We have worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program to improve the habitat for fish in Battle Creek. The structures, which are engineered to guide the flow of the creek through high water and low, and to prevent erosion. The structures also help with our flood irrigation system which also provides habitat for birds and other wildlife.
We irrigate our alfalfa with side-roll irrigation equipment. This allows us to grow alfalfa on a mesa with deep rich volcanic soil. Alas, equipment needs repair and new parts from time to time. My sidekick Siobhan and I made a trip to Vernal, Utah–a center for intensive irrigation–to buy replacement parts for our vintage system. We know Jerry Palen, and he calls me a true Flo–his cartoon wife who goes to buy parts without much information or knowledge. That was indeed my situation, but with the help of a very intuitive and competent salesperson, I managed to come home with the right stuff.