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[Powderworks] diesel and dust

Anna Offler aoffler at iprimus.com.au
Sat Apr 3 06:43:25 MST 2004

Usually wheat but they have lots of dry years as the rainfall is marginal.
Real dry land farming. You get 1 good year in 5, 2 average and 2
poor/drought. Thats what you get around Goyders Line .
Lots of these old farmhouses were where people tried to farm on less
acres/hectares in good years, and the drought years drove them off the land
so they became part of a bigger farm that is more viable. Possibly the point
is that the white man does'nt live with and respect the land like the
Aborigines but tries to control it all the time, and then he ruins it. They
ripped out all the trees causing erosion and dust bowls in the early years.
Beds are burning.
Lew and Anna

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Robertson [mailto:the_oil_fish at yahoo.ca]
Sent: Saturday, 3 April 2004 3:24 PM
To: Anna Offler
Cc: powderworks at cs.colorado.edu
Subject: RE: [Powderworks] diseal and dust

  Forgive the NMOC but as a prairie boy, I must ask:

  What kind of crops grow in that dry land? It looks forsaken, but the
ground is clearly furroughed, by the sweat of some poor farmer's brow no

  Our own dryland is littered with countless similar scenes of long last
family farms, and while many are equally forlorn, few are quite so stark and
barren-looking as the example in your picture. Most were once worked by
families who were displaced by large agro-corporations or monopolizing
interests of some sort. I'm assuming that's the point of the Oils putting
that picture on the cover of D and D. (though it reminds me more of lyrics
from Truganini...)

  Anyway, my question is what would grow there?

  bruce in calgary

  Anna Offler <aoffler at iprimus.com.au> wrote:
    ( the rainfall line that marks whether you can plant
    crops). The Homestead must be outside Burra and dry country. Been to
    many years ago but cant remember seeing this place.
    Lew and Anna

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