Morongo agriculture may seem enigmatic, but who does not enjoy a worthwhile puzzle?

Man has produced crops of food in deserts for thousands of years.  Necessity was the most significant reason before modern transportation.  Today the best reason to grow crops in the desert may be to obtain superior food available from no other source.

What Americans of today have either never tasted or cognoscente consider gourmet food our great grandparents enjoyed routinely: actually ripe tomato, cantaloupe, and strawberries.  But even the vaunted "farmer's market" fails to supply these delicacies.

Some food plants actually thrive in desert type conditions.  Olives seem to be quite likely candidates.  MBO has a 40 year old olive fruiting on-site that receives very little water, suffers somehow through multiple 9 degree days in winter, and sure, breaks some limbs with the 90 mile per hour wind and snow, but some good pruning would stop that.  Anything else grown in Mesopotamia should be considered: figs for instance.

Then there is a untested theory that trucking food in from outside the area is overall less efficient than onsite gardening which, once infra-structure is established (seeds, cuttings, greenhouses, etc) in the area, could propagate with the importation of nothing but water.

Sure, one can find the remains of fruit trees planted in Morongo years ago by other hopeful and intrepid.  Well, let's find out what happened to them, and perhaps try again.

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