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The Crushing March of the Flowers (or the History of Herbivory Part V)

The Crushing March of the Flowers (or the History of Herbivory Part V)

There is nothing new under the sun and the world is born fresh at every moment. Holding both of those ideas at once will help you grab the overarching thesis of this very long series, which is eating up a significant percentage of the history […]

History of Herbivory Part IV

History of Herbivory Part IV

First-hand knowledge is so much better than second-hand knowledge. In the world of the internet, we are awash in second and third-hand knowledge. As a culture, we are trying to make up for many thousands of years when new ideas were carried from village to […]

History of Herbivory; Jurassic Sauropods

History of Herbivory; Jurassic Sauropods

Just like meeting your friend’s parents helps you understand that friend, Sauropod dinosaurs can help us understand us to understand our own herbivore-maintained-ecosystems. But before we get into that I must reluctantly do the almanac section, where I tell you what happened here on the […]

History of Herbivory Part II: The Jurassic

History of Herbivory Part II: The Jurassic

Savannas are central to the Bentgrass Blog so you might suspect that this history of herbivory is going to be about savannas. I’m not going to say one way or the other on that count. What I will tell you is that in this next […]

History of Herbivory Part I: Before Herbivory

History of Herbivory Part I: Before Herbivory

If you are so close to something that you can’t see the edges than you are going to miss something important. For this reason, we are going to start our deep dive into the history of herbivory by looking at the portion of the earth’s […]

Organics, Carbon, and Priviledge

Organics, Carbon, and Priviledge

Noah and Nate are going cross-eyed at Abel’s Dinosaur lessons. #tasteofmyownmedicine I saw an article on my facebook feed about a study proclaiming that organic is worse for the climate than conventional, since organic producers are less productive so that is more carbon per bushel […]

Global Warming  as Cultural Neurosis

Global Warming as Cultural Neurosis

There’s one spot on one of our ranches where I always freeze up like a deer in the headlights. You see, a few years ago there was this one time where I had 200 head that ran down a hill and I had put a […]

Respectful Discourse is More Important Than Global Warming

Respectful Discourse is More Important Than Global Warming

The following is a comment from someone I will call Jacob to last weeks blog post. Following that, my response to the comment. “As much as I would like to share his optimism, I believe this quote is utter nonsense and I would back up […]

Global Warming and the Fossil Record: Not What you Think

Global Warming and the Fossil Record: Not What you Think

There was a new report out this week with dire warnings about the consequences of global warming. As usual, the political right received this information with its usual response to expert opinion, sneering and eye rolling. Expert opinion? and facts, why would we need those? […]

Whats Right With Modern Agriculture

Whats Right With Modern Agriculture

So far, the only thing worse than modern agriculture is any of the alternatives. This fact has been concealed by our politics, agriculture having been swallowed up by our politics, just like everything else. If you say ‘agriculture is great’ or ‘agriculture needs to be […]


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Heavy Fuel Loads, The Fires in Ventura County, and the Brave New Normal

Heavy Fuel Loads, The Fires in Ventura County, and the Brave New Normal

With the fires in Ventura County, I think we can call it official; our heavy fuel loads have come home to roost. A week ago I could convince myself, while drinking a beer and listening to rain patter on the roof, that the fires that […]

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Friends and Family, The three of us Chisholm-Harts are spending our Thanksgiving eve thinking about what we are grateful for. Obviously all of you are top of mind.  We are settling into our temporary digs in Petaluma, Abel is busy practicing his walking and Hanna […]

We Lost Our Stuff in the Fire. What Did We Gain?

We Lost Our Stuff in the Fire. What Did We Gain?

On Monday the 9th, in the first round of wildfires in Sonoma County, the tiny handmade house that my wife and I have lived in for the last six years burnt to the ground. We were married in the front yard. Our one year old […]