamise. If it’s dry, then that’s a good indicator that everything is dry. “Right now, these are the lowest April 1 fuel moistures we’ve ever had,” Clements says. This is supposed to be the time of year when moisture levels are at their highest, thanks to recent autumn and winter rains. But California is withering in a drought.

Read it and weep, sisters and brothers. Much will potentially be destroyed in this year’s fire season. And, so far, I haven’t read of any new ingenious way of stopping wildfires.

World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm

…More than four years after AeroFarms planted the first seed at their global headquarters, new life has indeed arrived in the city’s Ironbound neighborhood – nearly two million pounds of it. That’s the amount of leafy greens that sprout every year at 212 Rome Street, where an enormous, 70,000 square foot facility houses the “largest indoor vertical farm in the world.”

AeroFarms … has continued to turn heads with its cutting-edge setup at its flagship facility, where a closed-loop, aeroponic water circulation system uses 95 percent less water than field farmed-food, yet yields a whopping 390 times higher per square foot. Since it’s much easier to control the environment indoors, the company is also able to avoid using pesticides on its crops, which include watercress, arugula and kale.

RTFA. A great article, generating hope for someone like me … who would love to have access to a year-round supply of affordable arugula. My Italian-American mom’s favorite green veg.