Farmers weigh tough choices as uncertain water future looms

Sitting at his booth at the Bosque Farms Growers Market, George Torres greeted customers all morning one Saturday last year. Many he knew by name and asked about their harvest, the weather, the water. All around him, vendors sold vegetables, milk, eggs, cookies, cut flowers, and seedlings. One farmer dropped off a bundle of radishes, saying, “That’s all I have yet.” 

As the July day temperature climbed, another asked Torres to “Turn off the furnace.”  He asked how things were going, and she made a dismissive “Pfffttt.” None of the beets or spinach germinated. It was too hot. 

Torres’ wife, Loretta, was the gardener, not George.

NMID’s Hot, Hot, Hot Reading List

There’s no shortage of accurate—and readable—information about climate change in the southwestern United States. Since Laura Paskus loves making lists, she jumped at the chance to share some of the titles on the bookshelf next to her own desk for those seeking to learn more about what’s happening as the region warms.