The new land in the Mojave desert is ripe for the taking, and if you can find a way to get there, it might be the best place to farm your way out of poverty.
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“In this desert, the most important thing is not what you have, but what you can grow,” says Gary Smith, who has been growing a farm in the desert since 2008.
“If we can get the soil to grow, and we can put up a canopy over the plants, it’s a game changer.”
Smith has been farming his land for six years, growing vegetables and herbs on a small plot of land in a remote area of the Mojachis mountains, just outside the city of Las Vegas.
He says he’s not afraid to face the elements, but he’s also not afraid of a little bit of rain.
“It’s not that I can’t live without it, it just depends on how long it lasts,” he says.
“If you can live without rain, you’ll be fine.
If you have rain, it can be an issue.
It can be devastating.”
He and his wife, Julie, started their own farm in 2015 and have been growing vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers on the land for three years.
They have been able to provide some of their food to the community, and they have been making the local news as well as winning local awards.
“It’s a pretty cool place to live,” says Smith.
“We have the most amazing views out here.”
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